Category Archives for Community Care

Company for seniors at Christmas time

Not every senior person is lucky enough, in this ever-expanding world, to have all their family members living close by. It’s not always easy for their children who live far away – in another town or state, or even in another country – to make it home for Christmas. Many senior Australians emigrated here decades […]

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Remember your ageing loved ones this Christmas

As Christmas approaches it becomes more important than ever to find ways to involve your ageing loved ones into your family celebrations, and help them to enjoy this special time. It’s not easy though – Christmas is a busy time: from work wind-ups, to Christmas card writing, and gift buying; this time of year can […]

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Motor Neurone Disease – what is it, how it happens, how it affects people & Platinum’s role

Platinum’s carers are often called upon to provide support for people who are living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). This support can range from simply preparing meals, to assisting with personal care in the mornings and evenings. Showering and dressing for the day, or the bedtime routine are important duties carried out by Platinum’s carers […]

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Dementia – why it’s so important to diagnose early

Alzheimer’s disease – the leading cause of dementia in older people – can have a devastating impact on both the person with the disease, and their surrounding family and friends. Its symptoms are unsettling at the very least, and can be devastating and destructive as the disease progresses. Too often, dementia (whether it’s Alzheimer’s disease, […]

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Boosting cognitive fitness for a longer life

It’s well documented that we will all live longer, better lives, if only we were to eat our 5&2 a day, drink plenty of water, and take 30 minutes of exercise daily. But is that all we need to do? How do we fill the other 15 and a half waking hours of our day, […]

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The problem with sleep for people with dementia

Dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease is known to be linked with sleep loss – but which is the driving factor? Does sleep loss cause dementia, or is sleep loss triggered by the onset of dementia? Knowing which comes first will provide vital clues about how we can help people to avoid developing the disease, or […]

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Platinum’s carers

Not every client that Platinum cares for is a senior requiring assistance to stay at home. While a large number of Platinum’s clients are indeed elderly people, this is probably a reflection of the increasingly large ageing population. Today, in Australia, there are more than 3.5 million people aged 65 and over. That accounts for […]

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Compassion fatigue: what is it, and how to survive

Compassion fatigue: the eventual by-product of caring for someone. Everyone gets it – if they’re doing their job well. Nurses get it. Doctors get it. Even some new parents get it at that most intense of times when they are suddenly responsible for a new and entirely vulnerable little life. It’s nature’s way of making […]

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