Jubilee Community Care will continue its dementia support meetings in 2018, with the first meetings being held at Centenary Community Hub, 171 Dandenong Rd, Mount Ommaney on Tuesday, March 6 from 9.15am-11am.
The group will continue on Tuesdays at the same time on April 10, May 8, June 5 and July 3.
If you are caring for someone with dementia, you too need support. And often, the best support can come from others in a similar situation. Come along to our support group for carers of people living with dementia to:
• learn more about what to expect about dementia;
• take heart from hearing others’ experiences;
• share your ideas about what helps;
• make new friendships with people in a similar situation.
We will cover topics such as diagnosis, communication problems, and practical day-to-day challenges. We will give you resources to take home, as well as practical ideas, encouragement and hopefully some peace of mind.
To take part phone Jubilee Community Care on 3871 3220.
Jubilee Community Care is working with Professor Michael Fine and Dr Beatriz Cardona from Macquarie University on the introduction of a client assessment process called the Australian Community Care Outcomes Measurement ACCOM).
The ACCOM assesses and measures quality of life for clients on an ongoing basis and will help to ensure that clients of Jubilee Community Care get the assistance and services important to them.
On commencement of services with Jubilee Community Care a client is, and will continue to be, assessed by a Client Support Coordinator for their need of care, capabilities, tasks that a client needs help with, tasks that a client can manage themselves and areas where they could improve their functionality. This data is held within our current information management systems and is used to develop a client’s care plan.
The ACCOM is a questionnaire to be completed by a client or their family during a review of their service/care plan. It is about their quality of life, whether the client feels they have control over their daily living, if they are engaging in meaningful social participation and an open question for a client to elaborate on issues important to them or that are not addressed specifically.
Based on survey data, Prof Fine said that clients using the ACCOM reported that it was easy to use and over 90 per cent of clients said they completed the questionnaire within 10 minutes.
A Client Support Coordinator from Jubilee Community Care will answer the same questions about the client (based on their knowledge of the client and with the input of the client’s Support Workers) and can compare their perception of a client’s quality of life with the client’s own feelings.
Researcher Dr Cardona, from Macquarie University’s Department of Sociology, said Client Support Coordinators could use this information to develop an appropriate care plan and improvements to the delivery of service.
Clients who are scheduled for a review of their service/care plan from this month onwards will receive the ACCOM questionnaire along with an explanation for completion and a pre-paid envelope to return the completed questionnaire to Jubilee Community Care.
There will be circumstances pertinent to individual clients/families whereby the current review process of their service/care plan will continue.
With Easter nearing, several services will be affected by public holidays in March and April.
Services on the four days from Good Friday to Easter Monday (March 30 to April 2) will be affected. Also affected will be ANZAC Day on Wednesday, April 25. Essential services of personal care, medication assistance and meal preparation are provided on these days while domestic assistance, social support, respite and shopping are not provided.
If you have any questions please phone us on 3871 3220.
Jubilee Community Care is keen to hear from clients or carers of clients who would be interested in being more socially connected than they feel at the moment.
Jubilee is willing to arrange for a regular social phone call each week or fortnight from a special member of our team. These regular phone calls would be arranged at a time mutually convenient to both you and the staff member. Topics of conversation each week could be around hobbies, local news or other topics of interest to you.
To register your interest phone Jubilee Community Care on 3871 3220.