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Making some changes around the home can help provide a safer and more comfortable environment for the elderly to live in.

These changes can be simple alterations you do yourself or you can get an assessment done by an occupational therapist who can make recommendations on what to change.

Some simple changes may include:

  • Removing throw rugs and floor rugs that may present a trip hazard.
  • Installing night lights in hallways and stairwells.
  • Make sure there are no electrical cords running where they may be a trip hazard.
  • Changing door knobs to levers.
  • Removing locks from bathroom and toilet doors so they can be accessed quickly in case of a fall.
  • Getting yourself a comfy recliner that can also raise and lower you.
  • Outdoor motion sensor lights on pathways and driveways.
  • Applying non skid material to stairs.
  • Moving low furniture such as coffee tables out of the way.
  • Adjusting the thermostat on the hot water system to stay below 48'C or install a device that prevents scalding.
  • Placing commonly used items in the fridge on the easiest shelf to access.
  • Changing taps to flick mixers.
  • Clearing walkways and repairing cracks or lifted pavers.

 Further changes that may require the help of a tradesman or other professional include:

  • Lowering light switches and widening doorways if you are in a wheelchair.
  • Installing handrails in the bathroom/toilet.
  • Installing a frame-less shower for easy entry.
  • Installing ramps where needed.
  • Installing smoke and gas detectors which are connected to mains power.
  • If you need to climb stairs, a stair lift could be helpful

 The benefits of any improvements you choose to make can go a long way in promoting a safer more independent lifestyle!

 This video provided by the Department of Health provides a great overview of the process of obtaining a My Aged Care Package.

Feel free to give us a call on 1300 554 983 if you would like someone to talk to about My Aged Care Packages.

 

As of the 1st of February this year NDIS has made some changes to the price guide structure used by NDIS providers.

As per a recommendation from the Independent Pricing Review, a Very High Intensity pricing tier has been introduced for people with complex needs. This allows providers to charge a higher rate for supports that require staff with more skill and experience. With this being the case, many providers and participants who require very high intensity care may need to look at recalculating their budgets and rewriting their services agreements. Participants may need to reduce their supports or increase their spending accordingly as there is no indication of packages being scaled up in accordance with the changes.

Dementia is not one specific disease, but a collection of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain. Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • A change in personality
  • Withdrawal and apathy
  • The loss of ability to perform normal everyday tasks

Caring for someone with Dementia can be a challenging task for many reasons.