Here you will find information and resources to help you cope with the Senior Years journey.
Facing this time can be challenging at best. Emotions run high, anxieties arise. Early planning is rarely undertaken.......management by crisis is the norm.
The Emunah Center seeks to change this approach. Simplifying the process.....relieving anxieties, providing support.... is our focus.
We know the challenges associated with this journey. We had parents who traveled this road. Decisions to be made can be overwhelming....so many complexities to face.... people find it hard to cope.
In this day and age we find people living much longer than in previous generations. We applaud this fact BUT it does bring challenges.
As we age our ability to take care of ourselves diminishes. Trying to live up to past abilities and expectations can lead to injury. How many people have been hurt while trying to climb a ladder in their senior years?
This does not mean people refrain from activity.....quite the opposite.......just a change in activities is the answer. None the less trying to balance what we can and cannot do is not easy.
Our senior years do come with challenges. Creating great outcomes in Aged Care is not easy but achievable.
To help we put together a few topics that you will likely face.
· Dealing with the facts.
· Building a complete picture.
· Making the best of given situations.
· Seeking counsel if needed.
· Handling differences of opinions and philosophies that arise during decision making processes.
· Recognising anxieties.
· Knowing the expectations from all parties.
· Being realistic about physical changes.
· Being aware of possible mental health concerns.
· Creating professional contacts.
· Understanding the importance of timing in making decisions.
· Knowing your legal responsibilities.
· Knowing your personal responsibilities.
· Asking.....are there financial implications.
· Preparing to face realities both positive and negative.
· Being ready family discord.
· Understanding the “stake” all family members have invested.
· Being aware of cognitive changes.
· Taking the time in weighing up the evidences and the options.
· Working with facilities.
· Choosing a facility.
· Understanding roles reversing.
· Knowing the roles of a career.
· Setting up support systems.
· Dealing with privacy issues.
· Overcoming geographic challenges – Isolated communities.
· Coping with medical issues.
· Not biting off more than you can chew.
· Importance of effective communication.
· Understanding what it takes to achieve good outcomes.
Handling “Aged Care” can be difficult. Negative mind sets need re-adjustments......a dose of reality is often required.
Very few people want to face the realities of ageing......who can blame them when so much change is taking place.
Yet regardless..... it needs to be faced.
We know the challenges people face and we want you and your loved ones to actually enjoy the senior years. We want to see smiling faces not sad faces.
The Emunah Center can help.......we want you, your family, and your loved ones to experience the best there is to have.
Remember prevention is better than cure......early planning is the key.....CONTACT US NOW
Decisions, decisions….choosing an aged care residence is no easy task. A huge change is about to take place.
No doubt you have been on a rollercoaster ride full of emotion as this moment has arrived. Life has taken a dramatic turn…..family dynamics have changed.
Families can find this change very hard to accept….yet it is seldom reversed.
The residence you choose is the next “home” for you or your loved ones….so choose wisely.
The process is far from straight forward, as aged care residences vary so much. So many areas need addressing when choosing an aged care residence.
The most important of all the choices to be made, is the choice to begin planning early.
If you fail to begin planning early then your choices will be greatly reduced......You may ask why?
Because in a crisis you or your loved ones can be placed in whatever Aged Care facility is available. This negates your choices and takes the decision process out of your hands.
Some families are happy to have others make the choice, but the majority would rather have options.
WE CANNOT OVERSTATE THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY PLANNING.........
Be pro-active.....Take action sooner rather than later..... Make this journey a joyful and positive experience.....
CONTACT THE EMUNAH CENTRE NOW......ALLOW US TO HELP.
If you are looking for a speaker or speakers for your next function….consider Philip and Debra.
They have both professional and personal experience when it comes to helping families through difficult issues.
They have a range of topics on which they speak…. topics that bring common sense to the table.
v The value of looking ahead with clarity
v How you re-act is vital
v Mental health concerns
v Dealing with the facts
v Personal responsibilities
v Choosing an Aged Care residence
v Setting up support systems
v Challenges in Rural areas
v Options available
READ WHAT ELLY EAGLEMEAD HAD TO SAY:
I had the pleasure of Philip and Debra Hammond as guest speakers at a U3A course I was delivering entitled “Living Well in the Third Age”, as it was targeted to those of us in East Gippsland who are well into this third stage of our lives and its many challenges. The aim of the program was to link older people with services in the area which could bring services to us as we traverse such challenges.
There are a few supports here in East Gippsland but many more are needed! This is why I had asked the “Emunah Centre” to inform us about their philosophy and the services they could offer. I was suitably impressed, not only because their philosophy was closely linked to that of the program, but it was also in keeping with the current Victorian Government project for “Age Friendly “societies across Victoria!
Both Philip and Debra are well acquainted (personally and professionally) with the many problems that family life can present,and as such, aim to assist families with these matters. They are also genuine and passionate about assisting families in these situations.
Such issues as, the complexities that arise in families when there are aging relatives and the issues that arise which can leave people with no real support as they traverse them.
The “ EmunahCentre” aims to improve these services in a private capacity with their vast skills and experiences .
This Centre and the directors will be a bonus to any community it becomes involved with.
Elly Eaglemead (Volunteer Tutor)
Bairnsdale University of the Third Age.(B.U.3.A.)
“Living Well in the Third Age” 2018
Philip and Debra will make you feel at ease and have you walk away with nuggets of gold... helping your situation.
Do they have the answers for all problems…no….but they certainly have a wealth of experience and information to share.
There is no doubt you will benefit from having them come and share at your next “guest speaker” function.
SEND US AN EMAIL….SO WE CAN ORGANISE PHILIP AND DEBRA TO SPEAK AT YOUR NEXT GET TOGETHER.