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Since childhood, Western society has instilled in us the value of independence. While there is value in developing self-sufficiency there has perhaps been an over emphasis on independence at the expense of interdependence. Research shows that despite the difficulties we may face, being involved with others is good for our...
The aim of having support at home is to enable you to live as safely and independently as possible. Usually this involves support for you with your personal and practical needs. For the purpose of this article we are referring to ongoing services. (Short term intensive support programmes that you...
Life is full of times of transition where we move from one stage to another. One such transi­tion can come when a health or disability issue means we are no longer able to manage as well as we could in our own homes. Dealing with a transition such as this...
Staying at home may be possible but whether you can do this successfully and safely is the big question. Being assessed at rest home level of care indicates that you need more assistance with personal care and general day to day activities. Is it possible to get the help you...
This depends on a number of factors including why you need the services, whether other household members can help out and whether you have a Community Services card. If you are being discharged from hospital you may receive subsidised support for a short period of time while you convalesce. Other...
The government’s consumer protection website advises the following to those who engage a tradesperson: Get estimates and quotes Check your tradesperson is registered Ask the right questions Make sure the brief is clear When the work is complete – get the sign offs, warranties/guarantees, and keep the compliance certificates and...
Generally, when someone has had surgery and there are no indicators that they have a long-term disability then the type of support they might get on discharge is short term, perhaps for about six weeks. Sometimes it might be shorter or longer. If this hasn’t been arranged for you, ask...
Some home or property owners have freed up money via an Equity Release, or reverse mortgage, to give them more options. It may be of particular interest for those: who have minimal assessed needs, do not qualify for subsidised support, have little family or community support and who want social...