Home Care

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 without…

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Questions to Ask Prospective Home Care Providers

Finding your way around the Aged Care system to organise a Home Care Package can be daunting. It will save time if you have a general understanding of the steps involved. Here’s a few hints and tips, set out in steps as how to’s and explanations of common terms that might help! Step 1 – The ACAT assessment If you are over 65 and wanting to access government subsidised services, you will need to be assessed and approved for the type of services you need. The ACAT team will do an in-home assessment and ‘approve’ you for various support services. To…

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WE ARE HIRING! Home Care Workers

WE HAVE A PRESSING NEED NEED FOR TEAM MEMBERS IN THE CABOOLTURE, BRIBIE, DECEPTION BAY, REDCLIFFE, & BRISBANE NORTH AREAS IN GENERAL PLEASE READ OUR JOB DESCRIPTION AND IF YOU THINK IT’S A GOOD FIT, CLICK ON THE APPLY NOW BUTTON BELOW! JOB DESCRIPTION About the business and the role Local, family owned service provider we are a team who are passionate about providing high quality, flexible, client focused services in our community.We support people of all ages with varying levels of ability – with a focus on maintaining or improving their quality of life.Whether Community Services is your passion, or…

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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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Aged Care Services

The difference in using a local Home Care Business

It’s All About Values Sometimes I get an unexpected and timely reminder of why we started a home care business – and just what a difference the knowledge and connections of a truly local provider can make to people in the community. Today was one of those days! I was contacted by a friend of a friend on Facebook who was trying to organise a trip to the beach for her Nan’s 97th birthday. Nan lives in an Aged Care facility and is confined to bed, making a simple trip to the beach a challenge!. When she reached out, I…

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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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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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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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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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