What’s involved in an aged care assessment?

To access government-subsidised residential aged care, respite care, and home care services, you must first be assessed as eligible by the Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) or Regional Assessment Service (RAS). An aged care assessment is an essential part of the aged care process and is used to recommend the type and level of care […]

Bridging the Distance, One Smile at a Time

The importance of meaningful relationships to our overall health and well-being can’t be underestimated. We have a fundamental need to connect with other humans and a desire to spend time with loved ones. Yet, social distancing and isolation during long months of lockdown have limited our ability to enjoy the physical closeness we crave. And […]

Are you eligible for government-subsidised services?

Starting on your aged care journey can be daunting, and you are likely to have many questions. Understanding what government-subsidised programs are available and your eligibility for these services is a good place to start. Many government-subsidised programs are available to senior Australians—each designed to support individuals at different stages of their aged care journey. […]

Services to Support Your Independence at Home

No matter what ‘home’ means to you, there is something special about the place we call home. From the outside, it is bricks and mortar, the same as any other; but on the inside, it is different. It is a place of comfort, a personal sanctuary filled with memories, photos and chosen belongings—a place we […]

Friendship: The Secret to Ageing Well

July 30, 2021, is the International Day of Friendship — a day on which to acknowledge and celebrate our friends, particularly those whose companionship, care and support have sustained us throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Friends are the family we choose for ourselves. — Edna Buchanan While there’s truth in this quote, think about the pecking […]

The importance of our carers


A recent article in the aged care newsletter, Community Care Review, ‘Home care redesign must be carer inclusive’ written by Judy Skatsson (May 25, 2021), discussed the importance of the family carer in home care and how the changes to the model of Home Care Packages to Consumer-Directed Care, eliminated the role of carers. As the Aged […]

Making that difficult decision

Working in community aged care for 15 years, I have supported hundreds of families. I have been part of their journey as they have had to make a number of decisions for the care needs of their loved one. I would visit the client and the family regularly to ensure that the support being provided […]

World Kindness Day – Do we need a reminder to be kind?

World Kindness Day is observed internationally on November 13th. It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of non-government organisations around the world, including Australia.  The purpose of World Kindness Day is to highlight good deeds in the community, focusing on the positive power and common thread of kindness that unites […]

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

On Thursday 31st October 2019 the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report was released. The report, entitled Neglect, has found the aged care system fails to meet the needs of its older, vulnerable citizens and does not deliver uniformly safe and quality care, is unkind and uncaring towards older people and […]