Our stories

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…

Improving strength and balance

Improving strength and balance

  Balance is important for maintaining postural stability and thus for the avoidance of falls. Balance exercises should include multi-tasks situations which require the body to perform many activities of daily living; such as walking downstairs while having a conversation or stepping over an obstacle while carrying shopping bags.   Besides balance, muscle strength/power is also important for activities of…

Dementia Services Team Reflect on Dementia Action Week

Dementia Services Team Reflect on Dementia Action Week

  Dementia Action Week runs from the 16th – 22nd of September challenging our community’s perceptions around people living with dementia.   Dementia Australia asks “Dementia Doesn’t Discriminate. Do you?”   Southern Cross Care’s Dementia Services Team Manager Rejane Le Grange first-hand experiences with clients and families is that many people feel awkward around a person with dementia, and find it…

What is dementia?

What is dementia?

What is dementia? Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a number of illnesses that affect the brain. It is not one specific disease. Dementia causes a progressive decline in a person’s functioning and affects a person’s thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks.   Who gets dementia? Dementia can happen to anybody, but it…