Help for aging carers of a person with a disability

Planning for the future is often the number one priority of aging carers who are caring for a person with a disability.

Older parents and carers may be confronted with the prospect of their declining health and mobility, changes to their friendship networks, changes in the supports available and the need to carefully manage their finances.  Carers need reassurance that the person they care for will be safe, happy and well supported in the future.

“At Gippsland Lakes Complete Health we can assist older people caring for someone with a disability to make choices about future service and support arrangements, and provide them with the best possible advice regarding their options,” explained Shelley Wormald, Team Manager of Disabilities Services at GLCH.

“There is no single organisation that will automatically take over your role. However there are organisations that can assist you to plan for the future, we can help you access them.”

If you are 60 years or over (or Aboriginal and over 45 years) and are caring for a person with a disability, you are eligible for support and planning.

The GLCH disability team will assess your current and future needs, including those of the person with a disability you care for and create a plan that will link you to local organisations and support services, and address a range of situations such as ‘what to do in an emergency’.

“Our disability services are accessible quality services that promote resilience and independence,” added Ms Wormald.  “Our experienced team will help you identify what needs to be put in place and the steps required to achieve peace of mind.”

If you would like to know more about planning for older carers for a person with a disability, call in to one of our five locations in Bairnsdale, Bruthen, Lakes Entrance, Metung or Nowa Nowa, or telephone 5155 8300 and ask to speak to Margie Budge our Disabilities Coordinator.

New Walking Group for Lakes Entrance Residents

Gippsland Lakes Complete Health (GLCH) is one week away from launching their new Walking Group for all Lakes Entrance residents on Wednesday 28 January.

Led by qualified fitness instructor Megan Bourne, the walking group will meet at GLCH twice a week ongoing on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9.30am. The group will head off on a leisurely stroll around the neighbourhood and return by 10.30 for a cuppa and a chat.

“You don’t need to be super fit to join the group – just keen to improve your health and fitness,” explained Ms Bourne. “The group caters for all abilities and fitness levels and is a great form of physical activity for people who are overweight, elderly or who haven’t exercised in a long time.”

If you’re looking to add a bit of fun and fitness to your lifestyle in 2015 then contact GLCH for more information on 5155 8300. “Sometimes just a walk alone in the fresh air is just what we need,” added Megan. “But if you’re just getting started and you’re not sure that you want to do all your walking on your own – or if you like the idea of having other people around to help you stay motivated – then come walk with us starting next Wednesday.”

Health benefits of walking:

Stronger bones and improved balance

  • Increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes
  • Increased muscle strength and endurance
  • Reduced body fat.

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