Last week, Tanya & Paula from our Kadina office participated at the COTA community information session at the Kadina Town Hall. It was an opportunity for people to find out more information of the aged care system, My Aged Care, aged care providers and services available in your region. There were informative talks and plenty of stalls from various service providers. Despite it being a warm day, it was very successful with plenty of opportunities for us to talk to people from the local region.
Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative aimed at increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians in using digital technology. Through Be Connected, older Australians will be able to access a wide range of resources such as learning the basics of how to connect online including how to use a digital device, be safe online, sending emails, how to use Facebook and other social media, shopping online, how to share holiday photos with family, and much more.
For more information visit - https://beconnected.esafety.gov.au
At the AGM this year Margaret Manuel stepped down as Chairman after seven years in this role. Margaret Zweck was appointed as the new Chairman of Country Home Services. Margaret Zweck, who lives in Clare, joined the Board in December 2012 and has been appointed as Chairman of Country Home Services.
Margaret Zweck stated: “I would like to thank the Board of Directors for electing me as Chairman, following the tremendous and successful leadership of previous Chairman, Margaret Manual. I feel privileged to take on this responsibility and look forward to ensuring that the good governance of the past continues and our services and business thrive in the competitive world of care to people.”
“Country Home Services is an incredible asset in our rural areas. It will continue to be so due to you, our community, and the dedicated staff and contractors assisting people to remain in their homes with support and comfort. Your commitment and enthusiasm to our organisation is greatly appreciated.’
“I wish everyone, staff, contractors, clients and carers all the joys of the Christmas Season and Best of Wishes for a rewarding 2018.”
Recently we visited the beautiful Port Vincent Community on the Yorke Peninsula to give one of our Valley to Coast presentations to the Port Vincent Fellowship. These presentations allow people to gain a better understanding about Aged Care services and how we can support them at home. As with every presentation, our presenter opens the floor to questions and on this day we received questions that related to self-funded retirees and their access to services, cost for services, the impact of My Aged Care and its effectiveness, and our ability to provide the services they need in their rural communities. These questions bought about a fabulous discussion that gave the attendees much insight and knowledge about what we can offer to support them.
If you would like answers to these same questions or perhaps you have questions of your own then contact us on 1300 773 202. Also if you are part of a community group within our region that would like a presentation then we would love to come out and visit you. Call us to make a time today or visit our Presentations Page for more information.
At Country Home Services, one of the most important things to us is reconnecting people back to what they love doing in life. Some times due illness or perhaps for some reason we have lost our confidence, we may decide to pull away from the activities we love. It is here that Country Home Services can really help. Our staff are passionate about finding a way to reconnect people to what they love doing, and when we are doing what we love, life begins to be a little more joyful.
Take a look at Ian's story and see how just one service has made a difference - Ian's Story
The Seniors Collaboration Project has organised an excellent Free workshop in Gawler on Friday the 13th of October 2017. The workshop is called the Memory and Ageing Information Session where you can learn:
- How memory works
- What happens to memory as we age
- What causes memory problems
- What you should ask your doctor
- Signs of dementia
- Strategies you can adopt if you are concerned about your memory
- How you can protect your brain.
Time & Date: 13th October from 10-12 noon
Venue: Gawler Sport and Community Centre, Nixon Tce Gawler
RSVP: Please book by the 10th October by contacting Deb Anderson on 8563 8414 or SMS 0400 439 762
For more information, support and advice about dementia, call Alzheimers Australia on 1800 100 500
The care at home system is moving towards a more consumer-driven, market-based and nationally consistent system. Important reforms in home care were introduced in February 2017 to give consumers more choice in selecting a home care provider. There is now also a nationally consistent process for assigning home care packages to consumers.
Before making decisions on future reform, the Government wants to hear further from the sector on what you believe is the best way forward. They are seeking your views on how future reform can best support older Australians to remain living at home and in their communities. For more information please visit https://consultations.health.gov.au/aged-care-policy-and-regulation/discussion-paper-future-care-at-home-reform/