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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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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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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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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By Machaela Magennis, 7:08 am on June 14, 2017

Goodness knows I have had my fair share of falls in my lifetime. As a child learning to walk, running through a playground, climbing on things that were unstable or unsafe … yep, I have done all those things and more! I have just been very lucky that I have not sustained any serious or long lasting damage as a result of these trips and falls. Age has definitely been on my side but this will not always be the case. As we age, falls become extremely dangerous. Among older adults, falls are the most common cause of non-fatal trauma related hospital admissions, and are in fact the leading cause of fatal injuries. These are staggering facts (no pun intended)….

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