NAVIGATING & LINKING YOU TO SERVICES FOR YOUR WELL BEING
Mobile Assessment & Counselling Service
Servicing the Northern & Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne
chronic health management & counselling
A chronic medical condition is one that has been or is likely to be present for 6 months or longer. If you need advice about good health management, a structured approach from a counsellor & social worker may be what you need. Referrals can also be made to other allied health professionals including a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist. Your GP will also be involved in this health plan.
SENIORS (OLDER PERSONS)sUPPORT & SERVICES
Are you having trouble finding and navigating services for older people? (called the Aged Care System).
Are you looking for services and options to help you remain at home?
Are there too many choices or you don’t know what choices there are?
You or your loved one may deteriorate in independence over time as part of the ageing process. Many 80 and 90 year olds do live very independent lives and continue to be engaged in their community.
ARE YOU HAVING TROUBLE SLEEPING OR Are you worrying a lot?
The medical term for trouble sleeping is insomnia or disturbed sleep patterns.
The medical term for worrying a lot is generalised anxiety.
What we offer
bENEFITS of a HOME VISIT
One on One time just for you
Convenience in your home
At a time that suits you
Convenient for your family
activities/ services offered
Home Visiting Service
Gentle Over 50's Exercise (light weights)
Yoga (5 session package)
BENEFITS OF A HOME VISIT
Mobile Assessment & Counselling Service
We understand that recovery is individual to you. We assess and treat you in your home or at a location of your choice.
By assessing & treating you at home, we get a clear picture of how your conditions or life impediments are impacting on you. We provide the treatment in your local environment; offering you:
- Comfort being in your own home & being time efficient - say goodbye to travel time, parking hassles & waiting rooms. It’s one on one time just for you.
- Flexible hours to fit into your busy work life. Great for family members who work, reducing their travel time taking you to appointments.
- A holistic approach taking into account your goals, hobbies, normal activities, interests and recovery style when designing your action plan.
- Coordinated care with other professionals to optimise your recovery & improvement.
- An individualised action plan specific to you and your interests.
CHRONIC HEALTH MANAGEMENT & COUNSELLING
Cassie has worked in mental health and health assessment settings for 20 years. She has experience in helping people with health problems lead active, involved lives, to create healthy living action plans so that they are not overwhelmed by their health conditions and to overcome some of the disability and setbacks that occur due to having a chronic health problem. For example: Stroke and diabetes are amongst the leading causes of incapacity and impedes your ability to carry out daily living activities unassisted. A stroke is not an illness, it typically has no signs of gradual worsening. It can happen all at once without too much symptoms, but there are high risk factors including diabetes, rapid heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) and high blood pressure (hypertension) Many people recover completely or well from a stroke but it can also be the leading cause of an enduring disability once you are discharged from hospital or rehabilitation. The stroke survivor and their family can be more curtailed to home and less able to go out and enjoy life meaning frustrations and restrictions can set in quickly. Many people call this a CHRONIC HEALTH ISSUE. So apart from seeing your GP regularly, taking preventative medications and knowing the signs and reasons that put you in a higher risk category, you might want to know how to better manage your health and lifestyle to prevent a stroke or diabetes from occurring. If your disability is ongoing, you might need to find sustainable services which Cassie can help you to find. Or you might have a health condition like arthritis or an autoimmune disease for which you would like better non-drug related strategies - meditation, mindfulness training, gentle exercise.
SENIORS (OLDER PERSONS) sUPPORT & SERVICES
Cassie’s philosophy is that maintaining good health is about wellbeing assessment and monitoring. Many people who take care of their health conditions when they first appear; who have a more positive mindset / attitude and are proactive about their lifestyle and activity levels in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, are more able to participate and manage their health optimally when they arrive into their 70’s and 80’s. The old adage is correct – prevention (of your health deterioration) is better than cure. But more importantly, management of the condition in the first 5-10 years lays the solid foundation for a more active life expectancy despite having arthritis or fibromyalgia or diabetes. However if frailty occurs in your 70's and 80's, we can optimise your wellbeing & independence by looking at provision of at-home and other service.
There are a multitude of services provided by all tiers of government and the private sector. But you need to know where to look and what would be most helpful to your individual circumstance. Families say it is complex, time consuming and frustrating to find what is right for their individual situation when supporting an older person. They are looking for tailored supports for their needs.
Cassie can help you with in all of these examples above. Cassie works in the government health and aged care sector and has up to date working knowledge of the Australian Government’s programs and can assist you to navigate through the government and private service system. She is use to working with your GP and other health professionals to create additional services and supports. She works with the person themselves or families supporting their older loved ones. There are eligibility criteria and contribution costs for government funded services so would you like to know what your older person is entitled to for free and what their contribution fees to other government services might be.
iNSOMNIA & GENERALiSED ANXIETY
Many people have insomnia due to their lifestyles. More people are doing shift work & longer hours as part of their occupational (work) requirements. In addition, family responsibilities are now more complex and our pace of life have accelerated. For these reasons and many more, the rate of insomnia have increased tenfold.
Cassie has worked in mental health and health assessment settings for 20 years. She has experience in assisting people with insomnia, who have become overwhelmed by their health conditions and ended up with poor sleep hygiene (habits).
Cassie uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to counsel and help you with your insomnia or generalised worries (which may also be contributing to your insomnia), coming up with an individualised careplan which steps you through the issues underlying your changed sleep patterns; resetting your time clock and returning you to better sleep hygiene and sleep patterns.
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