Maintaining Good Health In Retirement

Retirement living on the Mornington Peninsula is a wonderful opportunity for you to relax and enjoy the fruits of your life-long labour. For a fun and amazing retirement experience, keeping yourself hale and hearty is the most important factor. The best way to achieve that is by eating well and making sure you maintain a healthy weight.

Make healthy food choices.

Remember life is all about balance, and that also includes ensuring you have a healthy balanced diet. Make sure your food is delicious and nutritious to help you keep up with the changes your body goes through as you age. Pick a slice or two of wholemeal bread instead of a croissant, enjoy roasted chicken instead of fried chicken, and enjoy some fresh berries instead of chips. Eating healthy food will not only provide you with the nutrients you need but also prevent you from gaining unwanted weight.

To help you keep track of what you eat, you may consider devising a weekly meal plan. If you are currently receiving a home care package, your provider may be able to assist in shopping, meal preparation but also in creating a healthy and sustainable meal plan for you along with qualified physicians and nutritionists.

Exercise regularly.

Keep your body in good physical condition in retirement by exercising! Keep your blood flowing and your muscles moving. You don’t have to do anything rigorous; just walking around the block daily can help you a lot. You can also participate in sports that don’t require intense activities, such as lawn bowls, croquet or maybe a leisurely swim in a pool.

Joining clubs can also aid in keeping you active. Participate in fun physical activities around the community or perhaps in a retirement village! It will not only give your body the exercise it needs but will also give you a chance to bond with other people sharing your interests.

Enjoy healthy retirement at Village Glen.

Find the ideal healthy lifestyle at Village Glen Retirement Living. Live the first-class lifestyle that you deserve at Village Glen that has a huge range of facilities to enjoy with friends along with a dining room open for dinners and a café open for lunches and coffee.

Get in touch with us at 1300 VILL GLEN for more information.

 

Maintaining Caregiver Health

Caregiving for someone when they are struggling or chronically ill really shows how much this person cares about their loved one. If you are a caregiver and your loved one requires near-constant care and attention, you might tend to forget to take care of yourself.

However, you have to remember that you’re as important to the equation as the one you’re taking care of. Carers need a break too. So, it is necessary that you also get the support you need as you provide care to your loved one.

How can you look after yourself and maintain your own health when caregiving?

Investigate home care services.

Caring for your loved one can take up a lot of your time. Consider obtaining a home care package to help you out. Not only would your loved one be placed in safe, capable and well-trained hands, but you will be able to find the time to look after yourself and other responsibilities without compromising your loved one’s lifestyle.

Professional home care services provide the benefits of in-home care, ensuring that your loved one will still be in a familiar environment. Additionally, the professional home care provider has a set of skills specifically to help care for your loved one. Village Glen Flexicare Home Support offers home care on the Mornington Peninsula and we can guide you through the process of obtaining a home care package from the Government.

Consider Day Respite Centres

Along with home care services, it is worth investigating whether day respite services may be for you and your loved one. Day respite services are where you can take your loved one to be looked after by a team of aged care experts for the day. Your loved one can socialise with other people, go on outings, do activities and be looked after while you are looking after yourself. Village Glen offers day respite services, so please contact us for more information about this.

Recognise how important you are

Caregiving is an important job, as you make someone’s life as easy and comfortable as you can. But sometimes, it might get too much, especially when personal factors compete with your responsibilities.

To keep the stress at bay, try to take even a few minutes every day to think of the impact you make and how important your care is. Think of the difference you make in a person’s life and how that gratifies your heart.

Look after yourself

Take a break to rejuvenate yourself physically, emotionally and mentally. Recharge your batteries and make sure you are letting yourself do the things you love and make you happy.

Get home care services with Village Glen.

If you’re interested in getting home care services for your loved one or enquiring about day respite services, reach out to us at Village Glen. For enquiries and more information, call us at 1300 VILL GLEN.

 

Maintaining Good Health During Winter

Winter can be a great time for people to relax and recharge after a busy summer period. But as the cold sets in our immune system tends to become weaker. The cold weather can trigger pain in our joints and the cold sometimes settles uncomfortably. However, it doesn’t mean we can’t do anything to improve and maintain our health. There are ways to keep ourselves healthy during winter.

Washing your hands

One very simple way to stay healthy in winter and not pick up any nasty bugs is to continuously wash your hands. If you are around friends or family who are coughing or sneezing or perhaps just playing with the grandkids, make sure you are washing your hands, particularly before you eat. If you are sick, a good tip is to cough or sneeze into your elbow.

Drink plenty of fluids

Staying hydrated is a great way to keep your body at its best. Sometimes in winter people unconsciously don’t drink as much water because when it’s cold you don’t want to be putting cold drinks into your body, but try and swap out cold water for tea or how about some warm water and lemon. A great way to maintain a healthy immune system is to also have a lot of vitamin C, maybe incorporate a glass of fresh OJ over breakfast.

Wholesome hearty foods

Winter is the perfect time for some of our favourite foods such as hearty stews and bowls of soup. There is nothing better than having something warm for lunch and dinner when it is chilly outdoors. These types of foods are a great way to keep up your vegetable intake over winter to keep you strong and full of energy.

Keeping active

Even though your mind might be telling you not to go outside in the cold, it is great to keep active in winter. At Village Glen Retirement Living, our residents can do this by enjoying the indoor heated pool and gym all year round. Or perhaps signing up for an indoor activity class or yoga. Village Glen also has activities such as indoor bowls so even when the cold months roll around, everyone can still play the sports they love. Keeping active is also a great way to stay in touch with friends.

Reading a book

While keeping active indoors through winter is a great option, we also need to recognise when it’s time to relax and take a break. Pick up a great book in winter, maybe even join a local book club! Village Glen has a great library with a huge range of books for residents to enjoy. Reading is a great way to create mental stimulation, reducing stress and allowing people to unwind and relax.

 

Keep a healthy mind and body at Village Glen

Mornington Peninsula is an amazing place to enjoy the winter months. If you’re interested, reach out to Village Glen. We offer you ideal retirement living on the Mornington Peninsula. For enquiries and more information, please reach out to us at 1300 VILL GLEN.

 

 

What are the different home care options and how do you get one?

Home care services on the Mornington Peninsula grant your loved ones the support they need while in the comfort of their home. However, despite the growing popularity of home care, many people are still unsure of the services offered.

Home care services are usually for seniors and people who suffer from chronic illnesses, recovering from injuries or who have disabilities. In Australia, there are two main types of home care funded by the Government.

Home Care Packages

Home Care Packages are the most common type of government-funded home care provided in Australia. Home Care Packages are designed to help maintain a person’s quality of life in their own home for as long as possible. There are four levels of Home Care Packages, providing support for people with basic, low, intermediate and high-level care needs. The package may include personal care and domestic assistance, meal preparation and dietary management, nursing, allied health and therapy services and continence management.

Commonwealth Home Support Programme

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme provides support to people requiring only short-term assistance. The programme allows access to specific services as needed. This may include help with house chores, personal care, food and meal preparation, flexible respite, allied health services, and social support.

How do you get a Home Care Package?

Before availing of a Home Care Package, you must first obtain a My Aged Care assessment by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) to understand what your needs are and what services you require. A trained assessor will talk to you about what your care needs are and whether you are eligible for services. To organise an assessment with My Aged Care you can phone 1800 200 422 or visit the My Aged Care website for more information.

If the results indicate that you are in need of a Home Care Package, you will receive a letter from My Aged Care advising what level package you will receive.

After you receive the outcome of your assessment and your eligibility for the Home Care Package is assured, you can then start looking for a home care provider and work out the costs. Once you are assigned a Home Care Package,  you can then develop a personalised care plan and enter a Home Care Agreement with your provider. The Government subsidy funds for your Home Care Package will be paid to the approved provider, who will manage the funds on your behalf.

Are you or a family member looking for home care services? Contact Village Glen today for a consultation. We also offer retirement villages and aged care services on the Mornington Peninsula as well. For enquiries, please call us at 1300 VILL GLEN.

How An Active Social Life Makes Retirement Living Better

When loved ones age, their social circumstances may change, but embracing those changes and finding new ways to socialise is the best option. To stay happy healthy and fit, having an active social life is highly recommended. An active social life while in retirement living is so easy and can help avoid feelings of loneliness, which can be detrimental to both their mental health and physical health.

Here are the other benefits of an active social life while enjoying retirement living at Village Glen in Capel Sound in the centre of the Mornington Peninsula.

Stronger cognitive health

People by nature are social beings and that is one of the things that is constant with age. In fact, the need for social interactions tends to increase as one gets older. Regular social interactions and a strong social connection with friends and family can improve one’s mental health and can help prevent dementia. This can be attributed to how socialisation keeps the brain active and focused, thus improving cognitive function.

Improving physical health

Aside from feeling mentally healthy, elderly people who socialise regularly tend to feel physically invigorated as well. Their strong social network and the feeling of belongingness positively affects their physical well-being and can even strengthen their immune system.

Brightens mood and emotional health

Being surrounded by friends and family can have a significant effect on one’s emotional health and improve one’s sense of well-being. Building friendships and taking part in new hobbies or endeavours with new people also strengthen a sense of community and companionship.

Ageing need not pose a challenge to finding new friends and companions. Seniors in retirement living will find endless programs designed for them, where they can connect with people who have similar interests and circumstances.

At Village Glen, whether you enjoy socialising over a coffee at the Clubhouse, or while playing a game of golf or maybe you prefer to spend time with friends while quilting or doing an arts and crafts class, there are endless options to have fun with friends.

Are you looking for a beautiful retirement option to enjoy among friends? Contact Village Glen today for a consultation. We also offer home care services and have aged care facilities across the Mornington Peninsula. For enquiries, please call us at 1300 VILL GLEN.

5 Ways To Improve Safety At Home

Keeping our elderly loved ones safe in their home means taking some measures to reduce the risks of potential home accidents. These home accidents can be caused by a decline in balance and fading vision, and so eliminating some risks will be of great benefit to your loved one.

So how should you go about making sure that the home is accident-proof for your elderly loved ones?

Making stairs safe

If your loved one is using a walking stick, walker or other mobility aids, taking the stairs may not be the best option. One level living is ideal and if they are considering downsizing this would be a good option to consider. If one level living isn’t feasible, consider installing a wheelchair ramp to make the walk to and fro easier. If they are able to use the stairs, make sure the steps are safe by installing non-skid treads for more stability. Another way to help prevent slipping is comfortable footwear with non-skid soles.

Removing clutter

Declutter and removing obstacles is also a great idea. For instance, lamps should be positioned in the corners to avoid the wires getting in the way across the floor. Throw rugs, especially those with patterns, should be removed as well; the patterns can easily cause your loved one to lose their balance and possibly fall.

Grab rails and mobility aids

It is worth investigating mobility aids such as a walker or shower chair. Also, grab rails are great to help someone anchor themselves in the bathrooms and other areas that an elderly person may need assistance such as the hallway or next to the couch.

Ensuring that the furniture is sturdy

Speaking of furniture, it is important to check how sturdy your loved one’s favourite chair or couch is. Consider how easy it is for them to use the furniture as well. For instance, though sitting on a recliner may be comfortable, the effort of getting in or out of it may be a bit of a challenge.

Installing proper lighting

As stated before, many home accidents are caused by fading vision with age. Make sure that there is proper lighting throughout the home to make it safer and easier to navigate. Also, consider installing motion-sensor lights to help your loved ones when they make a midnight trip to the kitchen fridge or bathroom.

Get professional assistance.

We know the safety and wellness of your loved one is a top priority and it may be worth looking into professional aged care services to give your loved one the necessary support. At Village Glen Retirement Living there are no stairs or steps anywhere around the Village to eliminate any risk of tripping. We also work with residents to help install grab rails and access mobility aids. Village Glen Flexicare Home Support can also assist an elderly person on a package making their home a safer place.

Contact Village Glen today for a consultation, call us at 1300 VILL GLEN.

How Can Home Care Benefit You?

Home care is an excellent way to provide the necessary support to seniors or loved ones whilst also maintaining independence and the comfort of home. Home care services on the Mornington Peninsula allow you to enjoy the benefits of in-home care and help which specifically caters to your needs. Continue reading “How Can Home Care Benefit You?”

Great Benefits of Owning a Pet in Retirement

There’s nothing quite like the joy of owning a pet. It’s no wonder that nearly 62 per cent of Australian households own pets. And while everyone enjoys pets regardless of age, our residents can benefit greatly from owning a pet. Numerous studies have shown that having a pet companion improves overall health and wellness, from lowering blood pressure to reducing the risk of depression.

Here are some other great benefits of having your own furry friend.

They provide unconditional love.
One of the best things about pets is that they provide unconditional love. For those living alone, owning a pet can help prevent feelings of social isolation or depression. Before choosing a pet, make sure to consider the pet’s age and demeanour. Generally, pets with relaxed temperaments align well with your lifestyle and energy levels.

They help keep you active.
Staying active in retirement can be challenging but having a pet keeps you on your toes. There are a lot of responsibilities that come with owning a pet, such as taking them for a walk or feeding them.

They provide emotional support.
Our everyday lives are full of stressors but research shows that people with pets are less stressed than people without pets. In fact, just touching a pet can calm you down, which makes them an instant source of emotional support when you need it.

They can help you socialise.
Having a pet allows you to interact with other people, especially fellow pet owners. There are also numerous pet clubs and meet-ups you can join to find people with similar interests.

They help you gain purpose.
Some seniors may struggle to find a sense of fulfilment that their careers once gave them. Taking care of a pet provides a new sense of responsibility and usefulness, which can improve self-confidence.

Getting a pet: what to consider
Before you adopt your new four-legged friend, make sure you can commit to the responsibility of taking care of a pet. Carefully consider your energy level, experience with owning pets, health issues and your residence’s pet policy. lmportantly, if you already Iive in a retirement village, you will need to check the pet policy to see what you can and cannot do.

You should also look for a pet that fits your lifestyle. For instance, younger pets may be irresistibly cute but they are also very active and require lots of attention and exercise. In addition, cats are more self-sufficient than dogs who might require walks every day.

Living with your pet at Village Glen
Village Glen is of the premier retirement villages in Mornington Peninsula, offering pet-friendly living options for residents. If you would like to know more about our retirement homes, please contact us today.

The Benefits of Visiting Grandparents in Aged Care

Visiting grandparents often in an aged care home offers a lot of benefits not only to their physical and emotional health, but also to yours. Regular visits make your loved one’s happy as well as keeping them mentally sharp and improves the quality of their life. Grandparents are often your pillars of stability, fun and wisdom.

Keep in mind these benefits of visiting grandparents.

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Simple Ways To Have Fun Outdoors

‌It’s that time of the year again when the outdoors beckon. Spending time outdoors is beneficial for all ages. It gives us that much-needed vitamin D, helps us stay active and lessens the risk of depression. Just making the trip to go for a regular walk can do wonders for your health. And if you live in one of the retirement villages on the Mornington Peninsula, the opportunities for some outdoor fun are practically endless.

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