Welcome to the special Christmas edition of the Care Forward Newsletter. It’s a bumper issue, with twice the content of our first two letters. We all know that Christmas is a time of joy, peace and childlike wonder, but it can also be a time of stress, both financially and emotionally. See page 7 for a few simple tricks and ideas to keep the magic of Christmas alive without blowing the budget.
As we approach the holiday season, it has been useful to look back on the past year and reflect on our achievements.

Firstly, we’ve grown – a lot! In the past 18 months we have employed an additional 34 staff in a range of new roles including home independence assistants in the South and North and a dietitian, social worker, and home and garden officer in the North West. You can read about the challenges of setting up our home and garden business on page 4.

We also received an increase in home support funding, so now we can deliver subsidised nursing and flexible respite services.
To find out more about flexible respite and how it can help you and your carer, go to page 3.

Mostly, we are proud that we have continued to make a difference to the lives of so many Tasmanians through our range of independence programs. Your testimonials and stories motivate us every day.

You are the reason we exist, so therefore we wish all of you, your families, friends and carers a safe and joyful Christmas.

Click here to read Christmas edition of the Care Forward Newsletter…

Welcome to the Spring issue of the Care Forward Newsletter. It has been a very busy couple of months. In August, The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency conducted a review of all our home support and home care services. We are very proud to announce we met all the standards and received many compliments on the work we do. Thank you to all the wonderful clients who found time to speak to the auditors. “But what is the difference between Home Care and Home Support?” I hear you ask.

Home Support refers to all services funded under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). They are basic or short term and can include programs such as the Care Forward Home Independence Program, and exercise classes. You only pay for the services you use and can dip in and out of the program as you need. A Regional Assessment Service (RAS) will assess your eligibility for Home Support.

Home Care refers to services funded under the Aged Care Act and includes Home Care Packages, Short Term Restorative Care Packages and Residential Care. With a Home Care Package you have your own funds to use and can decide how to spend it, rather like choosing from a menu. Once you have a package, it stays in place for the long term. You must be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) to receive Home Care.

For more information call My Aged Care: 1800 200 422

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We are very excited to welcome you to the very first Care Forward Newsletter! Thank you to all the Home Care Package Clients who sent in surveys and voted on a title for the newsletter. It was extremely close with “The Golden Grapevine”, “Care Forward Newsletter” and “At Home with Care Forward” receiving exactly the same number of votes! We may have to try a few versions and change the title each issue.

We aim to send you this special newsletter every two months or so and we hope it will be chock full of news about changes in the community care sector, helpful tips and hints to help you maintain your independence and other articles just for fun. We want you to feel that this newsletter is not just about us, but something that you can share.

Perhaps you have a secret stash of poetry you have always wanted to publish, some gardening tips you want to share or a great photo? We want to hear from you.

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Care Forward is pleased to announce significant growth funding available over the next two years to increase the number of home support aged care services to older people that we are able to provide across Southern, Northern and North Western Tasmania, under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

This growth funding will allow Care Forward to respond to the changing aged care needs and growth in Tasmania’s ageing population, particularly in rural Tasmania.

Since 2002 Care Forward has coordinated statewide home support services to enable more Tasmanians to remain well at home, using an innovative care coordination model that employs health professionals and brokerage to increase independence and access to all service types, including those living in rural or remote areas in Tasmania.

This CHSP growth funding round specifically targeted identified priority areas to address existing gaps in home support services across South, North and North West Tasmania, for a number of identified client groups.

Care Forward is now able to provide additional home support services across the State, delivering entry level support across a range of areas including allied health, respite care services, nursing services, domestic assistance and home and garden maintenance. This support will enable older Tasmanians to remain living independently in their homes and communities.

Growth funding allows us to increase outreach services to clients in rural/remote areas, removing existed limits, accepting more referrals for clients needing access to in-demand service types and improved outcomes.

The service types we have received growth funding for are:

Southern Tasmania:

  • Flexible Respite Care

Northern Tasmania:

  • Flexible Respite Care
  • Domestic Assistance
  • Nursing Care

North Western Tasmania:

  • Flexible Respite Care
  • Home and Garden Maintenance

Care Forward also has capacity to take on additional Allied Health Care and Therapy clients within existing funding.

Services can be in-home, group sessions or in-centre consultations, depending on the needs of clients. We provide an individualised model of care that is flexible and tailored to meet the unique needs of Tasmania.

Care Forward recently ran a competition to find a title for our Exercise Physiologist led group exercise class that replaced our previously subsidised Strength-to-Strength class. The class was named “Up & About” and continues to focus on increasing the strength and balance of older Tasmanians who want to be able to be more active and mobile around the home and in the community, less at risk of falls and more able to independently do things for themselves.

The class has been very successful and the number of clients wanting to access “Up & About” continues to grow.

As a result we have reviewed how our exercise classes are structured, to offer more groups led by exercise physiologists.

Many participants in the “Up & About” program, which is time limited, wanted to continue with group maintenance sessions. This coupled with the fact that we are also looking to do more types of classes as well as outreach classes (in distant suburbs or rural communities) means that we need some more titles to differentiate between the group sessions!

We now offer 3 different types of Exercise Physiologist led group exercise classes. The titles for the group sessions across the state are known as:

  • “Up & About” – (an Initial Time Limited Program for new clients)
  • “Up & Running” – (a Maintenance Program for existing clients to maintain your strength and balance)
  • “Out & About” – (an Outreach Program in locations suited to outer suburbs and rural communities)

Please contact Care Forward if you are interested in finding out more or joining one of our group sessions led by an accredited exercise physiologist.

 

Care Forward has been successful in the latest of the Federal Government’s Aged Care Approvals Round, which inaugurated the new Short-Term Restorative Care Programme.

Short-Term Restorative Care is a new form of flexible care under the Aged Care Act, aimed at reversing and/or slowing ‘functional decline’ in older people, with the goal of improving wellbeing. Care Forward was awarded 4 new places in Southern Tasmania from the highly competitive national process. Care Forward were also awarded 3 placements each in Northern and North Western Tasmania, providing them 10 places in total as the only successful bidder for the State out of 17 applicants from Tasmania.

In announcing the grants, Senator Abetz stated “This will enable Care Forward to continue its excellent work in helping elderly people remain as independent as possible when they would otherwise be at risk of going into longer term, more permanent care”.

“The advantages of the elderly remaining as independent as possible in the community are of enormous benefit to their overall wellbeing, including the ability to maintain activities of daily living, and retain much of their autonomy”, said Senator Abetz.

The success and growth of Care Forward is a testament to their 75 dedicated and professional staff. They have grown to now supporting over 2500 clients across the State, who are their biggest supporters. This is best summed up by the many client testimonials they receive, including “The ongoing benefit to both my physical and mental health can only be attributed to their expertise and dedication”.

December 2016 Update

Read our latest update online here:

December 2016 Update – Care Forward, Care Consultancy & Care Assess

My warm and best wishes to you and all your family and friends for this Christmas and New Year period.

And I hope you really enjoy this newsletter update as you reflect on the great outcomes of 2016 that we have achieved together.

Joe Towns (Managing Director)

 

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Appointment of Wendy Edwards as CEO!

Wendy Edwards

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December 2016 Update – Care Forward, Care Consultancy & Care Assess

 

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Forty per cent of Australians over 65 years are either malnourished or at high risk of malnutrition; leading to serious complications like increased risk of osteoporosis, an impaired immune system and poor wound healing.

And the peak body for dietitians say this is the season to be jolly and at the same time tackle the hidden health issue of malnutrition among older Australians.

They are urging people to enjoy a meal with their older relatives this festive season to ward off malnutrition at the same time as providing meaningful connection.

Apparently social isolation and loneliness are one of the biggest causes of under-nutrition in our older generation; when older people are living alone, their diet suffers as elderly people often lack the ability or motivation to prepare and cook balanced and nutritious meals.

But good news: improving social ties can help address this and bring better health!

Click here to read more about aged care help at home on this topic for home care and support clients in Tasmania.

A World War II veteran saved himself from ‘dying of boredom’ at home by securing a cafe job in the UK.

Describing the job as a salvation from ‘solitary confinement’, the pensioner first placed an advertisement in a newspaper seeking work to stop him becoming ‘bored stiff’ at home.

He made headlines in the UK when his notice in the local paper read: “Senior citizen, 89, seeks employment… 20hrs+ per week. Still able to clean, light gardening, DIY and anything. Save me from dying of boredom!”

Click here to read more about aged care help at home on this topic for home care and support clients.

Older Tasmanians would not be unusual in being lonely, missing conversation and a chance for a hug.

New research has shown that lonely older people most miss having somebody to sit with, while almost half miss enjoying a cuddle.

The poll of more than 1,000 over-65s who said they were lonely showed it was the simple things that people missed the most, like a face to face chin wag and a good old bit of human affection.

Click here to read more about aged care help at home on this topic for home care and support clients.