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It is mandatory to have a smoke alarm in every household where people sleep. Statistics shows that a person is twice as likely to die in a fire at home where a fire alarm is not installed, however the risk factor if they are unable to hear a standard alarm. Although the Deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing are in need of special fire alarm those with flashing lights and vibrating under-pillow pads to supplement the sound of the alarms can rise to as much as $450 more than a standard alarm
Therefore, the NSW Government has invested $2 million for the scheme, which aims to give people who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing the same protections as smoke alarms do for others. This lifesaving program will see 3500 high-tech smoke alarms go to people in our community who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing,” Commissioner Mullins said. “For those eligible, fire-fighters from your local fire station can come out and help install them.”
“The subsidy gives deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people in NSW the right to make the same choices as everyone else about their home fire safety.”
Applications for the subsidy can be made to the Deaf Society of NSW, which provides information and services to people who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing and their families. For information and application forms visit this website:
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Elderly people are prone to increased health risks as we head into the warmer months, so here are some useful tips for staying safe and beating the summer heat….
Anyone can be affected by heat stroke and other heat related illness, but those over the age of 65 is more likely to be effected and need to be particularly careful as the weather heats up. Heat stress happens when the body isn’t able to regulate a healthy temperature and has trouble cooling itself.
Side effects to look for include:
• Mild rashes
• Hot and dry skin
• Rapid heart rate
• Disorientation and confusion
To avoid these types of health issues it is recommended to;
• Stay indoors, with a fan and/or air-conditioning on
• Avoid strenuous activity.
• Wear light clothing and
• Sip on cool drinks throughout the day.
Friends, family and carers can also help by keeping track of weather reports as temperatures of 30 degrees place vulnerable people at higher risk and check on them frequently.
If you have any further questions or queries talk to your GP
If you think to may be suffering from heat related illness you should call a health professional immediately for assistance.
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Here at Lifestyle Home Services we believe it’s never too early or too late to start exercising!
Getting regular exercise helps you to stay fit and also has tremendous health benefits.
I recently heard about an American Woman, Gladys “Gladyator” Burrill, who is living proof that it is never to late to enjoy the benefits of exercise
Gladys Burrill earned the nickname ‘Gladyator’ after she successfully completed the Honolulu Marathon in 2010 at the ripe old age of 92!
Gladys walked and jogged the better half of the 42 kilometer course and finished at the amazing time of 9 hours and 53 minutes.
Gladys’s passion for running began when she was 86 and since then she has completed the Honolulu marathon five times and walked a total of 400 kilometers!
Whilst Gladys’s approach to exercise may be a little extreme there are alternative ways of staying fit and plenty of senior-friendly activities available to try.
Fitness centers and gyms now run classes that cater to the needs of the elderly across Australia. Lawn bowls, aquatic aerobics and walking are just a few of the sports more and more older people are taking part in.
Aquatic aerobics and other water based sports, like swimming, are highly recommended for older people as they ease tension in the joints and tendons compared to higher impact activities.
Before starting any form of exercise please remember to consult your Doctor to assess your current physical well-being and give you the right fitness plan.
At Lifestyle Home Services we support many of our clients to keep up with a regular fitness regime as part of their aged care support. Sometimes this means our staff help by going for a walk with the client or driving them to a fitness class. We also have some our staff trained in allied health assistance which means they can support a person with a physiotherapy regime under the guidance of the client’s physiotherapist.
Contact Lifestyle Home Services today to see how we can support you with your fitness goals.
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Challenging Arthritis is a new self management program developed by Arthritis NSW to assist you in managing your arthritis and improving your health. Challenging Arthritis helps you to make informed choices about your treatment and includes practical easy tips that can be incorporated into daily life to improve your health and quality of life. The program is suitable for people of all ages and can be completed at your own pace. Challenging Arthritis consists of 8 modules covering topics like: healthy eating, managing pain, exercise, relaxation and working with health professions. The program consists of a workbook and for those that have access to the internet it can also be completed by logging onto the Arthritis NSW website, Health Educators are available by telephone to provide additional support.
For further information contact Arthritis NSW on 1800 332 131 or refer to their website www.arthritisnsw.org.au
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