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Every year, on March 8th, International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world to remember the movement for women’s right, as well as the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The word ‘Easter’ immediately springs a few things to mind; yellow chicks, bunnies, excited children and lots and lots of chocolate. But while this all may sound very exciting for some, the holidays are not something we all look forward to.

A good night's sleep is but a dream. Or so they say.

Who doesn’t love to have companionship, someone to express yourself to and rely on for daily tasks?

As we get older these essential wants and needs become a luxury many seniors crave.

Did you know, studies suggest around 50 - 65 per cent of our bodies are made up of water? So it’s no surprise we feel ‘icky’ when we don’t have enough fluid running through us. If you do not stay mindful of your water intake, dehydration it can sneak up on you very rapidly.

We all like to think we could do anything to help our loved ones during their time of need. However, it is the sad reality that many unpaid carers are putting their own health at risk through their devotion and commitment to helping others.

Are you concerned about your parents living at home?

Are you unsure where to turn to next?

Christmas is a time filled with family, friends and festive traditions but for many, the season for celebrations can be lonely, and especially so for seniors.

At Home Instead Senior Care Melbourne Outer East, we are excited to announce the welcoming of our new Care Manager, Nina.

For many of us, the Christmas period is an enjoyable time packed with celebrations and habitual family get-togethers with our nearest and dearest.

Are you feeling stiff in the mornings? Do your joints ache more than they used to? Have you noticed inflammation in your hands, feet or back? These are all symptoms of arthritis.

Your mother forgot to eat … again. You’ve noticed a decline in your father’s driving ability. You’re concerned about the state of your parents’ house; unwashed dishes, overgrown garden, lack of food supplies.

Caring for ageing parents is a very difficult task and can lead to some sensitive situations between siblings as they navigate the process. According to Carers Australia, there are close to 3 million unpaid carers in Australia and almost all primary carers are a family member.

This National Nutrition Week, in-home care provider Home Instead Senior Care is launching its newest resource, Nutrition for Seniors. The resource is a guide to healthy habits for eating well in old age and was developed with respected dietitian and author Ngaire Hobbins.

How to manage arthritis in old age, according to Home Instead Senior Care and Arthritis Australia

Carers play an extremely important role in supporting the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of a loved one living with dementia. When a persons’ mental and/or physical health decreases as a result of dementia and daily activities become increasingly difficult, assistance from a confid

When your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, there is no right nor easy way to react.

Death is not a topic that families generally discuss in depth around the dinner table consequently, for many families they do not have a clear understanding about their loved one’s wishes until it is too late.

The inevitable conversation about your aging parents will be one of the most difficult situations to come to terms with as an adult. It is a conversation that seemingly involves role reversal, as the once child takes on the care-taking duties of their parents.

Did you know you could claim on your aged care expenses?

Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can be produce. When body temperature drops significantly low and it’s not detected in time, it can be extremely serious and potentially life-threatening.

There are many decisions to make and important considerations to weigh up when finding a CAREGiver. Nothing is more important than finding the right people to support you or your family members at home.

The option for seniors to live at home for longer has never been more accessible. Thanks to quality CAREGiving services, nowadays many seniors choose to continue living in the comfort of their own home, rather than moving into a residential care facility.

The deliberate mistreatment of any person is hard to fathom, let alone when it is inflicted on a vulnerable senior. With World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) soon approaching on June 15, there is no better time than the present to discuss the reality of the issue.

The well-known slogan ‘quality over quantity’ is popular for a reason - because quality matters. So when it comes to something as important as Australian home care, you should accept nothing less than the highest of quality services.

Imagine a world without any companions … it would be reasonably lonely, right? But the sad truth is, seniors are most prone to feeling lonely than any other age group.

“My favourite memory of my mother is from when I was seven-years-old. My mother was extremely good at all athletic games, but she played table tennis at a very high standard. She used to travel the world to compete and she won many, many trophies.

Have you always wanted to take the time to get involved in computer classes for seniors? All of this emerging technology can seem a little overwhelming and you’re probably confused as to where you would start.

Advice for Seniors During the Easter Break

Got the Travel Bug?

We help your loved one when they need a lift.

Family demands and work priorities can sometimes get in the way of helping loved ones when they need a lift. We want to highlight our safe and reliable transport service; we help get your loved one where they need to be.

Discussing whether home care is right for yourself or a loved one can be difficult and you may have many queries that are influencing your decision. Some of the common questions people ask when considering home care are, will I lose my freedom? How will home care change my lifestyle?

When you think of fun things to do in Melbourne you often think of food, theatre and shopping, so what fun outings are best for seniors living in Melbourne? We have done our research and found the top three fun outings for seniors living in Melbourne.

Take in the galleries

As each summer hits, we all feel like they are getting hotter and hotter so we want to share our advice to seniors on how to prepare and stay safe during Melbourne’s heat waves.

After heart attacks, strokes are the second biggest killer for Australians. It is estimated that 1 in 6 people will suffer from a stroke in their lifetime, and someone suffers a stroke every 10 minutes.

Dementia is a serious health condition that currently affects millions of lives around the globe, causing great deals of stress and pain for both the person having it and their family.

Being the caregiver for a senior, especially for your older parents, is a heavy responsibility that not anyone is willing to take on.

Nearly one in five people in Australia are suffering from arthritis. It’s not an uncommon disease and can affect people from all backgrounds, regardless of their ages, lifestyles, or previous health histories.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are two of the most malicious diseases that affect a senior’s life heavily, significantly lower their quality of life and take away their will to continue living.

Being a caregiver to your seniors can be a very challenging job, both physically and mentally.

Scooters are comparatively expensive and there are quite a few different types of motorised wheelchairs on the market, so it is best to shop around and find out as much as you can about them before deciding to buy. 

(Part 3 in a special Home Instead series on Mobility Aids)

Motorised mobility scooters – also known as motorised wheelchairs and ‘gophers’ – are designed to improve mobility and independence for people who have difficulty when moving due to disability, age, illness or injury.

Home Instead Senior Care has achieved the new International Standards of Operation (ISO9001:2015) Quality Management System accreditation for the delivery of Aged Care at Home.

First of all, let’s get this straight: it’s totally normal for your seniors to call you by the wrong name once in a while. However, if this event occurs so often that it seems like your name is not even your name anymore, it’s time to do something about it.

Literally anything around you will have a certain effect on your aging process, from the foods you eat or the exercises you’ve performed in your lifetime, to the amount of pollution you breathe in every day or the numbers of pills you’ve ingested to cure your colds.

It’s the kind of news that could help Mum or Dad get moving!

If you’re travelling with a parent or other loved one suffering from dementia, it can be quite challenging, as well as stressful for both of you, particularly when travelling for comparatively long distances by car or train.

According to recent research, nearly all people experience some form of cognitive decline later in life.

(Part 2 in a special Home Instead series on Mobility Aids)

Once you get your head around the idea of a walking stick – and how it will make you look “old and frail” – it might just be what you need to give you a little bit of help and improve your confidence.

(Part 1 in a special Home Instead series on Mobility Aids)

Hypertension or high blood pressure is a very common medical condition that endanger the life of many seniors. If left untreated, this health problem can lead to a whole array of other problems with a senior’s body system including heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, vision loss, etc.

It’s common that seniors often fall into depression and feelings of hopelessness at the end of their life. This will lead to a loss of will to live on, which can worsen any medical condition or illness that the senior is suffering from.

2015 was one of the worst years for influenza in recent history in Australia.

It’s too early to predict how the 2016 flu season will pan out – each year sees different strains of the infection – but one thing is certain, it will be older Australians who will be most at risk.

Living a healthy lifestyle is something everyone aims to do, so in the interests of caring for seniors, the team at Home Instead Senior Care have decided to share some tips on maintaining a healthy heart, based on information we have gleaned from the

As a person gets older, his or her skin tends to become dryer, thinner, less supple and more sensitive. They are also more susceptible to skin disease and infections ranging from itching, cracking and scaling to dermatitis and ulcerations.

Regular physical activities & exercise are good for the physical & mental health of everyone, including seniors. Many studies have shown that exercises can provide a senior with many long-term health benefits that can help them to feel better and enable them to enjoy life to the fullest.

It can be hard to talk about certain topics with your family, especially when it concerns senior’s ability to live alone when they grow older, or related to what needs to be done in the event that they suffer from a terminal illness.

Cold weather increases the risks of injuries, various illnesses, and mortality in seniors. Seniors’ health risks in winter range from minor injuries such as slip and fall on ice or snow to more serious illnesses including hypothermia, frostbite, and heart attacks.

Being a caregiver can be extremely stressful, and the build-up of caregiver stress will take a toll on the caregiver’s overall well-being. One of the most common side effects of caregiver stress is a serious lack of sleep, which can lead to more serious health problems if left untreated.

The need to stay hydrated doesn’t decrease as we age but many seniors drink less and less as they age. There are a lot of reasons why it’s harder for seniors to stay hydrated as they age, like fear of accidental falling or worsened bladder control.

It’s chilly but not too cold, plus the marvellous colour changing scenery & the thousands of freshly-harvested and delicious products in your local market – autumn is fantastic for almost everybody!

The older you are, the more important regular exercising and getting active will be to your health.

Police called in to solve senior fraud

In this day and age most people will have heard of senior fraud and the effects it can have on an individual both mentally and physically. Even though there are a number of resources readily available to the public to help prevent people falling victim to the scammers, the number of fraud offences are rising each year.

As a senior, making smart food choices will not only give your body the key nutrients it needs to perform properly, but also gives it a boost to counteract the natural aging process, helps you to turn back the clock a bit more.

Healthy feet contribute a lot to a senior’s independence, safety, and health.

The risk of falling and fall-related problems increases significantly as people grow older. According to statistics, falling is the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, and even injury deaths among older adults.

As Seniors grow older, they will become more physically & mentally frail. Because of this, they’re less able to stand up to bullying and/or fight back if attacked by other people.

January 2016 saw a change to Australia’s aged care complaints handling with the introduction of an Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, Rae Lamb.

It’s official. Despite enjoying longer lifespans, older Australians are spending less time living in residential aged care and more time living happily and independently at home.

Everyone has heard of dementia, but what is it actually like, living with dementia?

Home Instead Senior Care Australia has welcomed new legislation passed in The Australian Senate on 3rd March, formally establishing the rights of older Australians to exercise greater choice and control over their home care services.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a dangerous disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, which will disrupt the communication flow within the brain, and between your brain & the rest of the body.

As with any disease, a good understanding of multiple sclerosis is the first thing families should have in order to provide the most appropriate support & care to seniors who suffer from it.

As an arthritis patient, you might’ve notice that the level of arthritis pain can be lowered or heightened based on your diet, activity level, and the weather.

Caregivers for seniors, especially those who do it full-time and have to take care of seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s, are easy targets for stress, burnout, and other mental health problems such as anxiety or depression.

In recent years, the number of scamming incidents involving seniors have risen greatly all over the world. Senior scams are often conducted over mails, telephone, and the Internet along with elaborate schemes.

Home is where a senior should feel the safest. However, it’s usually the place where seniors are most vulnerable to scams & fraud, both inside & outside of the home.

Abuse of elders & senior citizens is a very real problem that is on the rise in today’s society. Many scammers have taken advantage of the characteristics of many seniors’ lifestyle and carry out elaborate fraud schemes, leaving the seniors with great psychological damages.

Everybody needs a break once in a while to avoid burning out, especially seniors’ caregivers who have to endure a great amount of stress on a daily basis. However, it can be difficult to set aside a good amount of time to really relax your mind & body when you’re a caregiver.

Hearing loss is one of the most common health problems affecting seniors. Approximately, one in three people between the age of 65 and 74 will start to experience hearing loss signs and symptoms, and nearly half of seniors older than 75 have difficulty hearing.

Vision changes occur as we grow older and cause many problems & constraints in seniors’ daily life. It’s important that seniors don’t let these changes overtaking their lifestyle and reduce their quality of life.

With weakening senses, a decline in mobility & ability to balance, seniors will spend a large amount of time around their home as they grow older. Therefore, it’s important for you to screen all the areas in the house & eliminate potential risks that could endanger their wellbeing.

Summer is a great time to get together with family and friends. However, due to the intense heat, summer can also be a very dangerous time for many people, especially seniors.

As seniors are more prone to suffer heat-related illnesses, it is often advisable for them to stay indoors & keep cool during hot summer months. However, playing outdoors in the summer can also help to boost seniors’ overall well-being.

As summer in Australia is getting longer & hotter in the recent years, it’s extremely important that Australian seniors are well-informed about the consequences the heat can brought upon their wellbeing, and what they can do to properly cope with hot weather.

Yvonne Miller has been awarded 2015 CAREGiver of the Year by Home Instead Senior Care Melbourne Outer East.

With summer months upon us, it’s essential for everyone to keep cool & stay hydrated. Hot weather is the cause of many illnesses and bodily problems for many people, especially the elderly.

The Federal Government plans to build improved and nationally consistent dementia support services for all Australians following independent analysis that described the current system as lacking "consistency and coordination".

Caregiving for seniors at the end of their life can, and will, be physically and emotionally exhausting for most people. It is very important that caregivers should take some time for themselves away from caregiving tasks to balance their emotions & health and avoid burning out. 

When you are a senior, no matter how hard you try, it would be hard to not think about their impending passing. However, death is still a sensitive subject that people shy away from, especially when talking with family members or relatives.

Ageing is an inevitable process, and aging with grace can be difficult for many seniors. Nonetheless, if seniors can receive some extra support and assistance with their daily life, ageing gracefully will no longer be an imaginary vision.

No one wants to bring up dying in a conversation, especially one with older parents. Nonetheless, talking & discussing with your older loved ones about the final stage of their life is essential.

World Stroke Day is on Thursday the 29th October 2015. 

Staying independent in old age can be a little tricky due to the decline in health and other bodily functions. It is not entirely impossible for seniors to stay at home longer if they receive some extra support and assistance.

Ageing is inevitable, and with each passing decades, new pains seem to pop up out of nowhere on your body, for example a sudden headache, a pang in the joints, sore muscles, etc.

Growing older forces change. Change that can impact happiness, independence and aspects of daily living such as relationships, finances, health, safety and housing. To ensure you and your loved one’s future unfolds as you wish, you need to plan ahead.

As people grow older, the likelihood of them living alone increase significantly. And while living alone does not necessarily lead to social isolation, it is definitely an important predisposing determinant.

Monday 12th October marks World Arthritis Day.

Ageing Australians make up an ever-growing portion of the population. Longer life is a wonderful thing, but it also creates challenges in caring for your ageing loved ones. This highlights the need for quality senior care.

The 2015 Global AgeWatch Index has ranked Australia 17th out of 96 countries according to the social and economic wellbeing of older people.

Families should keep in mind that while some seniors might need additional assistance, some might not.

Palliative Care is a multidisciplinary approach to specialised medical care for people living with a terminal illness where a cure is no longer (or not yet) possible.

Many ageing adults will prefer staying in their home as long as they can, rather than having to move into a Aged care facility. As long as your aged loved ones can stay in their home, they will be more comfortable and relaxed.

Caring for someone with a life-threatening illness can be physically, emotionally and financially draining. When you add a disease like Dementia into the equation, it can present a whole new set of challenges.

If you ever think the dividing of bedrooms or daily household chores could be the last fights between you and your siblings, you are in for a big surprise when it comes to the dividing of responsibility of taking care of your ageing parents.

Palliative Care to facilitate Dying at Home

Home Instead Senior Care formally launched our new public education project Dying At Home at the National Palliative Care Conference in Melbourne (2nd – 4th September).

Home Instead Senior Care recently consulted with a wide cross-section of consumers, carers, service providers and health professionals Australia-wide to ascertain their views on Dying at Home.

There will always be an invisible communication barrier regarding sensitive life topics between parents and their children, no matter how old all of them are. When it comes to children, that barricade tends to build up during their adolescent years.

Are you noticing that your grandma might require extra attention because of her dementia? Are you noticing that your once bubbly and buoyant dad has become more and more depressed and withdrawn in recent times?

As people entering their senior stage, most of them wish to maintain their quality of life and prefer to remain in the comfort of their own home.

Despite the obvious benefits palliative care can bring to patients and their families, many people are still hesitant towards the approach due to some myths and misconceptions surround it.

Caregiving for people with dementia can often be difficult since the caregiver needs to have a expert knowledge about the condition to know what to expect from the one they are taking care of.

Research has shown that the best living option for people with memory loss is to continue living in familiar surroundings. Therefore, many dementia sufferers are looked after by their family or other unpaid caregivers.

Emergency App for Seniors

Imagine you had an accident, a fall perhaps and need help in an emergency. How easy would it be for you or someone else to find your doctors' phone number? Or your daughter's mobile number?

When people get older, their body will slowly start to deteriorate, and their senses will start to decline.

Unfortunately, not everyone can survive a stroke. However, early recognition of a stroke’s symptoms and signs, along with quick medical response when a stroke happen can increase the chances of recovery for the person having a stroke.

It can be difficult for most seniors to continue living on their own like they used to when they are younger due to various limitations and health problems.

Older people have managed their own lives for a long time. It comes as no surprise that they do not want to be submissive recipients of services, dependent on funded providers.

Signs your ageing parent needs help
  • Does your mum or dad ever forget they’ve put the kettle on?
  • Lose their medication, or run out before the next script is filled?
  • Is there a mysterious dent on their car?
  • Mail and/or laundry piling up?

A home care service can help ensure seniors’ health and safety without limiting their independence and free will.

Our dementia friendly program Creating a Dementia Friendly Australia: Educating & Empowering Organisations empowers local organisations to understand and better assist and support people with dementia by enhancing their knowledge, awareness and approach to dementia.

Winter months can be difficult for seniors as they tend to feel the cold more than younger generations. As the skin and the layer of fat just below it are thinner for seniors, it’ll be harder for them to stay warm.

As people get older, their body will slowly start to deteriorate and their senses will start to decline. Showering, dressing, preparing breakfast or taking medications now turn into difficult tasks for a senior to keep up properly.

A home is a precious place for most people, especially when they have lived in it for a long time. Therefore, it’s totally understandable that Seniors would love to remain in their house on their own when they grow older.

The level of safety measures around the house is the same for babies and older people: the more the better. The declining of senses will happen, most of the time slowly, as people age.

Most people with dementia are often looked after by their family or other unpaid caregivers.

The ever-changing needs and moods of seniors are probably the most difficult aspect in the whole caregiving process. Caregiving for seniors is a difficult task that no one can and should not do it all by his or herself.

You may be getting into your senior stage, but that does not mean you need senior care.

Older people have managed their own lives for a long time. It comes as no surprise that they do not want to be submissive recipients of services, dependent on funded providers. They want to remain independent and have choice, control and flexibility over the care and services they receive.

As winter approaches and we drag out the heaters and put our clothes dryers to good use, Home Instead Senior Care believe it’s an opportune time to check your home is safe and sound for the months ahead.

As they get older, parents will be in great need of their children’s help and assistance, whether they say it out loud or not. In a perfect world, you and your siblings will sit down calmly and have a serious discussion on what the next step should be.

Resistance to care is quite common in seniors. It’s not that often you see seniors voluntarily giving up their independence to move out and live in a care home.

For people who live with life-threatening illnesses, palliative care and hospice care are rather familiar terms.

A stroke is a serious and life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted, which causes a loss of oxygen inside the brain. Strokes can lead to brain injury, disability, and possibly, death.

Family dynamics refer to the interaction between family members, as well as other relationships that can exist within a family. Each family has its own dynamics, which manifests in its own way.

Dementai Resource Guide

In 2012, Home Instead Senior Care developed a free resource booklet for families and carers of people with dementia. Today we share over 50,000 copies with familes and carers of people living with dementia in our community each year.

When people get older, their body will slow and their senses will start to decline. Simple daily tasks such as showering, dressing or taking medications will turn into difficult tasks that require additional support and help in order for seniors to keep up properly.

It is true that dementia is a fearsome condition and that its impacts would make it impossible for its sufferers to continue as normal with their daily life.

Caregiving for your older parents is not an easy thing to do, especially when they have a terminal condition.

In April, a family caregiver who once saw Alzheimer’s as something to be ashamed of is awarded the Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) Family Carer of the Year Award

As seniors age many suffer an illness or injury that requires some type of rehabilitation. The Home Instead Senior Care Outer East knows it is important to regain your independence and restore your previous quality of life.

Having an ageing loved one admitted to a hospital or facility is a traumatic & distressing experience for everyone who is involved in the caregiving process.

Arthritis is one of the most common health conditions that affect the lives of millions people around the world. Arthritis affects people of all ages and gets worse as people grow older. Thus, living with arthritis for seniors is unbelievably difficult.

Your ageing parents may need assistance with daily chores like bathing, dressing and preparing meals. This doesn’t mean you have to send them to an aged care facility.

Arthritis is one of the most common health conditions that could occur when people got older and is affecting the life of millions of seniors around the globe.

As people grow older, their senses will decline, their limbs will get weaker, and their chances of contracting various diseases increase significantly. Among the health problems that people will potentially encounter while growing old is arthritis.

When Seniors Say "No!" Booklet

In our experience there are many people worried about their ageing parents and want to get them the help they need. But this help and support is often met with absolute resistance from ageing adults who would rather not have any help at all!

Dementia has been front of mind in cinematic circles this year with the release of award winning feature film, ‘Still Alice’.

March saw the release of the 2015 Intergenerational Report (IGR), giving Australians a rare glimpse into our distant future.

Dementia is one of the most unpleasant terminal diseases that people could suffer from as they grow older. The condition currently affects millions of lives around the globe, impose upon them and their loved ones great deals of stress and pain.

Dementia is a health condition that currently affects millions of lives around the globe, causing great deals of stress and pain for both the person having it and their family.

Various health problems will start to occur as people grow older, and get worse as they entering their senior stage.

As much as you would like to spend all your time with your aged parents, the realities of work and your own family often do not make this possible.

Being a senior is not all that fun, especially in the winter, considering the deterioration of the body and senses that happen as people grow older.

As parents get older, it is harder for them to open up about their health conditions, as they don’t want to burden their children.

Your ageing loved ones need some assistance around their home, and you may not be sure whether their home is safe for them anymore. Home Instead Senior Care Outer East is focused on Making seniors’ home safe for them as an integral part of quality senior care.

A suitable and well-balanced nutrition plan is essential for a healthy life, no matter what age you are. With seniors, maintaining a healthy diet is even more important as it can reduce their risk of various illnesses, diseases and certain cancers.

At Home Instead Senior Care we provide quality in-home care and companionship for older Australians.

November 2014 marked 10 years of Home Instead Senior Care in Australia. To celebrate a decade of caring for seniors in our community we were joined by the founders of Home Instead Senior Care international franchise – Paul and Lori Hogan – at our national conference.

Sydney resident Alison Gotch has been named Home Instead Senior Care National CAREGiver of the Year for 2014.

Making Home Safer for Seniors - Free Booklet

Home Instead is helping keep seniors safe at home with our latest public education booklet – Making Home Safer for Seniors.

At Home Instead Senior Care we look at ageing with positivity, confidence and light heart. Here are just a few of our favourite quotes on ageing.

“Old age is no place for sissies.” 

― Bette Davis, (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989)

If you are thinking of arranging home care for your aged loved one, but were concerned about who would be looking after them, let us put your mind at rest.

It’s a sad fact of life that as we age our sight and our hearing deteriorates.