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How to choose the right aged care home for relatives or loved ones

Finding an aged care home is a time consuming and often stressful experience. Often it is not considered until there is an urgent need and time is of the essence.  If at all possible don’t wait until it reaches crisis point – the sooner you can start planning and researching suitable facilities – for yourself or elderly loved ones – the less stressful it will be when the time comes to make the move to an aged care home. Once the decision has been made that living at home is no longer an option, where to now? How do you…

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5 Respite Care Options to give the carer a short or regular break

If you look at the definition of respite it says : a short period of time when you are able to stop doing something that is difficult or unpleasant. Most people think of respite in terms of a carer taking a break. If you care for another person either temporarily or on a permanent basis you have probably heard the term respite care used to describe ways you can take a break from your caring role. Caring for someone is a very rewarding experience in many ways but it can also be overwhelming, frustrating and exhausting. Many research projects have…

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Aged Care – Ways to help your elderly parents stay in their own home

As we age inevitably our thoughts turn to facing the day when we may have to move our elderly parent /s into a Nursing Home. While most people dried the thought, there is much you can do to ensure they are able to remain in their own home for as long as possible, if not for always. Some careful planning about your parents’ environment can enable them to remain there even when their health and / or their mobility decline. 1. HOME MODIFICATIONS Think and plan about how things may need to change as your parents mobility and function decline….

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Media Release Advanced Care Australia

FINALIST IN 12th ANNUAL STEVIE® AWARDS FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS Advanced Care Australia has been named as a finalist in the ‘Women-Run Workplace of the Year – More than 10 Employees in Business’ category in the 12th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, and will ultimately be a gold, silver, or bronze Stevie award winner in the program. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees and the companies they run – worldwide.  The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards. Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced…

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Why Young People with a Disability Do NOT Belong in a Nursing Home

There are more than 7,000 young people living in Aged Care facilities in Australia. By ‘young’ people I mean people under the age of 65, and a significant portion of this number is people under the age of 50 ! Why are they there ? Many of them are younger people with a disability with complex support needs that for one or more reasons can’t be supported at home. It could be the cost, the physical environment of their home, the difficulties staffing their support, family issues – sometimes its complicated, it’s hard and its very costly for a younger…

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At Home Assisted Living Services – Home Care Services

The human touch has a way of relieving pain and stress – physical and emotional. The elderly and ill get as much out of a personal home care visit as they do from yet another doctor’s appointment. When age – and the illness that comes with it – slows my mum and dad down, I know I will need help. Children know their obligations I know what I owe my parents. But, for many reasons, I cannot always honour those obligations fully. I work throughout the day. I have my own family to take care of. Sometimes, I just need…

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What is Palliative Care and Why Do I Need It

If you are fighting a serious illness for which there is not a known cure, whether it be cancer, heart or lung disease – then Palliative Care can help. It can help you to manage symptoms such as pain, breathlessness, stress or to work through unanswered questions about how your disease will progress and what will happen in the future. As the Medical Specialist responsible for your care is focused on deciding on which treatment is best, rather than the other issues that affect your well being – Palliative Care can be the ‘bridge’ between you and your day to…

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Benefits of using a local Aged Care Provider on the Sunshine Coast

Anyone living on the Sunshine Coast who wants the best for their elderly parents should consider a local aged care Sunshine Coast provider. There are huge number of benefits of choosing a local aged care Sunshine Coast provider for both clients and family members, just are few of which are as follows: 1. Network of contacts With a wealth of contacts in both aged care and associated fields, local aged care Sunshine Coast providers have access to a huge amount of information about all aspects of home care as well as contacts in related goods and services including aids and…

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The NDIS is Coming to Queensland – it’s YOUR Choice!

WHAT WILL IT MEAN FOR YOU ? How will you choose your host provider? How much of your support you will manage yourself? In Queensland we are still in the early stages, with the Your Life Your Choice (YLYC) program under the Department of Communities – with the NDIS being introduced in the next 18 months. Now that you can decide – who do you choose ? What a great opportunity to really find the right service for you. But there is so much choice – how do you choose? Where do you start? You can start with the list…

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Finding the Right GP – Priceless

In my experience (as a Registered Nurse, a patient, or a relative of a patient) having a good GP is priceless and can make all the difference to your health and well being. Having a local doctor who knows your history well, and understands your concerns is invaluable, particularly if you have a chronic illness. BUT they can be hard to find. Now no disrespect to the the medical profession, there are numerous committed and professional doctors available in the community, but sadly there are some that really miss the mark. I have witnessed first hand some unfortunate cases of…

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