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04 Jan 2018

Home Care Packages: What level of case management is right for you?

11 Dec 2017

Heather's home care story

Heather Shearer, a proud Geelong local, believes she is fortunate to have the support she needs to keep living independently in her own home. When Heather’s husband died four years ago, she found herself in an unfamiliar situation. “I was caring for Keith in his final years, but when he passed away, I went from being a carer to someone who needed care. I’ve always been physically limited because I have rheumatoid arthritis, but I really went downhill at that point. I was struggling,” she says. Following an aged care assessment, Heather was assigned a Home Care Package. She chose Baptcare to provide her home care services, because Baptcare had previously assisted with the care of her husband and she “couldn’t speak highly enough of them”. Along with household tasks such as vacuuming and cleaning, Baptcare also provides Heather with allied health services. These include regular podiatry visits and input from an occupational therapist, who has arranged equipment for Heather’s home, including a handrail for her bathroom, a wheelchair and a ramp. All these services are coordinated by Heather’s Case Manager, Denise. “She is absolutely amazing,” Heather says. “She’s a registered nurse, and that really makes a difference. I can tell that she’s taking everything in and assessing what I need when she comes to see me.” Heather says that having local Baptcare workers in the Barwon South West region is a great advantage. “The staff are always willing to help, and I feel reassured whenever I talk to them. I consider myself very lucky to have all this support.”

01 Dec 2017

Caring for the carers: Regular respite is good for all

More than 700,000 Victorians provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who needs help because of an illness, disability or age-related care needs. Of this group, almost 240,000 are primary carers, meaning that they provide a substantial level of support to their loved one. Taking on the role of a carer can be a gradual process, as health and independence deteriorate over time, or can happen suddenly because of a health crisis. The word carer can be confusing – many husbands, wives, sons, daughters or other family or friends who look after a loved one don’t use this word to describe themselves. And because many people do not know they are ‘carers’, they do not access the services and support that are available to them. Why it’s important for carers to have a breakWhile caring for a loved one is rewarding, it can also be emotionally and physically challenging. Carers often suffer from fatigue or the symptoms of stress or a chronic health condition. Carers can feel isolated and can miss social and leisure activities due to their responsibilities. Many carers put their own needs behind those of their loved one – and their work, friendships and relationships can suffer as a result. Regular respite is good for everyone Respite care refers to short-term care, either in or out of the home, which allows carers to get out and do other things or simply relax. Some carers worry that using respite care is a sign that they aren’t coping or are avoiding their responsibilities. But in fact, regular planned respite care is a sensible strategy to help carers avoid fatigue and ‘burn-out’ and to continue to support their loved ones well. It can also reduce tension in households, and gives the person being cared for a chance to expand their social connections and reduce feelings of isolation. In-home respite careThis option involves one of our Personal Care Workers coming to your home so that your carer can go out. Depending on what you need, these visits can be for a short time, or for longer periods including overnight stays. Alternatively, the worker may take you for an outing for a few hours while your carer has a break. Out-of-home respite optionsThis allows carers to attend to their work, social or health commitments. Social activities and outings, such as day trips, theme days, art and craft, games and culturally specific group activities.Day centre respite care, where care is delivered by qualified and experienced carers in a friendly and comfortable environment.Overnight respite stays, such as short-term stays at Baptcare Southaven in Bentleigh. Stays can be as short as one night, and do not require an ACAS assessment. For some carers, this gives them the opportunity to get away or even just to catch up on some well-deserved sleep. You may be eligible to receive support to access centre-based and overnight respite via Community Home Support Funding.If you or your carers could benefit from some extra support, call 13 BAPTCARE (13 22 78) to discuss how our respite options can help your family. You can also find more information about the support available to carers at carersvictoria.org.au and carersgateway.gov.au Home Care Package Tip: Home Care Packages are intended to meet your specific care needs, which may include support for your carer such as in-home and out-of-home respite. See all Home Help stories and news
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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

Avoid heat stress this summer

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27 Nov 2017

Discuss future care and living options to avoid family conflict

Osteo and arthritis

27 Nov 2017

Osteoarthritis and exercise – getting the right balance

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06 Oct 2017

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