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Seniors

Under 65 and ineligible for NDIS?

People 18-64 years who are not eligible for low-level support via the NDIS can apply for ‘SASH’ support packages through NSW Health’s ComPacks program. Safe And Supported at Home packages, called SASH for short, support people with functional impairments to live independently and safely at home.  People with mental health issues, chronic or degenerative illness [...]

Seniors sanguine about covid changes

  While everyone’s disrupted by the changes the virus has wrought, older Australians are not the most challenged, according to the first report of a multi-stage survey by the Global Centre for Modern Ageing (GCMA). The Adelaide-based GCMA is a not-for-profit which aims to improve lives of older people. It offers research, advocacy and ‘living [...]

Safety in modifications

Social distancing requirements have not stopped our essential services which are proceeding as usual – with a little extra space. Distancing modifications make services such as shopping, linen and meals deliveries ‘contactless’ – for the protection of both client and delivering volunteer or SCS staff. Speaking of modifications, our home modifications and maintenance (HMM) team [...]

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 [...]

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