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Seniors

We’re focused on the essentials

With a little help from our friends, aka fantastic volunteers, donors and staff – plus new safety protocols – we’ve been able to keep running our essential services of in-home nursing, meals and general support for vulnerable people, seniors and people with disabilities. This week we’re even offering virtual activities for a couple of groups [...]

Smart socks step up to Parkinson’s

Losing the ability to walk naturally is one of the early devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease which can cause people to freeze mid-walk despite their intention to take another step. People with Parkinson’s say this ‘freezing’ feels ‘as if their feet are suddenly glued to the floor’.  It’s dangerous because the rest of the body [...]

Don’t fall for it

The rate of head injuries from falls by older Australians has nearly doubled in the decade to 2016-17, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Its research shows that about 125,000 people aged 65 and over were seriously injured due to a fall in 2016–17 with injuries to the head hip and [...]

Better governance for better aged care

The Tasmanian hearing of the Royal Commission into Aged Care concluded last month with suggestions as to how better governance and leadership could help to stop some of the sector’s bad practices – which which were slammed in the Commission's scathing interim report. Counsel assisting, Peter Rozen, referred to stories of staff- and cost-cutting, saying [...]

The Government must step up

The Federal Government and Department of Health leadership is ‘missing in action’ according to Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Aged Care, Peter Rozen, and expert witnesses.  Rozen said the sector was at risk of failing altogether if action was not urgently taken and was already was failing to deliver quality of life and quality [...]

How super is income in retirement?

Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg The Government’s news last month of its retirement income review revealed it will investigate compulsory superannuation and super tax concessions, the means-tested age pension, and savings – and home ownership will be considered within savings. However, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was keen to reassure everyone that the Government would never include [...]

Meet our team – Lisa Bremner, Domestic Assistance Coordinator

Lisa has joined the team at Sydney Community Services as the Domestic Assistance Coordinator, organising our linen service and its volunteer team as well as introducing our new Domestic Assistance service to the Lane Cove community over the next few months. “This role is a chance to deepen my understanding of the importance of community [...]

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