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Caring for someone with dementia can be an extremely challenging time. But as a family member, we know you’re there offering unconditional love, care and support to your loved one from the very beginning, no matter how difficult it gets.

We were pleased to be supporting and taking part in the very first ‘A Walk in the Park' in Geelong, a fundraising event to raise vital money for the wonderful organisation Parkinson's Victoria.

Wouldn’t you just love to know that your loved one is being cared for in their own homes by CAREGivers who want to share, not just their professional experience, but their hearts.

In Australia, over 90% of people want to continue living in the comfort of their own home as they age. It has always been our mission at Home Instead Senior Care to support older people with living independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

Most people imagine end of life care can only be accessed in a care home, hospital or hospice. However, with proper planning, you can receive palliative care at home surrounded by the comfort of your family, close friends and most loved possessions.

As we age, it becomes all too easy to let our exercise go. We lose the physical prowess we had when we were younger so it becomes more challenging to move the way we used to – so many people end up moving less and less.

You are never too old to get moving. The human body responds to exercise, no matter our age, and the health benefits are many.

You’re not the only one who’s been finding it difficult to get out of their PJs and slippers this winter. The chilly mornings and early evenings can make leaving a cosy warm home rather uninviting.

Important Preparations for Seniors, Families and CAREGivers

No one enjoys getting jabbed by a needle. But unfortunately it’s that time of year again where we roll up our sleeves for influenza vaccinations.

What are Home Care Packages?

Home care packages are made up of a group of care services that supports seniors to continuing living independently at home with choice, flexibility and control.

The 2018 Budget announcement will see $1.6 billion dollars allocated to aged care and supporting older Australians at home.

When the time comes, over 70% of Australians say they prefer to die at home, surrounded by their friends and family, but, in reality less than 10 per cent experience that possibility.

If you were very unwell and not able to communicate your preferences to others, who would you want to speak for you? What would you want them to say?

What is a Government Package?

Every year, on March 8th, International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world to remember the movement for women’s right, as well as the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The word ‘Easter’ immediately springs a few things to mind; yellow chicks, bunnies, excited children and lots and lots of chocolate. But while this all may sound very exciting for some, the holidays are not something we all look forward to.

We all like to think we could do anything to help our loved ones during their time of need. However, it is the sad reality that many unpaid carers are putting their own health at risk through their devotion and commitment to helping others.

Are you concerned about your parents living at home?

Are you unsure where to turn to next?

Christmas is a time filled with family, friends and festive traditions but for many, the season for celebrations can be lonely, and especially so for seniors.

For many of us, the Christmas period is an enjoyable time packed with celebrations and habitual family get-togethers with our nearest and dearest.

Are you feeling stiff in the mornings? Do your joints ache more than they used to? Have you noticed inflammation in your hands, feet or back? These are all symptoms of arthritis.

We all know how important nutrition is for our general health and wellbeing. Getting the recommended amount of nutrition our bodies require to ensure we remain strong and healthy is essential for maintaining a good physical and mental state.

Caring for ageing parents is a very difficult task and can lead to some sensitive situations between siblings as they navigate the process. According to Carers Australia, there are close to 3 million unpaid carers in Australia and almost all primary carers are a family member.

This National Nutrition Week, in-home care provider Home Instead Senior Care is launching its newest resource, Nutrition for Seniors. The resource is a guide to healthy habits for eating well in old age and was developed with respected dietitian and author Ngaire Hobbins.

How to manage arthritis in old age, according to Home Instead Senior Care and Arthritis Australia

Carers play an extremely important role in supporting the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of a loved one living with dementia. When a persons’ mental and/or physical health decreases as a result of dementia and daily activities become increasingly difficult, assistance from a confid

The older we get, the more encouraged we are to invest in our health. While it is very important to take great care of ourselves during our senior years, really, this is an attitude we should embrace throughout our entire lives.

Death is not a topic that families generally discuss in depth around the dinner table consequently, for many families they do not have a clear understanding about their loved one’s wishes until it is too late.

Did you know you could claim on your aged care expenses?

Our thermal jumpers and thick winter boots have certainly made a reappearance from the back of the closet this season as temperatures drop to an all-time low.

Most people develop a decrease in their mobility, energy and strength as they grow older. This often hinders every day tasks they have previously taken for granted, and it is common for simple duties, such as shopping or cleaning, to become exceedingly demanding on their bodies.

There are many decisions to make and important considerations to weigh up when finding a CAREGiver. Nothing is more important than finding the right people to support you or your family members at home.

The option for seniors to live at home for longer has never been more accessible. Thanks to quality CAREGiving services, nowadays many seniors choose to continue living in the comfort of their own home, rather than moving into a residential care facility.

Imagine a world without any companions … it would be reasonably lonely, right? But the sad truth is, seniors are most prone to feeling lonely than any other age group.

“My favourite memory of my mother is from when I was seven-years-old. My mother was extremely good at all athletic games, but she played table tennis at a very high standard. She used to travel the world to compete and she won many, many trophies.

Advice for Seniors During the Easter Break

Got the Travel Bug?

Discussing whether home care is right for yourself or a loved one can be difficult and you may have many queries that are influencing your decision. Some of the common questions people ask when considering home care are, will I lose my freedom? How will home care change my lifestyle?

Home Instead Senior Care’s Melbourne Eastern Suburbs office is working with St Kevin’s Primary School Lower Templestowe to write Christmas cards for seniors in the community – mainly those in residential aged care facilities.

Scooters are comparatively expensive and there are quite a few different types of motorised wheelchairs on the market, so it is best to shop around and find out as much as you can about them before deciding to buy. 

(Part 3 in a special Home Instead series on Mobility Aids)

Motorised mobility scooters – also known as motorised wheelchairs and ‘gophers’ – are designed to improve mobility and independence for people who have difficulty when moving due to disability, age, illness or injury.

Home Instead Senior Care has achieved the new International Standards of Operation (ISO9001:2015) Quality Management System accreditation for the delivery of Aged Care at Home.

It’s the kind of news that could help Mum or Dad get moving!

If you’re travelling with a parent or other loved one suffering from dementia, it can be quite challenging, as well as stressful for both of you, particularly when travelling for comparatively long distances by car or train.

According to recent research, nearly all people experience some form of cognitive decline later in life.

(Part 2 in a special Home Instead series on Mobility Aids)

Once you get your head around the idea of a walking stick – and how it will make you look “old and frail” – it might just be what you need to give you a little bit of help and improve your confidence.

(Part 1 in a special Home Instead series on Mobility Aids)

2015 was one of the worst years for influenza in recent history in Australia.

It’s too early to predict how the 2016 flu season will pan out – each year sees different strains of the infection – but one thing is certain, it will be older Australians who will be most at risk.

Living a healthy lifestyle is something everyone aims to do, so in the interests of caring for seniors, the team at Home Instead Senior Care have decided to share some tips on maintaining a healthy heart, based on information we have gleaned from the

As a person gets older, his or her skin tends to become dryer, thinner, less supple and more sensitive. They are also more susceptible to skin disease and infections ranging from itching, cracking and scaling to dermatitis and ulcerations.

Police called in to solve senior fraud

In this day and age most people will have heard of senior fraud and the effects it can have on an individual both mentally and physically. Even though there are a number of resources readily available to the public to help prevent people falling victim to the scammers, the number of fraud offences are rising each year.

January 2016 saw a change to Australia’s aged care complaints handling with the introduction of an Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, Rae Lamb.

It’s official. Despite enjoying longer lifespans, older Australians are spending less time living in residential aged care and more time living happily and independently at home.

Everyone has heard of dementia, but what is it actually like, living with dementia?

Home Instead Senior Care Australia has welcomed new legislation passed in The Australian Senate on 3rd March, formally establishing the rights of older Australians to exercise greater choice and control over their home care services.

The Federal Government plans to build improved and nationally consistent dementia support services for all Australians following independent analysis that described the current system as lacking "consistency and coordination".

Belinda Marsh has been awarded the 2015 CAREGiver of the Year by Home Instead Senior Care Blackburn and Eastern Suburbs. The prestigious award recognises Belinda’s outstanding commitment to providing quality care that enhances the lives of seniors and their families.

World Stroke Day is on Thursday the 29th October 2015. 

Growing older forces change. Change that can impact happiness, independence and aspects of daily living such as relationships, finances, health, safety and housing. To ensure you and your loved one’s future unfolds as you wish, you need to plan ahead.

Monday 12th October marks World Arthritis Day.

The 2015 Global AgeWatch Index has ranked Australia 17th out of 96 countries according to the social and economic wellbeing of older people.

Caring for someone with a life-threatening illness can be physically, emotionally and financially draining. When you add a disease like Dementia into the equation, it can present a whole new set of challenges.

Palliative Care to facilitate Dying at Home

Home Instead Senior Care formally launched our new public education project Dying At Home at the National Palliative Care Conference in Melbourne (2nd – 4th September).

Home Instead Senior Care recently consulted with a wide cross-section of consumers, carers, service providers and health professionals Australia-wide to ascertain their views on Dying at Home.

Emergency App for Seniors

Imagine you had an accident, a fall perhaps and need help in an emergency. How easy would it be for you or someone else to find your doctors' phone number? Or your daughter's mobile number?

Older people have managed their own lives for a long time. It comes as no surprise that they do not want to be submissive recipients of services, dependent on funded providers.

Signs your ageing parent needs help
  • Does your mum or dad ever forget they’ve put the kettle on?
  • Lose their medication, or run out before the next script is filled?
  • Is there a mysterious dent on their car?
  • Mail and/or laundry piling up?

Our dementia friendly program Creating a Dementia Friendly Australia: Educating & Empowering Organisations empowers local organisations to understand and better assist and support people with dementia by enhancing their knowledge, awareness and approach to dementia.

Older people have managed their own lives for a long time. It comes as no surprise that they do not want to be submissive recipients of services, dependent on funded providers. They want to remain independent and have choice, control and flexibility over the care and services they receive.

As winter approaches and we drag out the heaters and put our clothes dryers to good use, Home Instead Senior Care believe it’s an opportune time to check your home is safe and sound for the months ahead.

Dementai Resource Guide

In 2012, Home Instead Senior Care developed a free resource booklet for families and carers of people with dementia. Today we share over 50,000 copies with familes and carers of people living with dementia in our community each year.

In April, a family caregiver who once saw Alzheimer’s as something to be ashamed of is awarded the Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) Family Carer of the Year Award

When Seniors Say "No!" Booklet

In our experience there are many people worried about their ageing parents and want to get them the help they need. But this help and support is often met with absolute resistance from ageing adults who would rather not have any help at all!

Dementia has been front of mind in cinematic circles this year with the release of award winning feature film, ‘Still Alice’.

March saw the release of the 2015 Intergenerational Report (IGR), giving Australians a rare glimpse into our distant future.

At Home Instead Senior Care we provide quality in-home care and companionship for older Australians.

November 2014 marked 10 years of Home Instead Senior Care in Australia. To celebrate a decade of caring for seniors in our community we were joined by the founders of Home Instead Senior Care international franchise – Paul and Lori Hogan – at our national conference.

Sydney resident Alison Gotch has been named Home Instead Senior Care National CAREGiver of the Year for 2014.

Making Home Safer for Seniors - Free Booklet

Home Instead is helping keep seniors safe at home with our latest public education booklet – Making Home Safer for Seniors.

At Home Instead Senior Care we look at ageing with positivity, confidence and light heart. Here are just a few of our favourite quotes on ageing.

“Old age is no place for sissies.” 

― Bette Davis, (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989)

If you are thinking of arranging home care for your aged loved one, but were concerned about who would be looking after them, let us put your mind at rest.

It’s a sad fact of life that as we age our sight and our hearing deteriorates.