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Major shake-up of Home Care Packages - find out how it will effect you

17 January 2017

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Major changes to the Government's Home Care Package program will take effect next month. National Care Management's Dr Peter Hanley spoke with Sky News about the changes last night - listen to the interview to learn more about how you can ...

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Recognising dementia early – why it’s important for your parent and you

28 September 2016

dementia

Essential things that families should know.

Supporting ageing parents at the same time as looking after your children and juggling work commitments is a lot to take on.  With so much to consider, it is not uncommon t ...

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Caring for Your Parents, Your Children, and Yourself: The Sandwich Generation

11 September 2016

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Today, there are approximately 1.5 million Australians caught between the demands of raising their own children in addition to providing care to one or more aging parents. This generation of people is known as the “Sandwich Generat ...

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Channel 7 News - Elderly Australians Avoid Nursing Homes for Home Care

07 September 2016

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Channel 7 News recently reported on National Care Management’s work with one of our client families, highlighting the growing need for professional Care Management services.

Living alone with Diabetes, Hypertension, Parkinso ...

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In-home care becoming more accessible – and cost effective relative to residential care

05 August 2016

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Plans to increase in-home care funding by 2022 are welcome news – especially for the 70% of Australians wishing to live out their final days at home.

The Commonwealth government has recently adjusted funding allocations so that subsid ...

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Comparing the Cost of Care Management for In-Home Care Against Residential Care

28 June 2016

home vs resi care

Helen* was referred by her geriatrician to National Care Management to assist in solving her family’s dilemma. With congestive heart failure, bilateral hip replacement and osteo-arthritic shoulders, pernicious anaemia and se ...

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Deciding Between Residential Care and Remaining at Home

28 June 2016

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Deciding between residential or in-home care is as big a decision as we will ever make. Kathy*, 89, and her family were faced with such a decision in 2015.

Kathy had recently left hospital following a chest infection, with a ...

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Regaining independence after hospitalisation - Dr Satish Loomba's story

31 May 2016

Dr Loomba

Dr Satish Loomba ran a medical practice with his wife Sara, also a medical practitioner, for over 40 years. When Sara died three years ago, he lost the confidence to continue with the practice and experienced a decline in his ph ...

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Are you prepared to hide your parents away when the end is nigh?

28 March 2016

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As the concerned children of ageing parents, do we have a right to urge our parents into 'safe, sanitary and supervised' institutionalised care, against their stated wishes to stay at home where things are familiar and personal?  Or shoul ...

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National press article profiles National Care Management. The Australian Financial Review article that the health community is talking about.

20 March 2016

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National Care Management's distinctive service was the subject of a recent article in the national media: "Smart service helps people remain at home and avoid residential care", published this month in the Au ...

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Consumer Directed Care (CDC) and your GP

28 February 2016

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Your GP has a key role in helping to make health care decisions with you.  With the transition of Home Care Packages to Consumer Directed Care (CDC), your GP relationship can take on a new dimension.  National Care Management can work wi ...

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Live better and live longer by being socially active

21 February 2016

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A long-term study published last week has confirmed what many of us have long believed - that maintaining an active social life helps you to live better and live longer.

Researchers from the University of Queensland tracked a group of over ...

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HomeHealthHQ becomes National Care Management

11 February 2016

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The HomeHealthHQ team is excited to launch its new brand and identity, National Care Management.

Our service is unique in the health sector and it is important that health professionals and families understand the benefits o ...

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Is your Home Care Package not meeting your needs? You’re not alone…

02 February 2016

damaged package

The recent introduction of greater consumer choice into government funded Home Care Packages under Consumer Directed Care is a welcome development with this important program.  However, many recipients of packages find that their packa ...

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Nursing home profits soar while care declines

03 January 2016

nursing homeTroubling statistics from the aged care sector reported recently by the Sydney Morning Herald add to concerns over the quality of care in nursing homes: 

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Neglect and intimidation in nursing homes

03 January 2016

nursing home residentA 7:30 Report story late last year aired damning claims of neglect and intimidation by nursing homes: 

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How National Care Management Makes Sure That Our World’s Best Health System Works Best For You

15 November 2015

Mind the Gap

OUR HEALTH SYSTEM IS WORLD CLASS

It is generally acknowledged that we have the ‘world’s best’ health care system. It is second to none and Australia can be proud.

We have impressive hospita ...

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Concerned about how the changes to home care services may affect you or your loved ones from 1 July?

28 June 2015

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There are a lot of changes underway in the provision of home care services for older Australians. These changes allow you and your loved ones to take more control over the type of services you access, and the way in which they're delivered. But ho ...

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Importance of specialist services for younger onset Alzheimer's disease

08 June 2015

young dementia

Memory loss is commonly reported as an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease.  But newly-reported research from a study of 7800 people with the disease shows that younger people w ...

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Moving home from hospital can be hazardous - for peace of mind, let our Care Managers get things organised for you

17 May 2015

woman with dr

Recent research confirms that moving between health care settings (from hospital to a rehab facility, or to home - or back to hospital!) is a common experience, and typically is complicated, costly and hazardous for ...

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April Falls Day reminds us to take action to reduce risk of fall-related injury

01 April 2015

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Today is April Falls Day – and it’s no joke!  An initiative of NSW Health’s Clinical Excellence Commission, April Falls Day reminds us all to look out for falls risks around the home and workplace.  It is especial ...

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Clinical study proves beneficial effects of a healthy diet, regular exercise, brain training and health monitoring on cognitive function among older people at risk of dementia

18 March 2015

cookingA major clinical study has proven the beneficial effects that a healthy diet, regular exercise, brain training and health monitoring can have on cognitive function among older people at risk of dementia.  

Published a few ...

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Accessing capital tied up in homes can improve quality of life for older Australians, says the minister for aged care

28 February 2015

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Accessing the capital that seniors have tied up in their homes could drive a very different quality of life for Australians as they age, the senior minister for aged care, Scott Morrison, has said.

A report by Australian Ageing Agend ...

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Oliver Sacks on learning he has terminal cancer

25 February 2015

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Oliver Sacks has inspired, challenged, and enlighted us throughout his life. He continues to do so as he shares his thoughts on the prospect of his approaching end of life:

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The 13 ways to anti-age your brain

21 February 2015

walkingAdopting a healthy lifestyle and getting involved in activities that keep us active and socially engaged can reduce the risk of dementia - here are some tips from the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing in NSW:

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Malnutrition is common among older Australians - and can have serious implications for health

15 February 2015

eatingResearchers from the University of Wollongong have reported that 10% of older adults living in the community are malnourished, while another 40% are at high risk of malnutrition. Malnutrition increases the risk of falls, osteoporosis, fractures, chronic d ...

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Staying on the move with dementia

08 February 2015

drivingFor many of us, being able to drive is integral to our sense of independence. What should we do when the progress of dementia makes driving no longer safe for our loved ones? How do we manage the transition to ‘non-driving’? How do we support ...

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Playing a musical instrument in later life protects against dementia

04 February 2015

senior musiciansCould this explain why so many old rock bands do revival tours?... New research shows that playing a musical instrument late in life may protect against dementia.

Dementia Research Foundation's Ian McDonald reports on this research a ...

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Fresh concerns over delays for access to aged care services

30 January 2015

aged carePeople in need of home care are "waiting more than 12 months to receive a home care package", claims an article in today's Australian Ageing Agenda. It reports that, as a result of the extended waiting lists, people are missing out on services they nee ...

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Alive Inside - a remarkable documentary on the power of music for those living with dementia

24 January 2015

musicThis stirring documentary, Alive Inside, reveals the positive power of music for people living with dementia ... such a simple, accessible way of enriching your loved ones' lives:

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Have you (or a loved one) had a fall? Is your mobility or balance worsening?

18 January 2015

man sittingHave you (or a loved one) had a fall? Is your mobility or balance worsening?

Mobility impairment and falls are very common among older Australians: for example, a recent study found that more than one in four adults over 65 years of age have ex ...

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Are you a long distance caregiver?

07 January 2015

walk in parkBeing a long distance carer is no walk in the park! Here are some tips on how to ease the burden, and maximise the opportunity for good quality time with your ageing parents.

1. Assemble a support team: draw on local resources that can support y ...

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Your Brain Matters - 5 Simple Steps

31 December 2014

exerciseWhatever your age, there are some simple, common sense things you can do to maximise your brain health. In particular:

1. look after your heart
2. be physically active
3. mentally challenge your brain
4. follow a healthy diet ...

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We're here for you over the holiday period

28 December 2014

carerWe're here if you or your loved ones need support over the holiday season. Let our team do the hard work, so you can enjoy quality time with friends and family.

 

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Travel tips for seniors

19 December 2014

travelAre you about to travel this holiday season? Here are some tips that may help you stay safe and healthy while travelling.

Preparing for possible medical needs:
- Consult your doctor for a medical check-up
- Discuss with your doctor any par ...

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Are you in the "Sandwich Generation"?

14 December 2014

sandwich generationAre you caring for your ageing parents as well as your own kids? Then, you’re one of Australia’s “Sandwich Generation”. It can be a challenging and stressful juggling act, and ‘burn-out’ is a real risk. H ...

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Exercise or face rapid health decline in old age, expert warns

09 December 2014

exercising elderlyA reminder of the importance of staying active as we age if we are to maintain our health and wellbeing:

http://www.a ...

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Are your Mum and Dad OK?

22 November 2014

concerned kidsWondering how your Mum or Dad are getting along? Worried that they're getting frail or forgetful, and may need some help at home? Concerned that you're not close at hand to give them the support they need?

When you're not close by, or you're ...

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Not enough hours in the day to juggle caring for your ageing parents and everything else?

16 November 2014

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Not enough hours in the day to juggle all the demands on your time: caring for your ageing parents in addition to other family and work commitments?

Let the team at National Care Management take the load off you and your family. Our ex ...

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Pets: they keep us company, they make us laugh. Did you know they're also good for our health?

10 November 2014

cute catThere’s no doubt that pets are fun to have around the house. But did you know that they are also good for your health? Health and quality of life benefits for pet owners include:

• Delaying the ageing process through increased physica ...

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Take action with in-home care early – it’s better for your health

04 November 2014

summer workoutIt’s common that as people age, everyday activities start to become more challenging. It’s also commonplace that older individuals and their carers put off decisions to accept support services as their needs increase. There are many ...

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Movember

31 October 2014

Mo

The month of November sees thousands of men across the country growing their Mo’s in aid of men’s health. You can get involved at 

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Improving brain function as we age – surprising research with video games.

28 October 2014

video gamingOne of the biggest issues we confront as we get older is the impact of ageing on our memory, our ability to concentrate, and other essential brain functions. Regular participation in activities that challenge the brain – such as sudoku puzzles o ...

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Is It Dementia?

25 October 2014

dementiaThis is a great resource to promote understanding of dementia: http://isitdementia.com.au/.  

If you feel someone you care about may be showing signs of dementia, encou ...

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Be Medicinewise Week

19 October 2014

drugsThis week is Be Medicinewise week. Understanding how to get the most out of your medications is important for everyone - but especially for older Australians taking multiple medications. For more information visit  

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