Multi cultural older women

Stephano is in his mid 70's and until recently has enjoyed good health. Six months ago he had a hip replacement operation, and he now needs some help with the household chores, especially things like the cleaning and laundry. His daughter and son-in-law are in the paid workforce. They help as much as they can but they have limited time. They know


Staying at home has many advantages for those who are in good health and do not need constant nursing care and assistance. In today's society many community services are available to assist the older person to stay in an environment that is familiar and friendly. Providing that the home is safe and secure, it allows the person the opportunity to

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The services listed in this Tab are provided to assist older people (and those with a disability) in the community who have chosen to live at home. There may be some costs involved, but they are usually quite manageable. Topics covered include:

  • Transport,
  • Home help
  • Nursing services
  • Paramedical services
  • Food services
  • Home maintenance
  • Day

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If they choose to remain at home, older people can use a range of government funded, private or voluntary community and agency services that provide help and care. There are a range of Home care services, but many services have priority assessments and waiting lists. There is a cost for most services, but these charges are kept to a minimum and

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As a person ages, he or she may choose to review living arrangements, especially when there is a need for some level of care or social contact after the death of a partner. For others, the decision may be based on a preference to be closer to family, friends or local social activities.

Decisions about moving need to be considered in detail and

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Moving from the family home into a facility that is designed specifically for older people can be a very positive but sometimes challenging move, especially if it means moving from the family home and further away from a familiar suburb, family and friends. However there are many benefits the most important being that there is likely to be onsite


A number of older people eventually choose to move into retirement villages. There are many options to choose from, but normally retirement villages consist of self-care and / or hostel-type units. To enter a self-care unit people must be totally independent and able to take care of themselves and their living space. Independent living units may

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Hostels can be an appropriate alternative for older people who cannot cope alone but still want to retain a degree of independence. Usually, hostel accommodation is in a private room or bed-sitter with ensuite facilities. Staff are on call on a 24-hour basis. They may be available to assist with showering, dressing, administering medication

Nursing homes are an option for people who need continuous nursing care and a high degree of assistance with personal care. The Commonwealth Government funding criteria encourage nursing home owners to provide services only for those who have high levels of dependency and who need ongoing nursing care.

Most nursing home places are reserved for

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Australian and New Zealand society has become more mobile. People now move more frequently, often because of career needs. They frequently leave behind members of their immediate and extended family. In many cases, older family members are reluctant to move and leave their friends and cultural roots. Similarly, an older person may move to a warmer

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Moving a relative into a nursing home or hostel can be an incredibly difficult decision for a carer. You may be feeling guilty. This may be because you previously promised to care for your relative/friend at home forever. Or perhaps your relative expected you to continue caring at home. But the reality might be very different. You may be at the

Australia National Contact Numbers and Web Pages

Organisation Contact Organisation Web Adress Service Information

Arthritis Foundation


1800 011 041


Australian Hearing

13 1797

Aged Care Complaints Resolution Scheme 1800 550


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