Care Forward is an innovative, leading provider of Home Care Package Coordination and Allied Health services across Tasmania, boasting an impressive year of growth. Our interdisciplinary team specialises in wellness, reablement and restorative care with 19 years of experience in delivering better health outcomes for our clients. This company has grown beyond all expectations and to support continued expansion we are now recruiting.

Just six months after June’s husband died, she found herself in hospital after a fall.

She joined Care Forward as a client soon after, commencing the Home Independence Program (HIP) to improve the strength and range of movement in her limbs and joints.

The HIP is an intensive reablement service, using a team of health professionals (including nurses, exercise physiologists and occupational therapists) to help restore independence for clients and avoid unnecessary admissions to higher-level, more costly services.

“After my fall, I couldn’t move my shoulder or my wrist very well at all,” June said.

What is an exercise physiologist?

Exercise physiologists are University-qualified Allied Health professionals who provide exercise and lifestyle support for people with chronic diseases and injuries to treat and manage these conditions.

Working together with Care Forward’s team of exercise physiologists (EPs), June soon began to see a marked improvement – firstly due to the custom-designed exercise program developed by her EPs, then as an active participant in exercise classes.

“They [Care Forward’s Exercise Physiology classes] were a great help. The exercise physiologists came and visited me and then introduced me to the weekly classes.

“I’ve noticed a big improvement since I started. If I miss a class, I can really feel the difference – they keep me moving.

“I’ve never gone to a gym – I’m starting at a very late age!

“It’s very friendly and I enjoy meeting everyone here.”

Exercise is for everyone, regardless of age or health status.

Care Forward’s Exercise Physiology classes are a fun and inclusive way to improve your health in a safe environment, supported by our team of dedicated and friendly health professionals.

Find out more about Care Forward’s program, classes and Wellness Centre here.

Barbara couldn’t walk up and down the stairs in her house without pain.

She couldn’t garden, one of her favourite pastimes, for more than five minutes.

If she’d have fallen down, she wouldn’t have been able to get back up.

Searching for a solution, she joined Care Forward’s Up & About Program with her husband Ed in January 2017.

Just over a year later, she is living with confidence, can spend time in her garden, dance with her husband and her pain has all but disappeared.

“We hated gyms and I hate exercise, so we came in not expecting anything,” she said.

“The staff here just made such a difference. They’re patient, they know what they’re doing and you can see the improvement.”

After finishing her initial 12-week program and noticing a significant improvement, Barb enrolled in ongoing Up & Running Classes. She is having fun, building confidence and feeling stronger every day.

Knee aches and pains are common as we get older, but they can be effectively managed and remedied with the right exercises and treatments.

Our team of qualified specialists have years of experience in helping people address, manage and improve chronic joint pain.

Up & About is a 12-week group exercise and health education class for people 65 years and over.

The weekly classes in Hobart, Devonport and Launceston are conducted by Care Forward exercise physiologists.

Each participant receives an individually tailored exercise program, health education ranging from understanding diabetes and nutrition through to falls prevention and a final health assessment at the end of the 12 weeks.

Find out more about the Care Forward Wellness Centre and our diverse range of exercise classes.

 

Maggie suffers from Polymyalgia Rheumatica, or PMR, causing widespread aching and soreness in her limbs and joints. The musculoskeletal disorder nearly left her wheelchair-bound, and she was taking a range of different medications to manage her pain levels.

After just three months using the facilities at Care Forward’s Wellness Centre, she started to notice a significant improvement.

Consulting with her doctors, she began to reduce her medication levels as her health improved and her pain levels began to fade.

One year since entering the Centre, her pain is gone, she is living medication-free and her fitness has improved significantly.

People aged 50 years and over are most commonly affected by polymyalgia rheumatica, and it becomes more common as people get older.

“It’s a very safe environment, with like-minded people and great staff who know what they’re doing,” Maggie said.

“With the guidance of the exercise physiologists, we tailored a program to suit my needs.

“The program changes according to your level – I’m now on a program to increase my strength.

“My inflammation markers are all down, my blood pressure is normal and I now have no pain.

“I now do a lot [of exercise] at home as well, which is excellent.”

Many musculoskeletal disorders such as PMR can be significantly improved by exercise physiology classes and activities.

Call us today or visit our website to find out more.

Ed started Care Forward’s Up & About classes in January 2017.

His initial 12-week program was focused on increasing the range of motion in his hip and knee and improving his agonising back and shoulder pain.

“I would go to bed with my fingers dug into my shoulders as hard as I could because the pain was better than if I didn’t,” he said.

“The exercise has fixed that quite quickly.

“What I wasn’t expecting was for the head pain, neck pain and knee pain to also disappear.

“I wasn’t expecting anything like that. I wasn’t looking for that. I was looking for balance, a bit of strength and my shoulders.”

We often hear this from clients – they start a program trying to fix one area and find improvements in other places they just weren’t expecting.

Ed is now able to trim his own toe nails and attend to other personal care with the most ease in over 5 years and is feeling more confident and mobile every day.

Ed’s program finished in March 2017, but he opted to continue his exercise journey, enrolling in ongoing twice-weekly classes and expanding his focus areas to include breathing, aerobic capacity, strength building, mobility and flexibility.

Before coming to Care Forward, Ed would also experience agonising cramps in his calves.

He would garden for 10 minutes on his hands and knees before the pain became too much.

“For two or three days afterwards, I’d suffer,” he said.

“Now, I can do an hour, hour-and-a-half, no problem.

“It [visiting the Wellness Centre] has been the best thing we’ve done. They’ve got wonderful, caring and innovative staff.

“They can adjust things if they’re not quite working. They’re interested…it just makes so much difference.”

We love what we do at Care Forward, and it’s great to see it shows in our work. Come and see us at the Wellness Centre.

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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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