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Home care – helping the whole family

Home care – helping the whole family

  We chatted with Mary Butterworth, whose mother Julie is a Southern Plus home care client, to find out about the benefits of home care for not only the recipient but also for their loved ones.   Julie Butterworth is 89 and lives independently at home in Myaree. Happily married to husband Bill for more than 40 years, they lived…

Leading the way in dementia-specific care

Leading the way in dementia-specific care

  Southern Plus East Fremantle is leading the way with the very best in dementia-specific care offering dementia-friendly residential aged care combined with exceptional memory support services.   In addition to the nurses and care teams who provide 24/7 care and support, the highly-trained dementia specialists work with residents, families, and staff to create individualised dementia care plans, reflecting residents’…

Research focuses on ways to deal with chronic pain

Research focuses on ways to deal with chronic pain

  Dr. Natalie Morellini is the University of Notre Dame Australia’s first post-doctoral fellow in pain medicine. She is researching complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) under the direction of the Churack Chair, Professor Eric Visser. Dr. Morellini is working with Professors Peter Drummond and Philip Finch from Murdoch University.   Dr. Morellini’s research focuses on people with severe injuries who…

Caring for the carers

Caring for the carers

  To be an effective carer, it is important to look after your own health and well-being. This helps you to have the energy and strength required for your vital role.   If you have found yourself saying no to social events, not getting enough exercise or losing touch with your own sense of well-being because you are a carer…

Waiting for home care doesn’t make sense

Waiting for home care doesn’t make sense

  The national home care waitlist – how it works   The Government funds a limited number of Home Care Package (HCP) places in Western Australia.  The national waitlist has received a lot of criticism by the aged care sector, consumers and medical professions.  However, there are some options that you may not have considered or even realised are available…

Protecting against dementia with exercise

Protecting against dementia with exercise

  Physical exercise is essential for maintaining good blood flow to the brain and may encourage new brain cell growth and survival.   Rejane Le Grange, SCC’s Dementia Services Manager said physical exercise is an important component of a care plan for clients living with dementia   “As part of our commitment to the overall health and wellbeing of our…

Living with dementia series: what dementia feels like

Living with dementia series: what dementia feels like

By Rejáne Le Grange, Dementia Services Manager   Think about the skills you use every day to look after yourself, your family and to be successful at your job or your community responsibilities.   Now imagine a day where everything goes wrong. Things break, financial demands suddenly seem to increase, you don’t feel as well, extra tasks that are given…

Caring for a loved one with dementia

Caring for a loved one with dementia

  Caring for a loved one living with dementia can be a wonderfully fulfilling experience however it can bring about many challenges. The role of a carer can place significant physical and mental strain which can impact your health and therefore your ability to look after another person. To be an effective caregiver, you must first care for yourself. If you…