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.

The Best Reasons To Retire In Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula is one of Australia’s most popular retirement spots—and for a good reason. Known for its white sandy beaches, wineries, and rolling hills, Mornington Peninsula is located just 40 kilometres southeast of Melbourne and is the perfect option for those looking to retire somewhere calm and peaceful, yet close to the Melbourne CBD.

Here are some of the best reasons to move into a retirement home on the Mornington Peninsula:

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Understanding Basic Aged Care Costs and Fees

Making a decision to move to an aged care facility can be a difficult one, especially when it comes to the financial aspects of it. So, here’s a simple overview of the basic costs and fees associated with moving to an aged care facility so that you can make an informed choice.

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Choosing The Right Aged Care Home For Your Loved One

Moving your loved ones to an aged care facility can be a difficult decision for anyone. But sometimes, caring for them can go beyond what family or friends can provide. In such cases, opting for an aged care facility is a viable choice. Residential aged care facilities offer round-the-clock care and have aged care professionals onsite to assist residents and tend to their needs.

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