How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout in Brisbane North, QLD
How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout in Brisbane North, QLD
By Machaela Magennis, 9:00 am on October 11, 2017

Being a family caregiver is a great opportunity to bond with your senior loved one and ensure he or she receives high-quality care. However, caregiving can be an overwhelming job. If you do not take time for yourself, you could neglect your own health and eventually feel burned out. Here are some of the things you can do to prevent caregiver burnout.  Remain Social  Caring for your loved one could…

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7 Beneficial Outcomes of Respite Care for Family Caregivers in North Brisbane, QLD
7 Beneficial Outcomes of Respite Care for Family Caregivers in North Brisbane, QLD
By Machaela Magennis, 9:00 am on September 27, 2017

Caring for an elderly loved one can be a challenging commitment. You will need to be your loved one’s support, which could cause you to forget to care for yourself. However, respite care allows you to get some “me time” while knowing your loved one is safe. Here are some of the benefits respite care provides to family caregivers.  1. Make Time for Socialisation Respite care allows you to get…

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By Machaela Magennis, 10:19 pm on September 19, 2017

Here are some of the ways we have enriched the lives of our clients recently: Visiting the Maritime Museum Tenpin bowling Movies Fish and chips at Redcliffe Reading Billy Slater’s Autobiography Helping with post Stroke rehab Helping maintain the circulation in a client’s legs Taking a client to the Doctor and explaining the diagnosis Treating a client to a meal on us Sharing one of our wonderful books written by the founders See, so much more than showering and toileting. If you have an elder loved one who deserves this sort of personalised attention to enrich their life, please call us. Please follow and like us:

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Tips to Choose the Best Care Worker in Brisbane North, QLD
Tips to Choose the Best Care Worker in Brisbane North, QLD
By Machaela Magennis, 9:00 am on September 13, 2017

When choosing a care worker for your senior loved one, you want the individual to be responsible, trustworthy, and experienced. However, finding the right care worker can be difficult, especially for people who are unfamiliar with the process. Here are a few things to consider when searching for a care worker. Determine What Level of Care Is Required Each senior is different and requires individualised care. For example, a senior…

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Ways to Prevent Alzheimer's in Brisbane North, QLD
Ways to Prevent Alzheimer's in Brisbane North, QLD
By Machaela Magennis, 9:00 am on August 23, 2017

Seniors can make certain lifestyle changes that can protect their health and slow cognitive decline. By eating healthy, exercising, and remaining socially active, older adults can boost their brain power, keep their minds sharp, and reduce the risk of memory-related conditions. Here are some of the ways seniors can stave off Alzheimer’s disease.  1. Socialise Often Isolation can cause your loved one’s brain to become inactive, which could increase the…

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By Machaela Magennis, 9:00 am on August 9, 2017

Ageing adults may need assistance with daily activities, and most of them perform better physically, emotionally, and mentally when they choose to age in place. Here are a few reasons to consider in-home care for your ageing loved one. 1. Offers Greater Independence According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 90 percent of Australian seniors prefer to age in place. Regardless of their age and physical health, most…

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By Machaela Magennis, 6:48 am on July 19, 2017

Anyone who has cared for someone with Dementia will say that it is quite unlike caring for someone with any other disease. For many other injuries and illnesses, often we can see gradual, or even rapid, improvements and those glimmers of hope help us to realise that our loved one will be on the mend very soon. However Dementia is a contrary disease and it changes the person who has it. Without warning and without regard for circumstances, day, time or occasion, it can change the mind, emotions and personality of those who suffer from it. Anyone who has cared for a loved one with Dementia will attest that it is difficult every day for both the carer and the…

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By Machaela Magennis, 6:59 am on July 12, 2017

Hands up who loves recipes from the Mediterranean Diet? Me too! I love it because it is often referred to as a heart healthy diet. (Actually, I really love it because I adore seafood and all the fresh tastes that are used). We are so lucky in Australia to have beautiful fresh fruit and vegetables available from a variety of sources like farmer’s markets, supermarkets and even our own backyards! By coupling these great foods with olive oil, we can help to lower our levels of “bad” cholesterol which narrows arteries and can contribute to heart disease. Further to this, the diet has been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, overall mortality, reduced incidences of Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease…

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By Machaela Magennis, 7:04 am on July 4, 2017

I have written recently about consequences of falls and exercises to prevent falls. If you missed these blogs, please feel free to go back and read them on our website. There are some proactive measures we can all take, in addition to the exercises to improve balance, which may help to avoid falls. Avoidance will always be better than recovery. Some of the risk factors which your loved one may experience can include: Muscular weakness, especially in the lower body – simple exercises can help to build muscular strength. Difficulties with mobility and balance – mobility aids can help. For more serious issues, seek the assistance of a medical professional. Vitamin D deficiency which can lead to calcium deficiency –…

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By Machaela Magennis, 7:06 am on June 21, 2017

Last week, I spoke about the consequences of falls. This week I will give you some exercise to help prevent falls, by building balance and strength. It is recommended that these exercises be done on two non-consecutive days a week. This will help to minimise muscle strain and will trick your body into being forced to remember them all over again. In the beginning, just hold a chair as you do them. As you improve, you can hold the chair with one finger and then use no hands. For the brave and confident ones among us (and under the guidance of a care partner or family member), you could even try it with your eyes closed! But please, please, please…

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