Vission-Loss
Vission-Loss
By Jacinta Sheedy, 12:56 pm on April 2, 2019

We all lose our keys or forget where we put our reading glasses as we get older. Or maybe we even forget an appointment. These all can be normal signs of the aging process, but there are certain behaviors that may be the can indicate early signs of Alzheimer’s, especially if they persist and begin to disrupt daily life. With early detection and diagnosis, more can be done to mitigate the…

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Support Worker
Support Worker
By Jacinta Sheedy, 3:40 pm on July 30, 2018

Meeting your support worker for the first time is an exciting experience –it establishes the commencement of a new support journey and provides an insight of the types of support you will receive. At Home Care Assistance we pride ourselves on matching our care partners to our clients, so that both parties really have a great working relationship. When staring a new service or having a new support worker with…

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Touch - Sensation
Touch - Sensation
By Jacinta Sheedy, 12:38 pm on June 13, 2018

Loss of Touch – Affecting lifestyle The loss or change in touch can affect our lifestyle and day to day living. Often, we find elderly people with sensory loss tend to have problems in communicating, enjoying activities, and staying involved socially. Changes to our senses can unfortunately lead to isolation. Ageing brings predictable changes to our senses, often making them less sharp, which can in turn disturb the supply of…

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Taste
Taste
By Jacinta Sheedy, 4:14 pm on June 8, 2018

Effects of ageing on taste and smell The most important thing to remember about the sense of taste is that it highly dependent upon the sense of smell. The brain is only capable of distinguishing five specific flavours; Sour Sweet Salty Bitter Savoury We experience taste when saliva combines with good to break it down chemically. Our mouths contain over 10,000 taste buds. Our taste buds must physically meet the…

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Vission-Loss
Vission-Loss
By Jacinta Sheedy, 11:51 am on June 7, 2018

Changes to our vision We have written about how our senses can be affected at any age, especially as we get older.  However, Vision loss can happen at any age. As people age, they often experience multiple changes in their overall health. Amongst these are eye changes, and diseases that usually result in vision loss. Changes to our eyes happen because of disease, genetic factors, general wear and tear and…

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The five senses
The five senses
By Jacinta Sheedy, 11:05 am on June 7, 2018

What happens when we lose our senses? Most of us have five functioning senses which are hearing, vision, touch, smell and taste. Our senses tend to change as we age for various reasons for instance: You may experience vision difficulties such as astigmatism or near- sightedness because the lens of your eye is curved irregularly. Some people can cause damage to their ears through many years of being exposed to…

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In home palliative care
In home palliative care
By Jacinta Sheedy, 11:32 am on June 6, 2018

What is palliative care Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach to specialised medical and nursing care for people with life-limiting illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress of a terminal diagnosis. Palliative care identifies and treats symptoms which may be physical, emotional, spiritual or social. Because palliative care is based on individual needs, the services offered will differ but may include: •…

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medication safety
medication safety
By Jacinta Sheedy, 10:56 am on June 6, 2018

Medication – Why it is it important? There are so many prescription drugs on the market these days that people are finding themselves on a long list of medication and concoctions. Keeping track of what you are taking or have taken in the past is very important for your health and safety . In our day to day management of clients in both aged care and home care situations, we…

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By Mark Magennis, 5:00 pm on May 22, 2018

The statistics on Home Care According to the Australian Government Productivity Commission’s 2015 report entitled “Housing Decisions of OIder Australians”, over 60% of older Australians would strongly prefer Home Care to an Aged Care facility.  Having moved house myself many times, I can appreciate how the older members of our population feel.  Aside from the convenience and emotional ties that our elderly loved ones have to their home, the report…

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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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