The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-08T00:54:17Z Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFBI) Says Technology is Required for Growth and Growth is Required to Serve Ageing Australians 2017-03-08T00:54:17Z royal-freemasons-benevolent-institution-rfbi-says-technology-is-required-for-growth-and-growth-is-required-to-serve-ageing-australians SYDNEY, Australia, 08 March 2017  - Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth today announced that not-for-profit aged care services provider, Royal Freemason’s Benevolent Institution (RFBI), has selected the latest version of its Epicor Senior Living Solution™ (SLS) software to upgrade its financial, client and operations management capabilities. RFBI opened its doors in 1880 before there were any government funded social welfare programmes, and began caring for Australians in need. Over the years, it has diversified and expanded, and today is a leading aged care provider operating 20 retirement villages, 20 residential care villages and offers home care services throughout New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.   “Technology allows us to work better,” said Frank Price, chief executive officer, RFBI. “Our core purpose is to deliver quality care and services that have a positive impact on people’s lives and to do that efficiently we need a strong, flexible IT platform to support us.” “By implementing the latest version of Epicor SLS we want to make use of the latest functionality so that we can continue growing to meet the needs of Australia’s ageing population and provide a critical service to the vulnerable,” said Price. RFBI has been using Epicor SLS for more than ten years and in 2016, conducted a thorough review of the IT systems available in the market, seeking a complete solution from a vendor that could offer a good understanding of the aged care industry and requirements that go along with providing services within the aged care legislative framework. “We considered our options and made the informed decision to stay with Epicor SLS due to its track record in our industry. Epicor has the infrastructure in place to continue to service our industry and provide seamless integration with government agency systems,” said Price. “The government makes changes to legislation on a regular basis and offers limited time for software vendors to make amendments to meet these changes,” Price continued. “Epicor understands this as well as we do, and updates its software without prompting from us.” “Having a technology partner with the experience and capacity to meet these changes as and when they happen is vital,” said Price. RFBI’s chief information officer, Andrew Alpe, is particularly keen to implement the enhanced functionality that the latest version of Epicor SLS offers. He was looking for one solution that could provide RFBI with efficient financial management and residential client management system as well as offering mobile functionality to give staff access to client information whenever and wherever they need it. “One of the things I think gets overlooked when organisations consider new technology solutions is the flexibility of the new system to allow you to set up your own rules around workflows,” said Alpe. “To be successful we need a business solution that allows us to optimise what we do—provide care and services to older Australians. The flexibility of Epicor SLS will make a real difference to our business. I am particularly excited about the customer relationship management (CRM), the dashboards and the business activity querying aspects. As we transition to a model where staff move across our range of services, mobility will be increasingly important.” “Epicor SLS manages over 50,000 residents in aged care services across Australia, and continues to help invest in and support Australian operators of residential aged care, independent living, home and community care organisations,” said Vince Randall, regional vice president for Australia and New Zealand, Epicor Software. “Providing aged care comes with a range of challenges. These include funding restrictions and ongoing changes to government legislation. Providers also need to effectively manage a large contingent of staff and clients in the midst of general business management pressures. A combination of residential management and enterprise resource planning (ERP) such as Epicor SLS can take a huge weight off the shoulders of aged care providers who really want to focus on taking care of people.”  MAJOR GOVERNMENT CHANGES TO HOME CARE 2017-02-13T22:45:29Z major-government-changes-to-home-care Senior’s Week is just around the corner, running from March 3 – 12 this year. Before the festivities kick off, however, you might be thinking about the major changes about to hit our National Home Care system. On February 27, the Australian Government is changing the way home care services are delivered to older Australians. You might be a person directly affected, or you might have a loved one who will need to learn about the updates and what they mean for them.   Ours is an ageing population, therefore these changes are being put in place to establish a sustainable and high quality aged care system that is more consumer driven, market based and less regulated.   In the current system, home care places are allocated to Approved Providers of home care through the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), a resource-intensive and highly competitive process with many unsuccessful applicants each year. Come February 27, funding for a home care package will follow the consumer, allowing them to direct funding to the provider of their choice. These changes are very exciting for the consumer.   Currently, home care packages are not “portable” as the places are allocated to an approved provider and unspent funds are retained by that provider if the consumer leaves their care. From Feb 27 however, home care packages will be portable for consumers, allowing them to change providers if they wish, a new found freedom for those who receive care. If they choose to change providers, any unspent funds (less exit amount) within their package will follow them to the new home care provider.   Kim Ryall-Manley, Home Care Manager of UPA North Coast, an established home care, aged care and youth care non-profit company – said “Our vision is, and has been very clear since we were established in 1938. We hope that everyone is able to live with dignity and independence and should be able to select appropriate and affordable support and care as and when they need it. Quality of life, and supporting people to live the way they want is our goal.”   With the new home care changes, it seems this vision is becoming a reality.   “Our vision really does tie in with the new changes, and we’re happy that consumers will soon be able to choose home care services that suit their individual needs,” Said Ms Ryall-Manley.   “The choice affects not only the person using the service, but their families, and we believe the new freedom of choice will give peace of mind to the loved ones who trust us to provide the best care possible.”   What else is changing?   A consistent national system for prioritising access to home care will be established through a national prioritisation system managed by My Aged Care. Post Feb 27, this national queue will be in place. The way consumers are then prioritised will take account of their relative needs and circumstances and the time they have been waiting for care.   The process for becoming an approved provider will undergo some changes too. Approved providers of residential care and flexible care will be able to ‘opt-in’ to providing home care rather than going through a full application process.   Once approved provider status has been granted it will no longer lapse, whether the approval is for home care, residential care or flexible care – however, approved providers must continue to meet relevant quality and accreditation standards.   Ms Ryall-Manley of UPA commented, “When looking for a home care service provider, people should take provider experience into account given these new changes. For example, we are an award-winning provider with a proven track record in meeting the quality standards and accreditation., and so we’re preparing and looking forward to helping a lot of new faces with their care packages when the changes come in.”   Amidst all the changes, there are a few things that will remain the same. Existing home care consumers will continue to receive services at their current package level, there will be no changes to current fee and income testing arrangements, claims and payments will still be made through the Department of Human Services Aged Care Payment System.   Home care subsidy and supplements will continue to be paid to approved providers, not directly to consumers. Packages will continue to be delivered on a consumer directed care basis, and the total number of home care packages across the country will still be capped.   What you need to do next…   If you are currently receiving a home care package, you do not need to do anything. You will continue to receive care and services at your existing package level. More information about the changes and what they mean for you will be provided closer to 27 February.   If you have been assessed as eligible to receive a home care package, the path you follow will depend on whether you have found a provider who can offer you a suitable package and are able to enter into a Home Care Agreement by 27 February. If you find a suitable provider before 27 February, you can enter into a home care agreement with them. If you have not entered into a home care agreement before 27 February, you will be contacted by My Aged Care when a package at a suitable level becomes available. You will receive more information about the changes and what they mean for you closer to the date. If you are not sure of your eligibility, or would like more information on the changes and how to choose your provider, the next step for you or your loved one is to go to the My Aged Care portal. To do this, you should visit http://www.myagedcare.gov.au/ or call 1800 200 422.   “You need to choose wisely and know your options,” said Ryall-Manley. “Our advice at UPA would be to find out about the core values held in the company. It’s such an important choice for you or your loved one, and your care and wellbeing should be the priorities.”   If you would like to contact the experienced team at UPA North Coast with any questions, you can phone them on 02 6628 5559, or visit their website at www.upa.org.au.   ENDS   ABOUT UPA   The United Protestant Association of NSW Limited (UPA) is a Christian care organisation, established with the commitment to care for disadvantaged children and the provision of care and accommodation for the elderly.  The Association's work commenced at Grafton in 1938 by the late Thomas Agst, BEM, JP, when he took several small children into care.  From this small beginning, the Association was to gain impetus which has since seen expanded services to both young and old with over 45 centres throughout New South Wales.  From its inception, UPA has touched the lives of thousands of people by providing care of the highest quality in the context of Christian love and compassion.  UPA is a non-profit Company limited by guarantee.   Today, our Association is made up of 12 Districts which have a healthy degree of autonomy, yet are bound together under the one mission and company structure. A foundational principle used since the very beginning of our work was that the money raised in the town would stay in the town. Local governance, management and administration are a core strength of UPA’s work. Working co-operatively UPA has built a strong growing association of like-minded people providing a network of the highest standard of care services throughout New South Wales.   We welcome people from all religious and cultural backgrounds. We convey compassion, kindness, respect and honesty in our work. Our staff and volunteers encourage and empower those we care for to choose their own path. Mindful of how we ourselves would like to be treated, we aim to provide a caring atmosphere of Christian love and understanding. When we have failed to live up to our Mission, Values or Philosophy of Care we will seek to make amends.   UPA North Coast   UPA North Coast services areas from Port Macquarie in the South, to the Queensland Border North, and across the Gold Coast. Feros Care’s “Experience Centre” to transform delivery of health and Aged Care 2017-01-30T02:13:29Z feros-care-s-experience-centre-to-transform-delivery-of-health-and-aged-care TODAY: The Federal Minister for Aged Care, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM, MP officially opened Feros Care’s Experience Centre, a state-of-the-art technology hub that is transforming the way health and aged care is delivered. The Experience Centre is devoted to the research, design and implementation of digital technologies that deliver smart and emerging technologies for seniors and people with disability. This centre is based at Tweed Heads, but provides a national presence through state based service partners, national distribution network and online services Minister Wyatt said that the Australian Government welcomes Feros Care’s investment and promotion of innovation and technology in aged care. “Access to quality, accurate and timely information is vital to support consumers, and their families, to make informed choices about their care,” Minister Wyatt said. “It’s important for the aged care sector to harness technology to support Australians everywhere to make their own choices, to be able to seek support as they wish, when it suits them and in ways that work for them.” Ms Jennene Buckley, Feros Care’s CEO said that the technology revolution is at our door step, therefore it is critical for health and aged care organisations to build a significant capability in delivering digital service models to remain relevant to our current and future consumers of our services. “It is such an honour to have Minister Wyatt here today, to support Feros Care’s initiative and to see first-hand how many of these technologies are and will change and empower the lives of our clients. “I applaud the Government’s ongoing commitment to innovation and transformation of aged care. Feros Care’s initial focus has been on aged care, however our commitment in the next five years is to focus on virtual health and wellbeing for people of all ages. This includes people with chronic disease, people with disability and virtual care (hospital in the home),” she said. The Experience Centre includes a: Research laboratory where new technologies are rigorously tested and piloted by consumers to ensure products are the best in market and most accessible and usable for clients. Plug and Play Centre where clients and health professionals can look, touch, feel and experience exactly how the equipment works. Knowledge centre that includes face to face and online workshops that can be access by health and aged care staff and services to build their knowledge, capability and interest in the use of smart and emerging technologies. Virtual care team with our clinical staff remotely monitoring and supporting high risk clients with chronic conditions National warehouse and distribution centre for our Lifelink Smart Technology Service. For the past 10 years, Ms Buckley has provided a leadership role in Feros Care’s investment in the use smart technologies to improve the lives of clients and their carers, from increasing confidence, improving health literacy and health management, to keeping them safe and socially connected. In late 2016, the Aged Care IT Council recognised this contribution by inducting Ms Buckley into the Aged Care IT Hall of fame for the role she and Feros Care have played in introducing and promoting technology transformation in the industry. Ms Buckley said “Gone are the days when technology and aged care were at opposite ends of the spectrum. Today, we can provide so many more options of care by including technology and digital solutions into both residential and home care. “We as an organisation want to lead the positive revolution in living and ageing well. Our mission is to enable bold lives, which is about thinking differently about what is possible. We believe that technology will play a significant role in the types of new products and services Feros Care will deliver each year. Our new product suites for community care include our virtual senior centre, wearable technologies, senior friendly tablets and training, wearable technologies, 12 week remote chronic disease rehabilitation with wearable technologies. The list will be grow constantly with our new Experience Centre”, she said. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Background information: Adapting technologies to meet the needs of seniors Feros Care is adapting technologies that were originally designed for athletes, office workers, and millennials to feel safe at night in New York, so older people and people with disability can live independently and safely in their own homes. Feros Care has been successful in expanding the capability of existing products beyond their original niche market, so they can meet the needs of seniors. Re-purposing smart technologies provides a world of possibilities for seniors and people with disability, by helping them feel more confident. Just some of Feros Care’s adapted technologies that are available or being tested include: Lumo lift, which was originally designed for people sitting and working at computers. It is a small, lightweight wearable to improve your posture and a healthy back. Lifelink has since repurposed this to help prevent falls. Once a person has experienced a fall, they have less confidence and tend to look at the ground and watch where their feet are going. Wearing a Lumo Lift reminds you to stand tall and look ahead. If you slouch – or in the case of an older person – look at your feet, Lumo will vibrate, making you aware of your posture. Care@Home - originally developed on a home security system – is now providing seamless health monitoring so people to live independently at home. Sensors and intelligent algorithms learn your daily habits and behaviours and sends an alert to loved ones if your daily routine changes. Care@Home is also playing a key role in reducing carer fatigue because your family and friends know that should anything happen, they’re only a text message away. The stylish Wisewear is a distress bracelet complete with GPS and text messaging, and is concealed in 18 carat gold jewellery. Wisewear was originally developed as a distress bracelet for millennials going out at night in New York. Lifelink has since repurposed this product to seniors as a discreet and attractive falls protection that sends an emergency alert in the case of a fall or health scare. END…. Media alert: Feros Care’s Experience Centre launch 2017-01-27T01:16:22Z media-alert-feros-care-s-experience-centre-launch The Federal Minister for Aged Care, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM, MP will officially open Feros Care’s Experience Centre on Monday 30 January 2017, at 10am. The Experience Centre is devoted to the research, design and implementation of digital technologies that will transform the way health and aged care is delivered. Date: Monday 30 January 2017 Time: 10.00am (NSW time) Where: Unit 22–23/25 Ourimbah Road, Tweed Heads (Complementary parking is available at Alpha Parking, 19 Ourimbah Road, Tweed Heads, and is a short walk to the Experience Centre) Google map link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/25+Ourimbah+Rd,+Tweed+Heads+NSW+2485,+Australia/@-28.1767509,153.5253884,475m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x6b90fe29eea0eab3:0xe8554949648dc960!8m2!3d-28.1763159!4d153.5264398?hl=en-AU Media Contact For more information or interviews please telephone Feros Care Media and Marketing Director Lisa Murray on 07 5669 0555 or 0422 442 092. Make 2017 your year to get a little bit of help at home 2017-01-05T01:22:00Z make-2017-your-year-to-get-a-little-bit-of-help-at-home A little bit of help goes a long way in helping seniors to stay healthy, active and connected to their community, and living independently in their own home. This care and support is provided by Australia's many aged care workers (approximately 400,000[1]), and while they may not be family or friends, they are good, kind people who are very handy to have around. Home Care comes in all shapes and sizes and assists seniors to do more, achieve more and enjoy more in life. The kind of help available is: Housework Gardening and maintenance Personal care Installing ramps and other aids to make your home safer Transport to and from your medical and other appointments Meal preparation Respite care Physiotherapy, podiatry or other allied health services Seniors fitness programs Social activities and transport to get you out and about and connecting with friends Nursing care such as medication management Depending on your circumstances, you may only need assistance for a short time, especially when you’re recovering from an injury or illness. To access the Government funded Home Care Program, you’ll need to be assessed through My Aged Care. To find out more about Home Care or to get you started, contact Feros Care on 1300 763 583. Our team will be able to discuss what services are available in your area, and can help you get set up through My Aged Care. 1] http://www.lasa.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/LASA-response-to-future-aged-care-sector-workforce-research.pdf Group Homes Australia and Heathley celebrate business growth by donating to Orange Sky Laundry 2017-01-05T01:01:16Z group-homes-australia-and-heathley-celebrate-business-growth-by-donating-to-orange-sky-laundry Sydney, Australia, 5th January 2017, Group Homes Australia, who offers a unique model of dementia care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment, celebrates a successful 2016 by giving back to the community. Group Homes Australia and Heathley have donated to the innovative charity, Orange Sky Laundry. Group Homes Australia and Heathley recently entered into a property partnership. The partnership, which is designed to drive future growth, has Heathley agreeing to fund the purchase and development of Group Homes Australia (GHA) residences through its existing Heathley Aged Care Property Fund No.1 (Fund). GHA and Heathley have chosen to support Orange Sky Laundry because they are keen to support a charity that works with the homeless. The teams at GHA and Heathley love the Orange Sky Laundry concept. Jonathan Gavshon, General Manager at GHA says: “At GHA we are able to offer people living with dementia a beautiful home environment, with round the clock, best in class care. As the business grows and more people are able to benefit from living in a Group Home Australia environment, we wanted to acknowledge people living without a home. We are enormously impressed by the innovation, vision and revolutionary care that Orange Sky Laundry offers and are delighted to be able to demonstrate our support with a monetary donation to ensure they can continue the amazing work that they are doing.” Lucas Patchett, Co-founder of Orange Sky Laundry says: “Orange Sky Laundry believes in treating others how they want to be treated and providing a platform for positive and non-judgmental conversations. Donations such as this allow us to continue operating our 12 vans around Australia, run by more than 700 amazing volunteers who facilitate over 7.2 tonnes of free laundry and 1,200 hours of conversations.” Group Homes Australia and Heathley are passionate about the community and giving back to those who require support. In 2017, Group Homes Australia will run a series of local community events to allow locals to see the homes and engage with the residents and staff at Group Homes Australia. -ENDS- About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 About Heathley Limited: Since incorporation in 1977, Heathley has had a proud history of finding, structuring and managing property investment portfolios for wealthy individuals, families, and institutions. The principal operations of Heathley is property funds management - having successfully established 40 property funds throughout its 40-year history. The Board and Management of Heathley Limited have a diverse mix of experience and skills and currently manage nine property funds with total funds under management of approximately $550 million. Website: www.heathley.com.au Group Homes Australia is so confident in their unique model of care that they are offering a free trial to live in one of their homes. 2016-12-28T02:14:42Z group-homes-australia-is-so-confident-in-their-unique-model-of-care-that-they-are-offering-a-free-trial-to-live-in-one-of-their-homes Sydney, Australia, 28th of December 2016, Group Homes Australia offers respite, dementia and high care in a sophisticated and luxurious environment, supported by a team of fully qualified homemakers who are there 24/7. Each home is designed to accommodate the needs of people living with dementia but looks, feels and smells like a home. Each group home houses 6 to 10 residents in beautifully appointed, private bedrooms. There are numerous living and dining areas for residents and their visiting families to enjoy. Each home boasts gorgeous garden and outdoor leisure settings. The homemakers focus on residents’ abilities and interests. The residents are encouraged to participate in weekly outings and the activities that they enjoy such as baking, gardening and laundry. Alzheimer’s Australia ranked GHA significantly above 80 aged care competitors. Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder, Group Homes Australia, states: "We are so confident in our unique model of care that we would like to invite you to trial living in one of our group homes completely free of charge*. Please get in touch mentioning this offer. Places are extremely limited. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our homes so that you can experience the GHA difference for yourself." For more info about the free trial go to: http://grouphomes.com.au/freetrial/ To learn more and to arrange a visit contact call 1300 015 406. *** About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 5 Christmas Tips for those with older parents or parents who have dementia 2016-12-22T06:37:08Z 5-christmas-tips-for-those-with-older-parents-or-parents-who-have-dementia Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia has some great advice for making the most of this festive season. 1.Don't try and replicate Christmas of the past - be prepared to approach it differently. Bring food in, or offer to do the cooking. Instead of eating in, head to the beach and use the public BBQ. 2.Try and focus on creating new memories and living in the moment, rather than focussing on how things “used to be”. Celebrate what your parents can do, rather than what they can no longer do. 3. Do not waste time and energy worrying about whether Mum or Dad will be around for next Christmas, but instead enjoy the fact that they are around for this Christmas. Be sure to tell them how much you love them and how happy you are to be spending this Christmas with them. 4. Christmas is a popular time for reminiscing. Looking at old photo albums or mementos is a very powerful tool to help remind that person of who they are, what they were capable of, and what makes them unique, rather than just being a person who is living with a diagnosis of dementia. 5. Not everyone who is living with dementia has family around to help care for them. Suicide rates peak at this time of year as it can be an incredibly lonely and isolating experience if you are not surrounded by friends and family. If you know someone who is living with dementia who will be alone this Christmas, please reach out to them and include them in your celebrations. Tips for driving, flying and camping holidays with kids! 2016-12-21T01:25:47Z tips-for-driving-flying-and-camping-holidays-with-kids Paediatric Sleep Consultant, Cheryl Fingleson offers tips on driving with little or bigger kids. 1. Leave at night or very early in the morning It’s a good idea is to leave at night when children have all been fed and it is bedtime so they can have a good long sleep, as the motion of the car will also help them sleep. If you prefer to drive when it is lighter then leaving in the early, give bub a feed and get the older children in the car so you can get a good start while they are tired and still need to sleep. 2. Pack Refreshments Drinks and snack foods are a must for the car age appropriate. 3. Stop for breaks If you have tired, grumpy or bored children in the car it is no fun. Remember children are hard wired for movement. Stop for breaks so the babies can crawl, walk and the older kids can run around for a while, then back into the car. Put the nursery rhymes on, sing along. 4. Pack the technology Ipads, mobiles and movies can be one of the most valuable things you pack and more importantly may keep you sane.. This may be the key to eliminating whinging and fighting children. 5. Routine. Routine. Routine. While travelling try keep to your babies and toddlers usual routine. 6. Clean as you drive Keep a roll of paper towels and a box of wipes in the front seat for easy cleanups. Keep a rubbish bag handy too. There are five things I tell people when they ask about taking kids camping or hiking or paddling: They get cold faster. They get hot faster. They get hungry faster. They get bored faster. They get tired quickly. Cheryl Fingleson, The Sleep Coach, says: "Babies and kids need to eat regularly and sleep on their schedule. I recommend you make sure kids nap and sleep at their usual time. Babies can nap in a front carrier, pram or backpack. Having their schedule and routine the same makes them feel secure. Take their own toys, games, books and anything you child loves to play with from home. Making them have their own belongings helps them adjust to the different surrounding. Consistency and routine will be the magic that make a great relaxing holiday." If you are travelling by plane, then pack these life saving products that were invented by Mums: Cozigo (formerlly Fly Babee) can be used as a sleep, sun and travel cover. It is air permeable, UPF 50+ and 100% breathable. It also blocks out 97% of the light allowing bubs and toddlers to sleep whilst travelling anywhere, anytime... www.cozigo.com Fly Tot Once your baby is too big for the air line bassinet, make sure that he or she is comfortable so they he or she can sleep in their seat. Fly Tot is an inflatable cushion for older babies, toddlers and kids to stretch out, relax and sleep. www.flytot.com.au Please contact candice@candicepr.com for more info. Wishing you all a beautiful, relaxing Festive Season! Group Homes Australia embraces technological innovation by partnering with My Emergency Dr 2016-12-19T01:22:01Z group-homes-australia-embraces-technological-innovation-by-partnering-with-my-emergency-dr Sydney, Australia, 19th December 2016, Group Homes Australia, pioneer of dementia, palliative and respite care in a group home environment in Australia, subscribes to My Emergency Dr to offer their residents innovative, specialist care around the clock. My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one, at the touch of a button. Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia states: “Our residents are at the heart of everything we do. By utilising My Emergency Dr, trips to hospital will be reduced, which in turn will minimise the agitation and stress for residents, and their families.” She adds: “By partnering with My Emergency Dr, we can offer residents a rapid assessment which will avoid both hospital trips and readmissions. The team at My Emergency Dr consists of Emergency Specialist Doctors who remotely assess patients, make a diagnosis, and provide expert medical advice. In many cases they can arrange the treatment required without the need for distressing trips to hospital. Justin Bowra, CEO and Founder of ConnectedMed and an experienced senior emergency specialist physician states: "We are thrilled to partner with Group Homes Australia. My Emergency Doctor allows residents and their families to avoid the sometimes traumatic, disorientating experience of going to hospital. Residents can be seen immediately by an emergency specialist doctor. Group Homes Australia will have 24-hour-a-day immediate video access to a team of Emergency Specialists who can remotely assess, diagnose and arrange treatment." This is just another way that Group Homes Australia is embracing technology by subscribing to this innovative tele-emergency medical service. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com -ENDS- About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 About My Emergency Dr: My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one, at the touch of a button. Our vision is to give every Australian urgent video access via your smartphone to an Emergency Specialist, wherever they live and whenever they call. Sick? Our team of Emergency Specialist Doctors can remotely assess you, make a diagnosis, provide expert medical advice and in many cases arrange the treatment you need. Simply download the app and connect to an Emergency Specialist who will be able to assist you wherever you are. All of our doctors are qualified specialists in Emergency Medicine. http://www.myemergencydr.com/ Available at the App Store or at Android’s Google Play. My Emergency Dr App launches just in time for Christmas 2016-12-18T06:25:23Z my-emergency-dr-app-launches-just-in-time-for-christmas Sydney, Australia, 18th December 2016, The future of healthcare has launched in the form of an app that puts you directly in touch with an emergency specialist doctor. Save time by avoiding the hospital trip and long wait. My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one. If you or a family member are sick, the team of Emergency Specialist Doctors at My Emergency Dr can remotely assess you, make a diagnosis, provide expert medical advice and in many cases arrange the treatment you need. Justin Bowra, CEO and Founder of ConnectedMed and an experienced senior emergency specialist physician states: “Our vision at My Emergency Dr is to give every Australian urgent video access via your smartphone to an Emergency Specialist, wherever they live and whenever they call. All of our doctors are qualified specialists in Emergency Medicine. Simply download the app and connect to an Emergency Specialist who will be able to assist you wherever you are.” Dr. Bowra adds: “Registered clients have 24 hour-a-day immediate phone and video access to a team of Emergency Specialists who can remotely assess, diagnose and arrange treatment. My Emergency Dr will email you a copy of the consultation record to take to your GP. If medications need to be organised, we can email you an electronic prescription. Similarly, we can also email you referrals for x-rays or blood tests.” Just download My Emergency Dr from the App Store or Google Play, open it and follow the instructions. A free trial of the service is available until 25th December 2016. Media Enquiries: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com -ENDS- About My Emergency Dr: My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one, at the touch of a button. We can be there at times when your GP can’t be, as our service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please note that this is not a replacement for the emergency 000 service. If you suffer a time-critical emergency such as chest pain or difficulty breathing, call 000 without delay. The key steps are: Download our app My Emergency Dr from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Open the app & register your name & mobile number. When an urgent health problem, illness or injury affects you, open the app and connect via built-in video to the emergency specialist doctor. The doctor will assess you and make a diagnosis, then arrange what is needed, e.g. prescription for medication, referral for an x-ray, or even urgent admission to hospital. The doctor will also email you a summary of the consultation for your GP. http://www.myemergencydr.com/ Email: admin@myemergencydr.com.au 92 year announced ‘Gets Bold Not Old’ winner by taking to a zipline 2016-12-13T22:06:04Z 92-year-announced-gets-bold-not-old-winner-by-taking-to-a-zipline 92 year old Audrey Kuchel, of Ballarat has officially been named the Feros Care Get Bold Not Old winner for 2016. Audrey won the Get Bold Not Old competition by being the oldest woman to complete the thrilling Giant Zipline in Fiji, happily dangling 30 metres off the ground with a steep ascent. She did this adventure when she was 90 – two years ago - and would happy take it on again today. This zipline is also known as the death slide, and is proof that this granny is still an adrenalin junkie at heart. After completing the course, Audrey asked if she could do it again! Get Bold Not is part of an ongoing campaign by Feros Care to show that age is just a number, and that our older community members are larger than life. Jennene Buckley, CEO of Feros Care said that while GetBoldNotOld has a fun side, its real objective is to squash the negative sterotypes of older people and aged care and remind people that age is just a number. Life is to be lived to the fullest regardless of your age. “There are real issues faced by seniors, from feeling invisible in their community, health and mobility issues, social isolation, financial hardship and elder abuse. In fact, a recent study by Brigham Young University shows that there is an increased risk of death for people who are lonely and socially isolated.[1] “I congratulate Audrey on being the perfect role model for other seniors and proving that you don’t suddenly become invisible when you reach 70, or 80 or 90. Society often forgets that today’s 92 year old nana such as Audrey was yesterday’s rebel. Audrey is proof that our seniors have many wonderful stories to share, experiences and probably even some secrets. “Thanks to the hundreds of other people who shared their spectacular photos and refuse to act you age! You are proof that age is just a number,” she said. Audrey’s immensely proud daughter Lynn entered her Mum in the competition, and said she has always been adventurous and outgoing. Audrey is not your typical granny - defying the stereotype of what getting older looks like. In fact, as a 66 year old widow, she travelled solo throughout the world – feat that even the bravest person would baulk at. But it’s not just her boldness and bravery that this award recognises. She is kind, caring and community minded - knitting singlets for disadvantaged babies in Africa and actively involved in planning regular family reunions. In her down time, Audrey tends to her garden, and loves to read – she is always on a quest to find a book she hasn't read. The $2000 prize money has already been earmarked for Audrey’s next adventure, a cruise around Tasmania in January, sharing among 13 great grandchildren, and donating some to cancer research. To view all entrants visit https://www.dropbox.com/sh/r6avrkpj122pzuk/AAD-Pc2abqSRwrxxOZxaLY9Da?dl=0 [1] http://time.com/3747784/loneliness-mortality/ 7 Coping Tips for Christmas with ageing parents or parents with dementia 2016-11-22T01:03:55Z 7-coping-tips-for-christmas-with-ageing-parents-or-parents-with-dementia You realise your parents are not getting any younger and are starting to show symptoms of dementia. You haven’t seen your parents for over 6 months. You’ve been busy – you live in another state. Work is crazy, the kids have been having problems at school, you’ve been trying to sell the house… Something’s not quite right. The tree is askew and the decorations are misplaced. Mum’s cooking doesn’t taste quite the same – she forgot the sugar in the Christmas cake and didn’t peel the potatoes. Dad can’t seem to recall whether he has actually made a home-brew this year, and his Christmas T-shirt is on back to front. The thoughtful gifts are, well, just not that thoughtful. A couple of the grandchildren don’t seem to have any gifts at all. Or perhaps you currently care for a parent living with dementia and are dreading the festive season as a time when you will be confronted by memories of previous Christmases, before the devastating diagnosis of dementia hit your family. Tamar Krebs, CEO and founder of Group Homes Australia has some great advice for making the most of this festive season. If you know that replicating the Christmas of the last 30 years is going to be a huge strain on your parents, shake it up a bit. Bring food in, or offer to do the cooking. Instead of eating in, head to the beach and use the public BBQ. Use the tree decoration as a task for the children in the family. Offer to get cleaners in before everyone descends to alleviate the pressure of preparing the family home for guests. Try and focus on creating new memories and living in the moment, rather than focussing on how things “used to be”. Celebrate what your parents can do, rather than what they can no longer do. Do not waste time and energy worrying about whether Mum or Dad will be around for next Christmas, but instead enjoy the fact that they are around for this Christmas. Be sure to tell them how much you love them and how happy you are to be spending this Christmas with them. Christmas is also a popular time for reminiscing. If you are spending Christmas with someone living with dementia, looking at old photo albums or mementoes is a very powerful tool to help remind that person of who they are, what they were capable of, and what makes them unique, rather than just being a person who is living with a diagnosis of dementia. Not everyone who is living with dementia has family around to help care for them. Suicide rates peak at this time of year as it can be an incredibly lonely and isolating experience if you are not surrounded by friends and family. If you know someone who is living with dementia who will be alone this Christmas, please reach out to them and include them in your celebrations. About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care for people living with dementia. Residents live in real, warm and friendly, homes with a maximum of 10 residents per house. Residents are cared for by a team of homemakers and resident nurses. With an average staff to resident ratio of 1 to 3 and a wide variety of glowing testimonials from the likes of Ita Buttrose, Kate Swaffer and numerous resident families, Group Homes Australia offers an unparalleled quality of care, which leaves you free to relax and enjoy the festive season, knowing you couldn’t have chosen a better place for your friend or relative to enjoy the festive season. Respite care is available for only $295 a day, but there is very limited availability. Group Homes Australia can be contacted on 1300 015 406. www.grouphomes.com.au Group Homes Australia and Heathley Announce Property Partnership 2016-11-21T21:18:43Z group-homes-australia-and-heathley-announce-property-partnership Sydney, Australia, 22nd November 2016- Group Homes Australia, the first Australian model to offer dementia and high care in a group-home environment, has entered into a partnership with Heathley. The partnership, designed to drive future growth, has Heathley agreeing to fund the purchase and development of Group Homes Australia (GHA) residences through its existing Heathley Aged Care Property Fund No.1 (Fund). The agreement will offer Fund investors exposure to a dementia and high care property investment, coupled with the attractive fundamentals of the residential property market - whilst offering commercial income yields. The Fund will enter into a long-term lease with Group Homes Australia at each property, with a preliminary commitment to fund $50 million of property acquisitions. Heathley’s Managing Director Andrew Hemming says: “We are excited to partner with GHA. We continue to show interest in property investments which illustrate strong underlying demand drivers. GHA broadens our exposure in the aged care sector to dementia and high-care residents in an innovative and exciting format. Whilst this care model is new in Australia, it has proven to be successful in the US and in parts of Europe. We feel privileged to be able to facilitate an expansion of options for those people living beyond a diagnosis of dementia in the Australian community.” Group Homes Australia is a pioneer in the field of dementia and high care, offering an alternative to the traditional institutional model. Group Homes Australia is currently operating eight homes in Sydney’s North Shore, Northern Beaches and Eastern Suburbs. CEO and founder of Group Homes Australia, Tamar Krebs adds: “We are delighted to be working with Heathley. This partnership will deliver significant benefits to our ability to make this innovative model of care available to more residents nationally. As we consider our national expansion options, there are clear benefits in terms of the deep networks of high net worth individuals and institutional investors that Heathley Limited has built over its 40-year history. Our homes represent an exciting point of difference for Heathley’s investors.” Group Homes Australia will continue to have sole operating responsibility for the homes under the new arrangement. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com -ENDS- About Group Homes Australia Founded in 2012, Group Homes Australia offers an innovative model of care for people living with dementia. It is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional style of living that emphasises residents’ abilities, rather than their disabilities. The homes look and feel like traditional houses in traditional streets and are part of the broader community. They exude a warm, safe and friendly environment for 6-10 residents. Each resident receives personal, tailored care and lives with dignity and a sense of purpose. Website: www.grouphomes.com.au About Heathley Limited Since incorporation in 1977, Heathley has had a proud history of finding, structuring and managing property investment portfolios for wealthy individuals, families, and institutions. The principal operations of Heathley is property funds management - having successfully established 40 property funds throughout its 40-year history. The Board and Management of Heathley Limited have a diverse mix of experience and skills and currently manage nine property funds with total funds under management of approximately $550 million. Website: www.heathley.com.au Boldvember Photo Competition Reveals You’re Never Too Old 2016-11-16T05:22:00Z boldvember-photo-competition-reveals-you-re-never-too-old At 92, Audrey Kuchel, of Ballarat is still an adrenalin junkie. At 90, she was the oldest woman to complete the thrilling Giant Zipline in Fiji. Thirty metres off the ground, with a steep ascent, the zipline - also known as the death slide – would deter the best of us. After completing the course, Audrey asked if she could do it again! Audrey is just one of the many inspirational seniors who have entered the Boldvember Get Bold Not Old photo competition. Audrey’s photo was submitted by her daughter, Lynne Watts. Feros Care launched the Boldvember Get Bold Not Old photo competition to find out what age has to do with happiness and leading a full life, and organisers have been blown away by the fantastic response. Proving age is just a number, the photos entered in the competition reveal seniors living life in spectacular style - ignoring illness and decreasing mobility – showing there is no such thing as “acting your age”. Other entries in the competition include a marathon man, an iron man, a boat-builder and a gym junkie. There’s still time to enter the Boldvember Get Bold Not Old photo competition in time to win some extra cash for Christmas and smash all those negative stereotypes about ageing. BOLDvember invites everyone over 70 to be photographed being Bold Not Old, and post it to http://boldvember.feroscare.com.au/ and be in the draw for the $2000 first prize.