The Senior Carers Program offered by Lifebridge acknowledges the valuable contribution of older carers who are the primary carers of a person with a disability. This initiative aims to increase access to respite and support for older people who are caring for a person with a disability.
Other Programs for Carers offered:
Emergency /Crisis Respite.
Care 4 U Holiday Program.
The Care 4 U Holiday program is a uniquely therapeutic and educational experience which allows the carer to re-evaluate their caring role, to increase their capacity for self care, and to link with and access other ongoing supports in the community.
This occurs through offering people a respite holiday for five days. Care is provided for both the care recipient and the carer in a relaxing and healing environment by trained staff 24 hours a day. Respite staff provide support and recreational activities for your relative or friend, while carers enjoy time out and a little pampering.
Your Choice Flexible Respite Solutions.
The ‘Your Choice’ program is allocated across the Far North Coast of NSW through Lifebridge. Priority of service is determined by the scores gained by completing the Respite Intake & Prioritisation Tool. Referrals are managed by the Local Respite Coordination Group and placed on the ‘Respite Register’.
Service will be considered based on prioritised need whenever capacity becomes available.
DAP – Disability Assistance Package
WHERE do people go if they have a concern about their memory?
WHAT is the next step after being diagnosed with a dementia?
To gain the answers to these questions or to receive support navigating the service systems can be complex.
Families and individuals often have to speak to different organisations, undergo multiple assessments and have different workers from different organisations provide service. Often each organisation has strict boundaries as to what they can and cannot do. This means that the service received does not always meet individual needs. It also makes changing services difficult and we all know that day to day life, particularly when living with dementia, can often be unpredictable.
At Lifebridge, there is only one initial assessment.
As a person’s needs change, then we change our service provision to meet that need. The carer and person with dementia have no disruption to service as we accommodate our work practices to meet the needs of the person.
Lifebridge walks alongside our customers. Having the stability of one service that is able to respond to the different stages of dementia lessens the confusion and makes life a lot easier. It also builds a strong rapport and familiarity with families and individuals which is a key element in providing effective support and assistance.
Lifebridge is able to provide flexible assistance because we have a wide spectrum of programs to draw upon regardless of where a person is along their dementia journey.
We can offer everything from general information and education, through to monitoring and daily living assistance, social outings and gatherings, carer support programs as well as providing assistance with behaviour management strategies for those times when there are behaviours or issues of concern.
The beauty of a pathway also means that our families and individual customers can step on and off at any point along their journey and be guaranteed that the appropriate support is always there waiting for them.
Future directions will be guided by identified needs within the community. Lifebridge will continue to build upon its substantial service base to provide customers, and their carers, with more choices.
Children’s Services provide respite options that can include:
An annual amount is allocated to a number of families to spend within the service for their respite needs. Lifebridge understands that families prefer to plan their own respite breaks and so therefore allocate monies to families giving them freedom and flexibility in the service they receive.
Services can be extended by grouping customers for excursions or overnight events thereby making them more cost effective.
Overnight Support at Respite House. The Children & Teens Respite House is a facility based respite service which provides short-term care for children between 6 and 18 years old who have a disability. The service enables the carers to have a well-earned break from the demands of caring for their child, while providing the children with high-quality care within an enjoyable, supportive environment.
The service operates year round and is staffed 24 hours a day during weekends and school holidays.
Saturday Siblings Group:
Lifebridge acknowledge that sometimes siblings can feel ‘left out’ – so we offer a monthly social group. Siblings of young people with a disability, can enjoy social activities and excursions. The group meets on the first Saturday of the month from 10am – 3pm.
Programs run from February to November and include: outings to the movies, ten-pin bowling, indoor rock climbing, timezone, swimming and putt putt golf. Children will bring their own lunch and water. Fees applicable per child.
At Aged and Dementia Services, we use the principles of the Montessori philosophy to design and deliver our programs. Montessori programming aims to do the following:
This program assists carers of people with memory loss who are experiencing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia which are prohibiting both the carer and the person with dementia from participating in mainstream community activities. Assistance can be provided in the home, in the community or at “The Cottage”. A staff member will work with each person and their carer to identify service requirements.
This program assists carers who are currently employed, actively seeking employment, studying or volunteering with the intention of gaining employment and are caring for someone who is frail aged and/or has dementia. Assistance can be provided in the home, in the community or at “The Cottage”. Hours of service can be flexible to meet need.
Care 4 U:
This program assists carers of people with memory loss. The Care 4 U program is a uniquely therapeutic and education experience which allows the carer and person with memory loss to spend some time together with full support from the Care 4 U team. The program consists of 5 days and 4 nights away at a holiday destination that is suitable for people with dementia. At the end of the holiday you will feel relaxed, have made new friends and will have acquired information that will support both of you on your dementia pathway.
Carer Support Group:
The Carer Support group is run on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 12pm-2pm at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Phillip St, Chinderah. This is an opportunity to meet other carers in the local community who are also caring for a person with dementia and understand the caring role. It is also a way to share information and gain knowledge and experience. Respite care and transport can be arranged with prior notice. For enquiries regarding the support group please contact reception on 1800 043 186.
Group activities have been designed to provide an opportunity for participants to become involved in social activities that may otherwise be difficult for them to access due to their memory loss or frailty. It also provides an opportunity for the carer to take some time out from their caring role and to focus on the things that they want to do. The social activities for each group are developed around the interests and skills of the participating group members. Lifebridge uses a combination of person centred tools and the Montessori approach to programming to identify participant’s interests and skills. Groups can either be facilitated from “The Cottage” in Kingscliff or can involve activities out in the community.
Social groups operate Monday – Friday during the day.
At times “The Cottage” programs may be full which means the service is unable to accept new participants. Often in these circumstances there are temporary vacancies within “The Cottage” programs created by people who are on leave. We will often fill these vacancies with people who are: temporarily unable to receive a permanent day; waiting for an extra permanent day’s placement; looking for a one off casual placement; experiencing a crisis or requiring emergency respite. This respite option will be discussed with you at the time of assessment.
Local Support Coordination:
This program assists persons over the age of 65 (50 for ATSI individuals) who need a little short term assistance and support in their life after a significant life changing event. This may be the death of a spouse, the loss of accommodation, a health crisis or other similar major event. The program aims to connect people to the wider community and to assist them to identify options to maintain their independence and well being.
Dementia Advisory Service (DAS):
This program is the first point of contact for anyone who has concerns about memory problems, or who has been recently diagnosed with dementia. The program offers information and education on dementia related issues, counselling and support for people with memory loss and their carers, and referral to appropriate services. People are encouraged to seek advice and assistance as soon as possible, rather than waiting until there is a crisis.
Living with Memory Loss:
This program assists people who have been newly diagnosed with dementia and their carers. This is a supportive program that provides practical information through education and group discussion. The program also provides an introduction to the support systems that are available. This program occurs in partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia.
This program assists people who are frail aged, have a dementia or another disability and their carers to remain living independently at home. The Social Support program assists people develop social contacts and friendships to assist them to participate in community life and to access services and facilities so that social and geographical isolation is minimised and quality of life is increased. Participants are linked with a volunteer on a one-to-one basis to provide services which best suit their needs. These services should reflect the assistance that a friend or a neighbour would normally provide, for example, changing a light bulb, doing some shopping or going out for a coffee.
This program assists people who are frail aged or have a dementia by providing a dementia monitoring service. When a person has memory loss, sometimes basic daily activities can be forgotten. This program aims to support people to maintain their independence by providing reminders for medication, ensuring nutritional meals are being prepared and eaten and that general day to day activities are being managed.
This program assists carers by providing low care, basic respite to the people they care for. Such situations where flexible respite would be suitable would be where the carer would like to go out to their weekly bridge game and they require someone to come to their home and be with their spouse while they are out.
Lifebridge Disability Services provides support to people aged 0 – 65 years and their families through the following programs:
Community Participation Program.
The Community Participation Program (CPP) supports young people from the age of 18 – 24 years to make the transition from school to adult life.
Tweed Access Program (TAP).
Structured group programs providing opportunities for skill development to people aged 18 – 65 years. Programs offered include: computers, cooking, fitness, mixed media, brain gym, multi-sensory program & day/evening social outings.
Active Ageing & Life Choices.
The Active Ageing Program supports people from the age of 55 – 64 live an active, independent life and prepares them for retirement. Day Programs are designed to support people to develop skills, take part in activities they enjoy, gain work experience or volunteer.
The 3 models of service are:
The Life Choices Program supports people from the age of 25 – 54 live an active, independent life.
Your Choice Respite Solutions.
The ‘Your Choice’ program is allocated across the Far North Coast of NSW through Lifebridge. Priority of service is determined by the scores gained by completing the Respite Intake & Prioritisation Tool.
Referrals are managed by the Local Respite Coordination Group and placed on the ‘Respite Register’. Service will be considered based on prioritised need whenever capacity becomes available.
Ageing Carer Programs.
Up to 4 weeks access to respite options to carers aged over 65 years and over 45 years for carers who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
The brokerage service provides support to customers in a wide range of settings determining the family’s needs. This can include in-home, within the community, weekends and overnight. Funds are sourced from external agencies such as the Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre (CRCC) or Tweed Shire Community Options.
Social Support Program.
Planned respite. Holiday supports.
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