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Olive resides full time in the Training Centre of Back to Basics Care. She assists students to perform activities that take place within a health care setting. Her role here on the website is to keep you up-to-date with research and study outcomes within the health care sector.

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Cycling Without Age

December 19, 2016 0 Comments
Cycling Without Age

What a marvelous concept! An initiative to help older people get back into cycling was recently launched in Canberra… it is the first Australian Chapter of Cycling without Age. And in writing this article I remember a time when Reg used to dink me on his pushbike and all of the fun we had! Cycling […]

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Mobile Games for People with Dementia

December 12, 2016 0 Comments
Mobile Games for People with Dementia

Well, haven’t games for people with Dementia advanced since I had the time to sit down and play a good old board game or enjoy a night of bingo! Thanks to technology, we now have access to hundreds of mobile games that help people exercise their cognitive ability with just a touch of their fingers. […]

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The Importance of Recording Instructions, Treatments and Observations

December 1, 2016 1 Comment
The Importance of Recording Instructions, Treatments and Observations

There is a saying in the health care industry: “If it’s not written down, it didn’t happen”. This only begins to sum up the importance of recording instructions, treatments and observation. In the medical setting, health records are a thorough documentation of everything that a patient undergoes throughout a treatment process, so it is vital […]

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Transferring Your Client In and Out of a Car

September 19, 2016 0 Comments
Transferring Your Client In and Out of a Car

Reg has asked me on numerous occasions if I would like to accompany him for a little jaunt in the countryside. Each time I remind him (ever so gently) that he doesn’t have a car licence – or a car! But if he did… he might need some expertise is helping me in and out […]

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Ways to Help Your Patient to Relax and Sleep

May 31, 2016 0 Comments
Ways to Help Your Patient to Relax and Sleep

Yelling “Get in your bed!” or “Go to sleep!” isn’t exactly an acceptable method to encouraging your client to relax and sleep. 🙂 Sometimes sleep evades even the most relaxed person – and your client or patient could be one of those struggling to get some necessary shut eye. They could be restless, or having […]

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Horticulture Therapy Helping Dementia Patients

May 16, 2016 0 Comments
Horticulture Therapy Helping Dementia Patients

Reg asked me just the other day: “Do you think I’ll like gardening when I grow up?” Being a skeleton I didn’t have the heart to tell him that he was way past considering the benefits of Horticulture Therapy. So I just mentioned that with his busy schedule teaching Body Systems at Back to Basics […]

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The Art of Logrolling Your Client

April 21, 2016 0 Comments
The Art of Logrolling Your Client

Logrolling is a technique used in Health Care to turn a person whose body must be kept in a straight alignment at all times. Perhaps the person has a spinal injury, and turning them in one movement is vital to avoid any twisting. Logrolling requires two people. If the person you need to roll is […]

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Changing the Position of a Client or Resident

March 10, 2016 0 Comments
Changing the Position of a Client or Resident

In the next few articles you’ll discover the different aspects to changing the position of a client or resident in your care. These include the reasons for changing their position, the different positions, and techniques for the turning your client. Reg was kind enough to ‘model’ the positions for you… and being the perfect specimen […]

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Dealing with Incontinence

February 22, 2016 0 Comments
Dealing with Incontinence

Incontinence is the loss of bladder or bowel control which results in the leakage of urine or faeces (when not wanted). While it can be time consuming and require extra effort caring for someone with incontinence – bear in mind the impact on the psychology and quality of life of the person you are caring […]

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Exercise Helping Cancer Patients

February 1, 2016 0 Comments
Exercise Helping Cancer Patients

We all know the benefits of exercise and the shortfalls of being sedentary – but have you ever considered the advantages of movement specific to a certain disease? Recent studies suggest that regular exercise improves the overall quality of life for people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Some ways exercise helps cancer patients include: […]

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