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September 2016

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Parkinson’s Victoria presents new treatments and more at GLCH

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Gippsland Lakes Community Health invites people living  with Parkinson’s, their families and carers, and others with an interest in the disease to this month’s meeting.

Guest Speaker

Victor McConvey from Parkinson’s Victoria will be presenting on New Treatments, Research and you!

Victor has been a Nurse Clinician for 17 years and with Parkinson’s Victoria for 10 years.

The bi-monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 12 October from 1.30 – 3.00pm in the  Bakewell/Bulmer rooms  @ GLCH in Lakes Entrance

Hope to see you there!

For further information please phone Judith on 5155 8370

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East Gippsland Seniors: We’ve got your health and wellbeing needs covered!

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Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) is one of the leading not-for-profit providers of health and wellness services in East Gippsland, providing more than 2,000 older people, their families and carers with quality in-home and community based services and individualised care when they need it.

“GLCH has been delivering quality health and wellbeing services for over 40 years and we provide a suite of services for seniors that are designed to enable a happy, healthy lifestyle at home and in the community,” said Sue Medson OAM, chief executive officer at GLCH.

A major local provider of Home Care Packages, GLCH provides flexible packages of in-home care and support services to be people who need some assistance to remain living at home. This includes people with complex care needs who would normally qualify for entry into a residential aged care facility. The types of services provided include domestic assistance, personal care, and assistance with meal preparation, transport, shopping and social outings.

“Staying socially connected on a regular basis is vital for the wellbeing of our ageing community members,” explained Ms Medson.  “GLCH offers a large variety low cost social groups and activities each week that provide physical, intellectual, emotional and social stimulation and respite and support for carers.”

The allied health team at GLCH deliver a range of wellness services and therapies to maximise independence and support people to remain active and healthy. They offer flexible services include physiotherapy, podiatry, exercise physiology, occupational therapy and a range of fitness groups that aim to improve mobility, manage chronic illness and pain, and improve fitness.

Aids and equipment to help you maintain your independence,

GLCH also offer a range of medical and nursing services supporting a range of health conditions and care needs from their Lakes Entrance, Metung, Bruthen and Nowa Nowa sites; and in the home.  They even have a registered nurse, who is trained in advance care planning to meet with people and their families to talk about planning ahead for your future health and personal care needs in case you become unable to make decisions for yourself.

Counselling and end of life support services are among the myriad of services available from the team at GLCH.  “Our staff are available to support people as they age to feel happy, healthy and valued,” Ms Medson said.  “We’re ready to assist people with their enquiries regarding our services for seniors, call us today or visit www.glch.org.au for further details.”

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Packages of care for seniors and families

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Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) been providing quality health and wellbeing services to local communities for over forty years and is a major provider of Home Care Packages in East Gippsland.

A Home Care Package provides a coordinated package of support services tailored to meet people’s specific care needs and help them stay in their own home as they get older. Services, such as home care, preparing meals, assistance with showering, or transport are overseen by a care manager who works with people and their families to design and coordinate a package of care that suits their needs.

Home Care Package coordinator at GLCH, Debbie Smith is available to speak to community groups about the benefits of a home care package, the services GLCH provides, and other government programs and initiatives.  Recently, Ms Smith spoke to the members of a planned activity group in Lakes Entrance.

“Under the new reform set to commence from February 2017, Home Care Packages will be allocated directly to the consumer via the new My Aged Care gateway,” said Ms Smith.  “This means eligible recipients can choose which organisation manages their package and provides their services.  This will be a significant change to how people access Home Care Packages, so we are visiting local community groups to let them know that our team are available to assist them with their aged care enquiries; and step them through the types of information My Aged Care will require to assess their needs.”

Mary Bennett, a long-time resident of Lakes Entrance, also spoke to the group about her experience as a recipient of a Home Care Package with GLCH; elaborating on the important role her care manager plays in her overall health and wellbeing.

Mary lives alone without family support and recently became ill. “I contacted my care manager for guidance and they immediately arranged for an Ambulance to take me to hospital where I was later admitted,” explained Mrs Bennett. “My care manager cancelled all my services and arranged for my dog and chooks to be cared for by a friend.”

Mary’s care manager also arranged for sleepwear and toiletries to be purchased and delivered to her in the hospital. All Mary had to do was focus on her recovery.

“When I was ready for discharge, my care manager arranged transport and reinstated all my services, said an appreciative Mrs Bennett.  “The support from the team at GLCH was fantastic – their blood is worth bottling!”

Care managers also provide essential support to client’s families.  “Often our family members live in faraway towns or interstate,” Ms Smith said.  “Some find it difficult to provide support and keep up-to-date from a distance, so it can be very reassuring knowing that a care manager is looking out for their loved one and keeping them informed.”

GLCH offers a knowledgeable team who are ready to assist people with their aged care enquiries; or visit local community groups. Call today or visit www.glch.org.au for further details.

hcp-media-september-2016Pictured L to R: Debbie Smith, Home Care Packages coordinator with package recipient, Mary Bennett and Planned Activity Group coordinator, Gill Wheeler.

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RU OK?

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Gippsland Lakes Commmunity Health (GLCH) is urging locals to reconnect with someone they’ve lost touch with tomorrow on R U OK? Day.

“R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to create a world where everyone is connected and is protected from suicide,” explained Leah McFadzean, Acting Chief Executive Officer at GLCH.  “R U OK?Day is its national day of action and a reminder for people to have conversations any day someone is struggling.”

To help understand how important suicide prevention is, about eight people take their own lives every day in Australia; 65,000 people attempt suicide each year; and suicide is the biggest killer of Australians under 44 years (Men account for around 75 per cent of all suicide deaths).

Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do.  You don’t need to be an expert – just a great mate and a good listener.  So, if you notice someone who might be struggling – start a conversation.

“Conversations help people feel supported and cared for and connected, and do make a difference,” Ms McFadzean said. “When friends and family show tolerance and understanding, it can make it easier for people to speak up, access help if needed, and access it early.”

GLCH offer counselling and support services to people experiencing a range of issues such as grief, depression, anxiety, and family and relationships problems. Talking things through with a counsellor may help you become clearer about what you want to do, find new ways of dealing with your problems or help you feel more in control of your life.

GLCH are also committed to the wellbeing of their staff.  “GLCH has been part of the Victorian Government’s Workplace Achievement Program since the beginning of 2015,” said Ms McFadzean. “The program aims to create a positive, healthy workplace culture, increase employee morale and improve productivity.  We have a team of representatives from across the agency who have created a number of successful wellbeing initiatives including healthy food pantries at our larger sites in Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale where staff can grab a piece of fruit or other healthy snack for a subsidised price; tai chi and art therapy classes offered outside of work hours; and more recently lunch time POP UP African drumming, and meditation and mindfulness sessions.”

Whether at work or home please connect with someone and ask them RU OK?  Never underestimate how supportive and helpful that very small question can be.

To find out more about R U OK? And RU OK?Day visit www.ruok.org.au

Leah and HW Team [September 2016]

Pictured L to R: Acting Chief Executive Officer, Leah McFadzean with some members of the Gippsland Lakes Community Health’s Health and Wellbeing Team including Allison Ferreira, Andrea Farley, Gill Wheeler, Leanne Stedman and Angela Ellis.

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Packages of care for seniors and their families

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Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) been providing quality health and wellbeing services to local communities for over forty years and is a major provider of Home Care Packages in East Gippsland.

A Home Care Package provides a coordinated package of support services tailored to meet people’s specific care needs and help them stay in their own home as they get older. Services, such as home care, preparing meals, assistance with showering, or transport are overseen by a care manager who works with people and their families to design and coordinate a package of care that suits their needs.

Home Care Package coordinator at GLCH, Debbie Smith is available to speak to community groups about the benefits of a home care package, the services GLCH provides, and other government programs and initiatives.  Recently, Ms Smith spoke to the members of a planned activity group in Lakes Entrance.

“Under the new reform set to commence from February 2017, Home Care Packages will be allocated directly to the consumer via the new My Aged Care gateway,” said Ms Smith.  “This means eligible recipients can choose which organisation manages their package and provides their services.  This will be a significant change to how people access Home Care Packages, so we are visiting local community groups to let them know that our team are available to assist them with their aged care enquiries; and step them through the types of information My Aged Care will require to assess their needs.”

Mary Bennett, a long-time resident of Lakes Entrance, also spoke to the group about her experience as a recipient of a Home Care Package with GLCH; elaborating on the important role her care manager plays in her overall health and wellbeing.

Mary lives alone without family support and recently became ill. “I contacted my care manager for guidance and they immediately arranged for an Ambulance to take me to hospital where I was later admitted,” explained Mrs Bennett. “My care manager cancelled all my services and arranged for my dog and chooks to be cared for by a friend.”

Mary’s care manager also arranged for sleepwear and toiletries to be purchased and delivered to her in the hospital. All Mary had to do was focus on her recovery.

“When I was ready for discharge, my care manager arranged transport and reinstated all my services, said an appreciative Mrs Bennett.  “The support from the team at GLCH was fantastic – their blood is worth bottling!”

Care managers also provide essential support to client’s families.  “Often our family members live in faraway towns or interstate,” Ms Smith said.  “Some find it difficult to provide support and keep up-to-date from a distance, so it can be very reassuring knowing that a care manager is looking out for their loved one and keeping them informed.”

GLCH offers a knowledgeable team who are ready to assist people with their aged care enquiries; or visit local community groups. Call today or visit www.glch.org.au for further details.

HCP Media [September 2016]

Pictured L to R: Debbie Smith, Home Care Packages coordinator with package recipient, Mary Bennett and Planned Activity Group coordinator, Gill Wheeler.