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At Home Instead Senior Care Melbourne Outer East, we are excited to announce the welcoming of our new Care Manager, Nina.

For many of us, the Christmas period is an enjoyable time packed with celebrations and habitual family get-togethers with our nearest and dearest.

Are you feeling stiff in the mornings? Do your joints ache more than they used to? Have you noticed inflammation in your hands, feet or back? These are all symptoms of arthritis.

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?

Without realising it, we all have many items around the house that can be trip hazards, so we want to share with you some simple modifications that can make living at home easier as you age.

Common issues

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?

On Valentine’s Day, there is nothing better than hearing a true-life love story. One of our clients was kind enough to share their story for everyone to enjoy.

Even on a cloudy day, we can forget to get enough to drink, so we’ve pulled together our top tips for staying hydrated this summer.

Drink options for staying hydrated this summer

Across Australia, communities and individuals got involved with our ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ campaign.

Home Instead Senior Care’s goal with this campaign was to help seniors feel respected, appreciated and cared for over the holiday season.


27 February 2017 will bring more changes to Australia’s aged care system. But what do these changes mean for you?

If you are an existing Home Instead Senior Care client…

During a recent client visit, I spoke to Sandy, a family member of one of our clients. She shared with me her recent experience seeking dementia support services after finding out her mother had been diagnosed with early onset dementia.

As we welcome another hot and humid Australian summer, it is important we take care to keep hydrated and healthy.

We all like to think that 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 some seniors.

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.

You are invited to make a submission to the Department of Health, sharing your views and experiences on the changes to aged care that have been continually rolled out since 2012. Feedback submitted to the Department will be used to inform the final report of the Aged Care Legislated Review.

Home Instead Senior Care has named Sydney’s Rebecca Parsons the 2016 Australian CAREGiver of the Year. The award recognises her outstanding commitment to providing quality, compassionate care that enhances the lives of seniors and their families.

The independent Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, Rae Lamb has released her first annual report, detailing the first six months of operations since taking over responsibility for the Aged Care Complaints Scheme in January 2016.

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.

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.

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)

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.

The number of people aged over 85 is projected to double by the year 2030 and double again by 2050. Whilst our society will undoubtedly face new challenges; population ageing has created one of the most exciting business opportunities for entrepreneurs to take advantage of in a market experi

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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?
Consumer Directed Care: It’s Your Choice

Home Instead Senior Care has always supported older Australians to continue living at home the way you want with quality, flexible, personalised care tailored to your individual needs.

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.

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

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.

Research has shown the best place for a person with memory loss is to continue to live in familiar surroundings.

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.

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

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.

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.