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Pets help the elderly, especially those receiving aged care…

Parisian author and poet, Anatole France once wrote: “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” The benefits of having a pet and pet therapy have been exhaustively studied for years and the conclusion is simple: pets are good for you, and especially if you are in aged care or

February 23, 2018 by Gilian Douglass
Things to do with the elderly in Sydney, social support and companionship

Five things to do in Sydney with an elderly relative…

If you’re seeking venues in Sydney to take an elderly relative for an outing or day-trip, perhaps you might like to consider the five places featured below. Each venue is wheelchair or pram accessible, features disabled toilets where available, is almost free to enter and is situated less than an hour’s drive from Sydney’s CBD.

January 14, 2018 by Gilian Douglass
Oxley Home Care, Allied Health, Arthritis

Can you exercise when you have arthritis?

Arthritis is one of the most common, costly and disabling chronic conditions in Australia. Currently, there are 3.9 million Australians with arthritis and this is set to grow to 5.4 million by 2030, according to Arthritis Australia. It is a major cause of disability and early retirement due to ill-health. The importance of exercise for those

January 12, 2018 by Gilian Douglass
Social Support and Companionship, Home Care, Oxley Home Care

Care to stay at home – it’s a fact that many of us do…

Recent research from Macquarie University has discovered that by receiving home care, Australian seniors can significantly reduce the chance that they will need to move into residential aged care. The researchers studied a total of 1,116 people aged 60 years and older who had commenced home care services for higher-level needs between July 1, 2015

January 5, 2018 by Gilian Douglass

10 Questions you should ask a Home Care Provider…

Trying to choose the right Home Care provider for you or a loved one can be overwhelming. It can also be difficult to tell the difference between providers and the care that they provide. What questions should you ask before engaging a Home Care service provider? What are your values?  As a Registered Nurse with

January 4, 2018 by Gilian Douglass
Caring for elderly parents, Oxley Home Care, Meal Preparation

Tell-tale signs that your elderly parents need home care assistance

Christmas and the annual holiday break is often a joyous time of catching up with extended family and friends, giving presents and sharing food. It’s also an opportunity for you to notice if your elderly parents are managing, or if they need assistance to remain living at home. Perhaps you’ve noticed that… their backyard is

December 21, 2017 by Gilian Douglass

Buying gifts for elderly relatives or loved ones…

Buying Christmas gifts for family members can sometimes be difficult, and finding presents for elderly relatives can be an even harder task. There is probably nothing they need and very little they want. So, what do you give someone who has almost everything, and their house is already full of family photos, albums, personalised mugs,

December 21, 2017 by Gilian Douglass
Loneliness at Christmas time, Oxley Home Care

Reaching out to fight loneliness at Christmas time…

The festive season is generally a happy time to relax and reflect on the year that’s past. But, it’s also a time that can be fraught with emotion as Australians mark an important occasion without a loved one and confront their loneliness. According to an Australian Red Cross survey conducted in October this year, one in four

December 15, 2017 by Gilian Douglass
Elderly woman Christmas shopping

Christmas shopping with the elderly…

(With much thanks to the Frenchs Forest, Belrose, Davidson and Forestville Community Facebook Group.) If you’re out and about Christmas shopping in a large shopping centre this festive season, perhaps it might be a good idea to look around and take note of the elderly people you see. Our shopping centres are large, spread out

November 30, 2017 by Gilian Douglass

How can I estimate my fees for a Home Care Package?

It is difficult to give a “one size fits all” answer when it comes to estimating home care fees and services, as it can depend on an individual’s circumstances, the level of care required and financial circumstances. For Australian seniors who are eligible for a home care package, there are many resources available and the

November 20, 2017 by Gilian Douglass