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LGBTI Older Couple, Oxley Home Care

The Australian community has spoken and said “Yes”

The Australian community spoke loudly and clearly this week. The majority of eligible Australians who expressed a view in the voluntary survey said “Yes” to Australian law being changed to allow same-sex couples to marry. 7,817,247 (61.6 per cent) of the survey respondents replied with “Yes”. “Nearly eight of 10 eligible Australians (79.5 per cent)

November 17, 2017 by Gilian Douglass
Sydney home care, elderly woman heat stress, Oxley Home Care

Seniors staying safe at home in the summer months

Australia’s number one natural killer is not floods, cyclones, bushfires or storms. Heat stress has claimed the lives of more people than all of those disasters combined. A team of Macquarie University lecturers analysed records dating back more than 160 years and found that: “Since 1900, extreme heat events have been responsible for more deaths

November 3, 2017 by Gilian Douglass
Elderly woman rehydrated, drinking water

Staying hydrated in the warmer weather…

Staying hydrated in summer Staying hydrated, especially as it becomes warmer, is important for everyone. Insufficient consumption of fluids, especially water, can result in headaches, lethargy, urinary tract infections, kidney failure, digestive troubles, hallucinations and poor blood circulation. But, did you know that the elderly population is at greater risk of dehydration? As our bodies

November 2, 2017 by Gilian Douglass
Aged Care Services, Oxley Home Care, Care Worker

Do you work in aged care? Maybe you should consider it…

Do you work in aged care? There are lots of reasons to and it’s a growing sector. The Australian Bureau of Statistics released its 2016 Census of Population and Housing this week. It revealed that there was a 22.2 per cent increase in the number of aged and disabled carers working in Greater Sydney since the

October 27, 2017 by Gilian Douglass
Australia's elderly using apps and phones to socially interact

Older Australians making the most of social media and apps

A recent report undertaken at Griffith University has found that the number of older Australians using social media and apps to stay connected with family and friends is “surging”. It appears that older Australians are catching up with their younger, tech-savvy peers. As technology has become user-friendly so that almost “anyone can use it”, older

October 19, 2017 by Gilian Douglass
Dementia Care, Oxley Home Care

Five thoughtful things you can do for an elderly parent living with dementia

Family and friends matter when it comes to navigating life’s ups and downs. So, what can you do to keep the special bond alive when an elderly parent is living with dementia? How can you stay connected, especially when they may forget some of your shared experiences and interests you both enjoyed? Focus on the

October 13, 2017 by Gilian Douglass

6,000 new Home Care Packages released in September 2017

By 2050, more than five million people will need access to aged care. And, according to the Productivity Commission, Australia will need almost one million aged care staff to care for all these people by that time. “Just to house Australia’s elderly the aged care industry will need to spend $33 billion in the next

October 5, 2017 by Gilian Douglass

Marking National Carers’ Week

National Carers Week takes place next month – October 15 – 21, 2017 – and is all about recognising and celebrating the amazing positive difference that Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers make to our families, communities and the national economy. These carers provide 36 million hours of care and support every week to a family

September 15, 2017 by Gilian Douglass

Dementia Awareness Month

Did you know that September is Dementia Awareness Month? Dementia Awareness Month is a campaign conducted by Alzheimer’s Australia that’s all about encouraging Australians to become aware of dementia and to have a greater understanding of what it’s like for a person to live with dementia. The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘You Are

September 10, 2017 by Gilian Douglass