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Beware home care scammers

 

There are reports of a scam involving home care, in which home care recipients are contacted by people trying to lure them into upfront payment for “vouchers”, with the con artists promising this will get them a better home care package deal.

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Are you being charged extra fees to receive paper bills via post? 

 

Avoid these extra fees for posted bills by opting to receive bills electronically, or some companies will waive paper bill fees if you are:
• a senior
• getting income support
• registered for a concession
• on a hardship program
• without internet access.

Find out more about paper billing fees and if you are eligible for an exemption at consumerlaw.gov.au/paperbilling

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Dying to Know Day

Dying to Know Day,8 August, is Australia’s public awareness campaign encouraging the nation to open up to sharing and talking and planning for end of life. This initiative is about how, as people and communities, we can be better at knowing what to do when someone is dying, caring or grieving.

You can get involved by hosting an event or joining an event in your local community.

 

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Calling all artists

The Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service Mental Health Week event is being hosted at Baillie Henderson in Toowoomba on Thursday 10 October.

The HHS has called for community contributions of artwork (art / craft / photography / woodwork) for the exhibition.

For more information contact DDHHS-Consumer-Engagement@health.qld.gov.au or visit www.qldmentalhealthweek.org.au

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Make your smart phone a wise phone

If you regularly have trouble with managing your medicines and health info, then the MedicineWise app can help.

With this app you can easily keep track of medicines and access important health info any time and anywhere, especially in emergencies.

Perfect for those with multiple medicines, busy lifestyles, or carer responsibilities, the MedicineWise app allows you to do the following, plus much more:

  • Create a list of medicines by scanning your medicine barcodes or searching our comprehensive Australian medicines database
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Caring for People with Dementia – a caregivers support group

Are you a carer of a person with dementia, or know someone who is? The Caring for Carers of People with Dementia project runs support groups by group videoconference for carers who are geographically or socially isolated.

Watch the video to find out more.

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National Advance Care Planning Week: 1-5 April 2019

National Advance Care Planning Week, initiated by Advance Care Planning Australia is coming soon. Advance Care Planning week is a good time to think about your values and beliefs, talk with your family about your future health care wishes, and make these choices known.

If you were unable to communicate your health care choices to doctors, because of illness or accident, who would speak on your behalf? Would they know and therefore make the same decisions you would make for … Read the rest

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Brisbane South Older People’s Health and Wellness Strategy 2019-2024

 

COTA Queensland Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans has joined the Brisbane South Older People’s Health and Wellness Strategy Committee to guide the successful implementation of the joint Metro South Hospital and Health Service/ Brisbane South PHN Health and Wellness Strategy.

The Strategy’s vision is ‘older people in the Brisbane south region experience a greater quality of life through safe connected and coordinated person-centred care in an age-friendly community.

Key Priorities for the Strategy are:

  1. Facilitate connected person-centred care
  2. Enable evidence based,
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Caring for older people at the end of life: support for health professionals and aged care staff

End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) is funded by the Australian Government to support health professionals and aged care staff to provide end of life care to senior Australians in residential aged care and the community.

In her blog, Dr Jennifer Tieman adds her perspective as the Director and Chief Investigator of the CareSearch project, to the need for Australia to be ready to care for older people as they come to the end … Read the rest

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Creating Age-friendly Communities

Age-friendly cities and communities are places where older people live safely, enjoy good health and stay involved. Guiding the development of age-friendly places is a process that actively involves older people in decision-making, implementation and evaluation of a plan of action to bring about sustainable change.

In June 2016, the Queensland Government launched the Queensland: an age-friendly community – Action plan which provides a clear way forward to direct the implementation and delivery of age-friendly communities in Queensland.

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