Carers, You Need Care Too

Carers, You Need Care Too

We learnt some home truths about our carers from the 2016 Census. There are 2.7 million unpaid caregivers in Australia. More than half provide services for at least 20 hours per week, some for many more. The average primary caregiver …

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How to Age Well in Our Own Home

How to Age Well in Our Own Home

There is little need to argue the fact that most people would rather stay in their own home as they age. This has become known as ‘ageing in place’, an aged care term defining the act of living in the …

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The Gift of Ageing

The Gift of Ageing

Max had been living with his son and daughter-in-law *Rachel for five years before he was diagnosed with colon cancer. After hearing the news, he requested palliative care and said he’d like to live out his final days at home …

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When Home-Care Feels Like Family-Care

When Home-Care Feels Like Family-Care

Eighty-two-year-old Sandra told her staff that they’d have to carry her out of her Sydney office before they’d ever get her to retire. Work was her life, especially after her husband passed away and her son grew up. Sandra is …

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Never Say Never! Travelling with a Disability

Never Say Never! Travelling with a Disability

“Nothing should stop you from doing things,” says Sydney mum Sue, primary disability carer for her 20-year-old daughter Lorrin or ‘Loz’ as she likes to call her. Sue and her husband Rod made a solemn promise to their baby girl …

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Providing Better Private Aged Care

Providing Better Private Aged Care

Providing care for your ageing parent can be complicated when you consider the many practical and financial issues that go along with it. Can you manage the care of your parent by yourself? Do you need additional home care and …

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My Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease – What Can I Do?

My Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease – What Can I Do?

Anyone with a family member who has Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia-causing condition knows the pain of saying “Happy Mother’s Day, Mum” only to get a blank expression in return. Alzheimer grief doesn’t begin at death. We begin to miss …

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The Aged Care Conversation

The Aged Care Conversation

When Jane Oliver from Sydney’s North Shore said to her son and daughter: “Kids, I know we haven’t talked about what I want for my aged care yet, but I’ve been thinking…” she was a happy, active 65-year-old with no …

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More Than Just Care – It’s Companionship

More Than Just Care – It’s Companionship

The Aged Care industry in NSW and Australia wide has many misconceptions but we want to know the important questions. How vital is a carers friendship when receiving in-home care? The answer is simple: VERY, a social life helps you …

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In Home Care or Residential Care

In Home Care or Residential Care

In the wake of nursing home scandals and reports of resident abuse at the state-run Oakden in South Australia, it’s clear that a new model of aged care in NSW and Australia wide is long overdue. Aged care raises complex …

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