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When changing careers brings its own rewards

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June29
There are many reasons why people switch careers late in life: travel, new challenges, the desire to start something new. For Minh Pham, it was a chance encounter with a stranger in Brisbane’s Market Place six years ago that inspired a change. Minh, who was working in logistics and construction at the time, met an elderly gentleman who had no family, spoke very little English and struggled with mental health issues. “His landlord was charging him $150 to live outside under his house,” says Minh. “It showed me how people could be taken advantage of because of their age, situation…

12 things to look for when choosing a group home

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June20
Disability Group homes have been in Australian communities for many years, providing housing for people with disability. They are designed to be places where residents can receive the support they need, while staying connected and enjoying the benefits of shared living. In the past, disability homes have resembled institutions and had lack of choice for residents, but thankfully, things are different today. Providers now focus on delivering empowering support that promotes dignity, self-esteem, choice and independent living. Not all group homes are the same, so it’s worth doing some research so you can choose a home that not only meets…

A helping hand for James and his family

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June02
Thirteen-year-old James is a ray of sunshine to everyone who meets meet him.  Affectionate, cheeky and strong-willed, he embraces everything life has to offer – even though he is living with a disability and requires help with everyday tasks. James’ parents have always been the sole providers of their son’s special needs, but it’s a balancing act that can be stressful, especially alongside paid work, raising James’ younger brothers and the general busyness of life. Although James’ mum, Michelle, said she and her husband were initially apprehensive about hiring someone outside of the family to provide care, they decided they…

You’ll always have a safe place to stay

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May16
We all know life doesn’t always go according to plan. There can be unexpected bumps in the road: you need to move out of home for a little while; your carer suddenly falls ill; you have a medical procedure with a long recovery time, or you just need a quick break. Whatever happens, you should always somewhere safe to live where you can continue to thrive. Experiencing a different environment away from home is also important, as you can try new things while your carer gets a chance to take a break. This is where Short Term Accommodation (STA) and…

Helping Ali enjoy better quality of life

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April29
Alison and her husband Carl love being part of their local community in Jervis Bay, on the picturesque south coast of New South Wales. Life became challenging, though, when Alison was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease a few years ago. Parkinson’s impacted Alison’s ability to do everyday tasks like cooking, keeping their house tidy, getting out and about and doing the shopping. Carl devoted himself to being her full-time carer, supporting his wife so they could continue living at home together. Although he’s been a wonderful support, the couple needed help. Thankfully in October last year, Alison was approved to receive…

Service with a big smile

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April28
If you have a question about aged care, an NDIS problem that needs solving, or you need to chat to someone from our team, give us a call and you’ll get to speak to the wonderful Melanie Kirwan. As Home Caring’s Customer Service Officer Mel works full-time answering our phones, fielding around 30 to 50 calls a day. At any given moment, she’s helping people in different ways – giving advice on how to apply for a Home Care Package, connecting clients to our team members, explaining how disability care works, helping people understand our services. With her bright personality…

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