Leading Age Services Australia Ageing Expo

Leading Age Services Australia Ageing Expo!

 

Are you caring for elderly parents or loved ones, confused about how to access home care support or aged care services or what choices are available in aged care? Do you need assistance to navigate the system?

Presenting the first ever Care & Ageing Expo in Western Australia, a showcase of products, services, information and education to enable you to compare the market and make an informed choice around the many aged care options.

Hear from experts across a whole range of aged care issues such as choosing home care or residential care, how to care for those with dementia, how to navigate the MyAgedCare website, hear about the latest technology in hearing aids and much more. The Bethanie Lifestyle seminar stage will provide a continuous stream of information from industry experts and discussion panels and give you the opportunity to ask questions.

Best ever news?

Planning for the Next Season will be presenting on the seminar stage and talking about how people can think and plan ahead for ageing well at home now and into the future. Melissa will be presenting at 1:45 pm on Sunday, 30th July at the expo. We encourage you to come down and have a chat as well as see what’s on offer.

For more information about the expo, including the program for the weekend, just click here.

 

New at Planning for the Next Season

Planning for the Next Season is pleased to announce that we are working in partnership with CommunityWest to deliver the very best in early planning materials, consultancy and workshop experience! CommunityWest reimagines community services so that people who are frail or who have an ongoing disability can live independently for as long as possible. They do this by providing consulting, learning and audit services to community sector organisations. The values of CommunityWest and Planning for the Next Season are aligned and we are happy to be working together in the early planning and intervention space.

The Planning For the Next Season facilitator guides are shortly hot off the press and, as always, the Planning for the Next Season workbooks are available anytime.

Many options for Plannnig for the Next Season are available to providers and consumer services alike. For example, we are offering a Planning for the Next Season providers package which will give you the facilitator’s guide, twenty workbooks and two hours of consultancy time. That package will give providers everything they need in order to run Planning for the Next Season workshops on their own.

Other packages are available including consultancy only or workshop materials only. Head over to the CommunityWest website here to learn more.

Looking forward to learning together and supporting people to forge their own path they age well at home.

 

 

Coming soon……!

 

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At Planning for the Next Season we are always working to bring you new ideas, tools and thinking. Soon, we’ll have a brand new resource available- the Planning for the Next Season facilitator’s guide! How soon? The guide is just about ready to go to print.

With the facilitator’s guide and participant workbooks, this means that organisations and groups, both formal and informal, will be able to run Planning for the Next Season workshops anywhere in the world!

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Are we excited?  You’d better believe it. 

For more information before the launch, just send us an email.  We’d love to catch up.

 

New at Planning for the Next Season

Planning for the Next Season is now offering workshops for groups of elders and/or groups of adult children (10-20 participants) interested in working through the Planning for the Next Season roadmap together.

The opportunity to work together in a group, developing a road map, gives everyone the chance to share their knowledge and wisdom around what works and what doesn’t when planning to stay well at home now and into the future.

Planning for the Next Season workshops are also perfect for people who are considering accessing home care packages and want to reflect on what they are truly looking to get out of their package.

Having a workshop is a great way of sharing experience whilst gaining new knowledge and tools in a peer setting.

We are now taking bookings for workshops, so ring us today on 0400 248 655 to book a time that suits.

SEEC and you shall find!!

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Are you or an elder thinking of downsizing and currently weighing up the options on whether a lifestyle village versus a granny flat is the best option to go? Do you have an older parent or loved one facing some questions about ageing, finances and options? Are you worried about costs, legal implications, and options available? You just want answers and relevant information to make the right choice? Then join us for a Social Evening with Expert Conversations (SEEC) in Legal, Finance, Senior Move Manager, Age Placement and Aging in Place. One evening with five professional experts for you to listen to and ask any questions you have. Format of the evening will give you the option to listen to an expert for 10 minutes on the key areas you definitely need to know, with a Q&A session afterwards. You then can move on to the next expert’s talk applicable to your needs, and so on, until you have listened and spoke with all or just those experts you require – whilst enjoying a glass of beverage or two in one easy to receive information Social Evening. This is going to be an evening not to be missed if you are looking for information and options for yourself or an older parent/loved one. The cost for the evening is $20 and registration can be made by clicking on the link below. Looking forward to seeing you there!!! https://eventbrite.com.au/event/17476169694/?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

Courageous Conversations

Planning for the Next Season has been working with Panorama Health Network (North Metropolitan Medicare Local) and Kim Greeve (Department of Health) to raise awareness about advance care planning.  We have spoken with home care providers, GP’s and practice professionals and people in the community who are interested in knowing more about advance care planning and having courageous conversations with people close to us about future wishes.

We say that these conversations are courageous because thinking about a future where we, or our parents, are not able to direct care, can be uncomfortable.

Here are some tips for starting that sort of conversation about future wishes:

  • Think about who is closest to you in your life.  This person, or people are the ones with whom you will have the conversation about what you want and what you don’t.
  • Think it through. Before you have this conversation, give yourself time to think about and come to terms with your own ideas.
  • If you have a partner, talk to each other first before involving other people closest to you.
  • Think about the challenges you might face in having this sort of conversation and then think about some possible strategies you might use to overcome those challenges.  For example, if you’d like to have this conversation with family and the family lives in different states or countries, can you use Skype or FaceTime in order to start the conversation?

Every person and every family is unique.  What may work for you may not work for another family.  Even individual family members may have a conflicting perspective on what should happen when someone can no longer direct their own care.

Additional workshops for people in the community (Perth North Metropolitan area) will be advertised in your local community newspaper.  Additionally, you can contact Planning for the Next Season for more details. 

It’s worth looking into Advance Care Planning, Advance Health Directives and Enduring Guardianship.  It’s never too early to have the conversation.