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Home Care Funding – Will it be enough?

CURRENTLY, THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDES TWO TIERS OF SERVICE TO ASSIST PEOPLE IN STAYING IN THEIR OWN HOME 1 – The Community Home Support Program & 2 – The 4 Levels of Home Care Packages The goal is that this support will enable people to remain living in their own home – rather than having to enter an Aged Care Facility / Nursing Home. While this sounds great – the reality is proving to be less than ideal for those with a burning desire to stay in their own home. There are some current issues that can – and do –…

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Getting Ready for the NDIS in Five Simple Steps!

It’s time to find out when the NDIS is coming to the Sunshine Coast and surrounds. We should all be receiving or have already received a letter. If not, please call the NDIS on 1800 800 110 and ask if they have your details. If they don’t have your details, you will need to complete a request to access form. Find out when the NDIS is coming to your area. Each state and region is different. Learn if you might be able to access the NDIS. Accessing the NDIS depends on your age, residency and disability. Are you under 65 years…

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How to overcome apprehension about having care at home

A lot of people find it very stressful to acknowledge that they need the assistance, and then taking the next step in actually allowing carers through the door can be very daunting. So how can you help your parents / loved ones to come to terms with having in home support? How do you help them adjust? When someone first needs care they are usually dealing with loss; loss of independence to some degree, it could be a physical or mental loss of capacity or they just see needing help as a sign of weakness. Accepting support from a ‘stranger’…

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Linda Summerton gains admission to the prestigious ‘Advanced Leadership Program’

CONGRATULATIONS! She did it! Another feather in our Managing Director/CEO’s cap. Great work Linda along with running a very busy company. How do you think this will assist you in your role with Advanced Care? “The course has equipped me with an invaluable set of skills and knowledge on both a personal – and a professional level, and I am very excited about what this will mean for Advanced Care. Whilst I am immensely proud of what we have achieved over our 15 years in business, our focus now needs to be on progressing our company to the next level…

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Elderly mum or dad ok? In Home Care may be the answer

Leslie helped her mum and dad downsize to their little cottage. Both 70, at the time, they were fit for their age. But mum wanted less housework and dad a smaller yard. Now, at 75, mum has Parkinson’s disease, and Leslie is over 50 with two kids in college. Leslie is a Purchasing Manager looking forward to travel with her husband Mick at retirement. But, now Leslie worries about mum and dad being home alone without home care services. WHAT SHE SEES Leslie visits mum and dad twice a week. She always finds mum napping and pills by her bedside. Dad…

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Knowing Your Medications

These days there are so many prescription drugs on the market that more and more people can find themselves on a long list of pills and potions!  It can be hard to keep track of what you are taking, which ones you have tried in the past & what has or hasn’t worked for you. It is however very important for your health and safety to be informed about what you are taking. In our day to day management of clients in both aged care / home care situations, we find that many people can’t remember what medications they take,…

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Health Professional Radio Network

ACA Founder speaking with the Health Professional Radio Network – “A personal account of navigating support services” Segment Overview: In this segment, Linda Summerton, the Managing Director of Advanced Care Australia joins the program to promote her company and the exceptional services that they offer. Advanced Care Australia is Sunshine Coast’s premier Disability and Aged Care Support agency. She states that the one thing that sets her company apart from other home care agencies is that their staff are matched in skill set and personality type to their clients in order ensure the best fit possible. Interview Transcript Tabetha Moreto: Hello…

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Meals on Wheels – It’s not like you know it!

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with Kathy and Alexi. Gone are the days of mashed veges dished out with an ice cream scoop – their meals are delicious! Did you know each Meals on Wheels is a separate entity, so meals can vary from one to another? The St. Lucia team take great pride in planning, preparing and delivering fresh, wholesome and delicious home cooked meals to their clients – served hot and ready to eat. In addition to this they provide perhaps the most important ingredient – a friendly hello and check-in for the people they…

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Mobility Scooters – 5 Things you need to consider

1: MAKE SURE A SCOOTER IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU. Mobility scooters are great for getting around – but they are not suitable for everyone. Operating a scooter requires some strength and skill. You need to take into account your ability/skill in – sight, co-ordination, strength, balance, and being able to concentrate for long periods of time. The best way to be sure a scooter is right for you is to be assessed by your GP or an Occupational Therapist before you buy. 2: CHOOSE YOUR SCOOTER CAREFULLY Three wheels? Four wheels? What model? Which controls ? Is it better to hire…

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Changing Home Care Providers – What do you need to do?

The face of the Australian home care industry has begun to change. If you’ve caught wind of this, you might have found yourself asking (for yourself or on behalf of an elderly friend or relative) “am I getting the best care package for my money?” or “what hours of support does it qualify them/me for?” Depending on your provider this can vary! You may be confused about what service you should be receiving, or concerned about making the move to other providers. If you are, don’t worry – you’re not alone. In this article, we’re going to share with you…

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