27 Nov 2017

Carers and families: Plan ahead for extra support

There are times when some additional support helps family and friends who care for older people to meet their other obligations, such as job and social commitments. Having a break, while knowing their loved one is in good hands, can make a big difference to the health and wellbeing of carers. Baptcare offers support and respite options that can give your carers a chance to work, get to appointments or social events, or get away on a well-deserved break: In-home care and respite, where a Personal Care Worker comes to your home so that your carer can go out. Or the worker may take you for an outing for a few hours while your carer has a break. This type of support can range from a short visit through to longer sessions in your home.Social activities and outings, which allow you to get out into the community and enjoy time with others.Day centre respite care (available Monday to Friday), which allows you to spend time out of the home in a comfortable and caring environment.
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27 Nov 2017

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27 Nov 2017

Discuss future care and living options to avoid family conflict

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27 Nov 2017

Osteoarthritis and exercise – getting the right balance

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Joy's garden transformation parallels her path to reconnect

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01 Jul 2017

Sheila’s Home Care Package helps her stay living in her own home

05 Jun 2017

Beating those winter bugs

Melissa Appleby from Baptcare’s Nursing and Allied Health team shares some simple steps you can take to help you avoid colds and flu this winter. Colds and flu are much more common in winter. More than 200 different viruses cause the common cold, while flu (influenza) is caused by a different group of viruses and is a far more severe health condition. Antibiotics are not a suitable treatment for colds and flu because they target bacteria, not viruses. To help protect yourself and others, remember to: Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneezeThrow tissues in the bin after useWash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneezeUse alcohol-based hand sanitisersAvoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, as germs spread this way.You and the flu Getting a flu vaccination can help protect you against influenza. The viruses that cause the flu change every year because the influenza virus has a unique ability to alter its surface structure. This means that even if you had the flu or an immunisation one year, your body’s immune system might be unable to fight the changed version of the virus that circulates in the following year. Each year, a new vaccine is developed (usually called the seasonal vaccine) and is available for those who wish to be immunised. The seasonal influenza vaccine includes protection against four strains of influenza. An annual flu immunisation is provided through the National Immunisation Program for most people in the community who are considered to be at an increased risk of complications. In Victoria, an annual immunisation against the flu is free for people 65 years and older. Talk to your doctor or healthcare professional about your situation and eligibility for free seasonal vaccines. The information in this newsletter is not intended to replace medical advice from a health professional. Readers are urged to seek advice from a qualified health care professional for diagnosis and answers to their medical questions. Sources: Better Health, https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/flu-influenza-immunisation?utm_source=HomePage&utm_medium=News&utm_campaign=FluVax, Healthy WA, http://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/S_T/Staying-healthy-in-winter
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Jim’s Home Care gives him more control of his life and health

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25 Sep 2018

Watch Arzu's story: Care management in home care packages

25 Sep 2018

How a visit at home can help to get started with home care

As a Baptcare Customer Liaison Consultant in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, Melissa McPherson plays a vital role in facilitating home care services for older people in the local community. A home care provider with local knowledge and experience One part of Melissa’s role is to act as Baptcare’s first point of contact for people who need some assistance at home. “I go out to their home, talk with them about what they need, and discuss how we can assist them to continue living in the comfort of their own home. Also, many people struggle with the My Aged Care process, so I help them to understand it,” Melissa says. A second important aspect of Melissa’s work is her liaison with other community services that support older people. “I spend time visiting local practices to discuss how Baptcare can support them with the great work they do. Healthcare professionals find it very reassuring that our home care services include nursing and allied health.” “I also give talks to people in the broader community who may be able to benefit from home care, including residents of retirement living villages and organisations such as Carers Victoria. In some cases, people don’t even know that home care services like ours are available,” Melissa says. According to Melissa, it is important that Baptcare has a presence in the local community. “Most people prefer to have a local provider. It’s the trust factor – if you’re choosing a home care provider, you want someone who knows the area.” “It’s also important to the local community that Baptcare is a Government-approved provider that meets the Home Care Standards set out by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency. Not all providers can state this. So we are a trusted advisor by medical professions and an approved provider by the government.” Giving back to the community Baptcare has been a community-oriented organisation from the beginning, according to Melissa. “Since its inception more than 70 years ago, Baptcare’s purpose has always been to help people and give back to the community – and that purpose is exactly the same today. The reason I love working here is that my values align with the Baptcare values. I aim to help people live at home longer and happier.”

20 Sep 2018

Memories Choir hits all the right notes