Disability Support

Discussing home care options with your ageing parents?

GROWING OLDER DOESN’T HAVE TO BE SCARY But quite frankly it is. Losing the ability to care for oneself can not only be a risk to personal safety, but it is difficult to come to terms with mentally and emotionally. Often its left to the children to broach the subject of Mum and or Dad needing home care, – this can be a daunting prospect but can be made more comfortable and more effective by careful research and planning. While as children we can find it difficult to discuss with our parents – remember that this is a more significant transition…

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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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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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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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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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