What is the Commonwealth Home Support Program?

What is the Commonwealth Home Support Program?

Those of us who work in the aged care sector often use a lot of acronyms. Sometimes we describe the care and support we provide to clients by referencing a program, such as saying someone is receiving CHSP support or they’re on a Home Care Package, but we often...
The Ticking Clock – Advance Care Planning

The Ticking Clock – Advance Care Planning

I can’t remember who said that famous quote…”time waits for no man (or woman)”, but I’m sure many of you out there have heard it and probably know its origin. I don’t think there are too many people on this planet who don’t feel the seemingly innate ‘tick’...
Technology for Seniors in a COVID-19 Environment

Technology for Seniors in a COVID-19 Environment

Have you noticed the rapid shift that many seniors have had to make into using new technology over the past two months? I look to my own mother as an example. At 83 she has embraced the changes, some with more enthusiasm than others I have to admit, but still, as...
Dementia Wellbeing & Care During Isolation

Dementia Wellbeing & Care During Isolation

At this time of COVID-19 and home isolation, care staff are probably finding family carers more stressed than usual. Increased levels of support are needed for them to provide care for the Person Living with Dementia (PLWD) at home. This is especially true for family...
Are You Using the Aged Care ‘Dirty Words’?

Are You Using the Aged Care ‘Dirty Words’?

Come on, you know what they are: lovey dearie old fella oldie the old fart you old folks young man or young lady over the hill The ‘dirty words’ are those that attach an ageist attitude towards older people. After all, I take offence at the young cashier at the...
Mental Health in Older People – Mental Health Day 2019

Mental Health in Older People – Mental Health Day 2019

Thursday October 10th is World Mental Health Day 2019. The World Health Organisation notes that mental and neurological disorders make up 6.6% of the total disability of older adults aged 60 and over. Additionally, approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer...