From 2017 to 2018 the number of senior Australians on the waiting list for home care assistance and modifications increased by almost 40 per cent.
According to figures released by the Department of Health not only did people wait fr services, they were also waiting longer than the previous year.
In short, people with the highest care needs represented the most people on the waiting list for service. It is therefore critical to consider the small and potentially low cost actions to help live better at home.
According to retirementliving.com recently published study on where people living in retirement see themselves living.… .. Click here to read the rest
There is an emerging interest in the role of lifestyle intervention for neurological conditions and MS being one of these conditions gaining more media attention. In this article we discuss emerging MS Lifestyle Interventions and Research with a special focus on answering what I can do to help my MS at home.
The world is seeing an increase in MS diagnoses – about three-quarters of them women but there are differences between regions for example between Australia and Japan ( MS Paris 2017).
In this article we refer to the work of Professor George Jelinek, a pioneer into lifestyle interventions for MS, which gratefully has drawn more research attention into the role of lifestyle medicine and the effect it has on reducing risk associated with MS.
It’s worth declaring right up front, according to the MS Research Australia, “everyone’s MS and their individual circumstances are different meaning that the treatment and management of their disease is also very individual.… .. Click here to read the rest
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The Baby Boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) are now well into or just entering their golden years. Unlike previous generations, they’re enjoying greater independence than ever before because of better healthcare and because of the modifications they can make to their homes and lifestyles as they age.
More seniors than ever before are able to maintain their independence and stay in their homes without needing to enter a nursing home or another assistive facility.
But these seniors who are “ageing-in-place” are also reaching out and taking advantage of resources available like age care therapy, and making the home modifications necessary to keep their homes safe.
Staying at home with aged care occupational therapy benefits seniors in a number of ways, including:
You’re no doubt aware that grab rails are a reliable support in the bathroom and toilet. They help you perform the necessary daily activities and can be a “life saver” especially if you’ve almost had a fall.
But, we’ve seen rails and grab bars fail over the years and in this article we compare the features of grab rails versus suction bars.
If you’ve had a fall, it’s either a cold shock of the unexpected or you’ve been fearing a fall for some time.
Let’s drill into one of the factors which may contribute to a fall, lack of suitable support, like a bathroom grab rail or a toilet grab bar. The bathroom being a wet area, is a zone of the home where your therapist may look at falls prevention strategies.
The regular as clockwork question we often get is “Can You Use A Suction Grab Rail Instead of A Grab Into The Wall?” … .. Click here to read the rest
Home “mods” are changes made to adapt your living environment to better meet the needs of people with functional difficulties. These functional limitations may arise from
The goals of modifying the home maybe to improve your independence, to improve the ability of the care team to support a person’s care needs or to reduce personal safety risks so you can live without the threat of harm.
Home modifications is not just about the walls and floors it may also include adding assistive technology, assistive equipment as well as making structural changes to a home.
Modifications to your home can range from low cost but effective solutions of replacing cabinet doorknobs with pull handles or install small threshold ramps to improve wheeled access to full-scale construction projects which require bathroom modifications, lifts to wheelchair ramps.
So, please find a comprehensive home design and modifications resource list be it for ageing or disability needs.… .. Click here to read the rest