Aged Care

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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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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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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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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In-Home Care – is it a viable alternative to a nursing home?

While nursing homes offer numerous advantages for the support needs of the frail, the elderly and the terminally ill in terms of expertise and availability of help twenty fours hours per day, it is not always the best option for each person, and in home care should be considered as an alternative first. The decision to stay at home versus the move to a formal care facility is a personal one – each case should be considered individually, as what is right for one person can be very wrong for another. Another Option – Home Care Services For many people, home is the…

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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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