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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

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.

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

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.

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.

Advice for Seniors During the Easter Break

Got the Travel Bug?

Home Instead Senior Care has been approved to deliver government funded Home Care Packages, meaning seniors will be able to choose the company to deliver their home care services from March 2017.

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?

The festive season has well and truly arrived, and for many of us it’s one of the few times we gather with family and friends.

Prospect’s Tizi Bish has been recognised by Home Instead Senior Care as the 2016 South Australian Caregiver of the Year and as a Finalist in the National Caregiver of the Year Awards.

The 4th National Elder Abuse Conference in Melbourne has revealed that the incidence of elder abuse in Australia is increasing steadily.

Recent studies have found that 10-15% of Australians aged 65 and over experience symptoms of depression.

Home Instead Senior Care are readily anticipating the next instalment of government reform to our aged care system, changes that will allow seniors to receive home care services from a provider of their choice.

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.

We are devoted to providing our clients the best in-home care. The type of care they need and deserve. To deliver on this commitment, we are proud to announce the new Home Instead Senior Care Learning Program.

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.

Home Instead Senior Care has been nominated to receive the Award of Age Friendly Home and Personal Services in the Flourishing on the Fleurieu competition. We were blown away by the amount of nominations we received, and the wonderful feedback we heard from the community.

Caring for a person with dementia can be challenging, however, one of the most distressing aspects of caring for someone who has dementia can be the changes in behaviour. It’s important to remember every person with dementia is unique - they will react to circumstances in their own way,

Every person with dementia is unique, and no two people have the same symptoms or deteriorate at the same rate. What is certain though is that dementia will gradually affect the way a person communicates.

1 Australian is diagnosed with dementia every 6 minutes. Without a medical breakthrough, the number of Australians with dementia is expected to reach 900,000 by 2050.

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)

Growing older forces change. If your parents are getting older, it's time to open the lines of communication about ageing, senior issues and their desires for the future to ensure any changes they face with age not only reflects their needs, but also their wants. However, we k

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.

Chances are you spend a great deal of your life planning for the future – your career, your finances, your holidays, your retirement – but you may never have planned on becoming a family caregiver.

Home Instead Senior Care is in the running to win the Flourishing on the Fleurieu Business and Community Award and we need your support.

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.

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.

Many seniors do not ask for help - particularly because they often fear that they will be a burden to their families or lose their independence.

You enter your father’s home. There are piles of old newspapers and mail on the dining table, an overflowing medicine cabinet with out-of-date medications, a heap of dirty laundry on his bed, a pile of dishes in the sink and a 10-year supply of Brylcreem, despite him being bald.

IN twelve months, the Australian aged care system will experience the most significant change in fifty years, transforming the way home care services are delivered and empowering you – the decision maker - to receive the quality services you deserve.

Home Instead Senior Care has awarded Adelaide’s Leonie McCallum 2015 Australian CAREGiver of the Year. The award recognises Leonie’s outstanding commitment to providing quality, compassionate care that enhances the lives of seniors and their families.

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".

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.

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

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.

Monday 12th October marks World Arthritis Day.

1 in 3 Australians aged 65 and over living in the community fall each year. In fact, falls are the leading cause of deaths from injury for people aged 65 and over and the cause of approximately 40 percent of all residential care admissions.

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

There's no doubt about it - talking about dying and planning for end of life is difficult. We often don't know how to, or where to go for information.

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.

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.

Recent research found that over 90 percent of older Australians wish to remain in the comfort of their own home - at the heart of this wish is the desire to maintain their independence and retain their quality of life.

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?

The facts are startling. Fewer than 5 per cent of Australians have an end of life plan and just 55 per cent of those who pass away have a will.

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?

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.

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.

Your parents want to grow old at home, but you're noticing that the simple day-to-day activities like preparing home cooked meals or getting in and out of bed is becoming more challenging. This doesn't necessarily mean they've lost their independence.

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.

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

There is no doubt that scams are on the rise in Australia –  In 2014, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) reported over 92,000 scams, amounting to losses in excess of $89 million.

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.

Your ageing loved one is adamant about staying at home, but you’re noticing some warning bells. Despite these warning bells, he or she refuses the idea of home care - but why?

It’s a tale that we regrettably see very often – the marked decline of a senior after a hospital stay. Rather than having a successful recovery, some seniors returning from the hospital have difficulty getting back into a routine, experience more health declines and are unable to regain full

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.

Did you know that over 90% of Senior Australians admitted into residential care facilities in Australia last year were malnourished?

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

Contrary to popular belief, the overwhelming majority of families that we meet only want the very best for their ageing loved ones.

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.

There’s no doubt that family caregiving is intimate business. Coaxing your ageing father into the shower and helping him wash or assisting your mother with toileting and cleaning are both big tasks to take on as a family carer.

When you don’t see your parents regularly, it can be challenging to know when something isn’t right. Feeling guilty about not being there can hamper your decision making too - so what exactly can you do to make sure your parents are healthy and safe at home?

In a recent survey of older Australians, an overwhelming 92% of respondents wanted to remain living in their own homes. “In a pine box!” is a common response when asked when they’d like to move out of home. 

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.