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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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Professional Boundaries between you and your worker

All formal working relationships need rapport and trust to function well. This is particularly relevant to the relationship between an individual and the person/s who are employed to provide them with home care – carers or support workers. It is certainly important that the carer makes sure client’s feel at ease with approaching and relating to them – but it is equally important that the lines don’t become blurred. This relationship between an individual and their carer, should never come at the expense of maintaining clear professional boundaries.  Successful and ethical working relationships are based on a clear understanding of what…

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Ageing & frailty doesn’t mean the end of life as we know it!

Did you visit an elderly loved one at home this festive season? You might have noticed a change in their physical or mental well being. This time of year can be a confronting time for people with aging relatives they don’t see regularly. If you discover your elderly loved one has become frail, either physically or mentally, don’t despair. Frailty isn’t the end of the line. But it might signal the start of a new phase of life, when a little more support is required.  So what should you do? Firstly, don’t make any decisions about your elderly loved one’s future…

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Why a Low Cost Home Care Provider may NOT be the best option

IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THE MONEY HONEY The new Aged Care system in Australia is well and truly here, welcome to the new age of more consumer choice or (consumer directed care) than ever before when it comes Home Support Services. It’s been interesting as a provider to have numerous phone calls & communication with people searching for a provider. WHAT’S THE NUMBER 1 QUESTION THOSE PEOPLE ASK? How many hours can I get for my package? AND what is the COST? Of course you want to know exactly what it will cost, and it seems – many people are focused on…

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Steps to consider when choosing or changing Aged Care Providers

CLIENT DIRECTED CARE? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES? With the new changes now in effect this is a good time to evaluate where your current CDC (Client Directed Care) package is held & how satisfied you are with your current provider. If you are happy with your existing provider then that’s good news for you. However it’s worth noting that from February 2017 you can move your CDC Home Care package from your existing provider should you be unsatisfied with your current arrangement/staff etc. You also may be eligible for additional hours once your package is…

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Home Care Package Information

SERVICES UNDER A HOME CARE PACKAGE ARE FLEXIBLE & DESIGNED TO HELP WITH INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT NEEDS The types of support that may be provided as part of a package can include the following: Bathing, showering or personal hygiene Domestic Assistance – Laundry/Vaccuming ect Social support/Community Access  Transport Shopping In-home respite Meal preparation Medication monitoring Clients can also access allied health services and other support options as part of their package of care. We have alliances with various Allied Health Partners here on the coast and in all of our service locations. CAN I CHANGE MY SERVICES IF I START WITH…

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HELP – How Do I Organise Home Care for My Parents?

Looking after your parents as they age can be a stressful and worrying time, you’re not sure what they need or how to go about organising it for them. Navigating the Aged Care system in Australia can be difficult – as anyone who has had to do so can tell you – its complex, and can be difficult to get answers to your questions. SO WHERE DO YOU START ? It’s important to establish what type of help they need. Is it help with day to day activities such as showering? Transport, shopping, or just some general cleaning? You may…

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Organising Home Care for your Parents

Organising & Implementing Home Care Services for your parents, or loved ones can be a stressful time that brings up lots of emotions… Many people have experience a lot of guilt – they feel that they should be able to do it all for their parents instead of bringing in ‘strangers’. This is particularly true if your loved ones are reluctant to have home support services. The reality is – we all lead busy lives, and many children caring for their parents work, have a young family of their own to support, or both! It’s just not possible to ‘do…

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