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Staying hydrated as temperatures rise

As the temperature rises it is timely to remind ourselves that young children and the elderly need to have special attention paid to them to ensure they stay dehydrated. On these hot days stay indoors if you can, avoid strenuous activity, wear lightweight clothing and drink cool water regularly throughout the day. If you lose… Continue Reading

Support For The Decision Makers

A person who uses a wheelchair also needs a ramp to access a building, the same with many people with cognitive disabilities that need support to be able to make decisions and determine their own lives.  Supported decision making is the practice of providing support to those people with cognitive disabilities so they are able to… Continue Reading

End of Life Care and Ethnicity

Our Australian community is culturally diverse with approximately half of the population being migrants whilst the other half is predominately Anglo-Celtic origin.  Despite Australia’s cultural diversity, the ethnic minority still continue to have difficulty in access the health care systems, let alone culturally appropriate care which include palliative and end of life care.  This disparity… Continue Reading

Signs The Carer Needs A Break

If you are caring for a person with dementia, you may at times feel totally exhausted and need a little caring yourself; just a bit of ‘time out’ to regain your energy, to visit the hairdresser or catch up with an old friend. Taking a break from being the carer is important for anyone providing… Continue Reading

Coping With The Holidays

Christmas can be difficult at the best of times but trying to cope while caring for a loved one who is very sick, makes it even harder, and we sure know that. Perhaps you are dreading the days ahead not knowing how you are going to get through them. Anxiety about events associated with Christmas… Continue Reading

Keeping Our Seniors Mobile

We all know the value of a little exercise in our daily lives but what about our senior citizens? There are some seniors that maintain a joie de vivre or a cheerful enjoyment of life that we all may envy when we are older. So what is their secret? Exercise and movement – you’ve heard the phrase “if… Continue Reading

Unmasking Melanoma

Did you know Melanoma kills one Australian every 6 hours? Unfortunately, Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world. Fortunately, and thankfully, a diagnosis is no longer a death sentence.  But with the warm summer weather with us now, it is timely to be reminded of the “slip, slop, slap” message. The chances of surviving melanoma are… Continue Reading

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