What a day! Our Freedom and Choice in Ageing Expo was a hit on August 22. Visitors to the expo seized the chance to talk to exhibitors about products and services that would help them remain safe and independent in the home.
Talks by Jubilee Community Care director Shaun Riley, Brisbane City Councillor Julian Simmonds, Stay Standing founder Monique Kurdian and a few exhibitors were well received.
When you become a Home Care package client, a personalised care plan and budget unique to your needs are created. This budget summarises how your funding is to be spent based on the things that are most important to you.
The importance of maximising your budget can not be downplayed. You are entitled to make your care package count towards services that matter to you. Our client support coordinators are here to oversee your care and help you get the most out of your package. They help you maximise your funding to cater to all your wants and needs now and in the future.
Sometimes you may notice an increase in your unspent funds. There are lots of creative ways you can put these funds to good use while still having a little tucked away for that unexpected situation.
When you are thinking about what you would like to spend your funding on, get creative. There are ways to add value to your life that you may not have even thought about yet. Do you think an iPad would help you keep in touch with the grandkids? Does your air conditioner need replacing before summer? Is there an art class you have always wanted to take? Is there an outing you would like to attend where we can arrange transport for you? Could you use an extra social support service or two to get Christmas shopping done?
Aside from direct care that can keep you healthy and happy at home, there are other services that can make life easier and more enjoyable. A client support coordinator is a valuable font of information about what is available locally, and can also help connect you to other support services.
Do not be afraid to ask questions and talk about your wants and needs. There are many different ways you can use your funding. Chances are our client support coordinators will have many different ideas themselves.
The rollout of the NBN phone and internet network involves new technologies which some existing medical alarm devices may not be compatible with. According to the NBN website www.nbn.com.au it is vital that you talk to your device provider for advice, and to find out if your device or service will work on the NBN access network, or what alternatives may be available. Questions the website suggests to ask your device provider include:
• Will my medical alarm work properly when connected to the NBN access network?
• If so, what specific phone or internet service will work best with my medical alarm?
• Will my medical alarm be able to dial out during a power outage when connected to the NBN access network?
• If not, what alternatives are available?
• What alternatives are there to using a landline connection?
• What solutions would you (the provider) suggest?
• Are there any costs involved?
The types of devices that could be affected are:
• Family and friend autodiallers/emergency call buttons: These are used by people who need to be able to call family or friends for help in an emergency. They typically have a base unit and a wireless pendant with a help button on it.
• Professionally monitored medical alarms: These help you call a professional service for assistance in an emergency. You wear a pendant with a help button on it and when you press it, the alarm base station activates a loudspeaker to help you talk to an operator at the professional monitoring company.
It also is important to register your alarm device with the NBN’s Medical Alarms Register. This helps NBN identify households where support may be needed to help minimise a break in service before switching to a phone or internet service over the NBN access network. The address of the property where the medical alarm is being used, the type of medical alarm and contact details are needed. Registration is free.
Did you know word of mouth from Jubilee clients to loved ones and friends is one of the main means of informal referral for our services?
At Jubilee we love to provide support to people in need. And thanks to you the number of people hearing about Jubilee is growing. More people are learning about Jubilee’s high quality of care and support, provided by a wonderful group of support workers and office-based staff. Our support workers are permanently employed and experienced. And all of our staff have reference checks, police clearance certificates, and First Aid and CPR certificates. They also undergo annual mandatory training so you can have peace of mind knowing you are receiving the best of care.
Have you told a friend about Jubilee Community Care lately? Why not pass on the good news? We can even help people through the My Aged Care process. Give us a call on 07 3871 3220 today.