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Support For Long Term Conditions

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A long term condition is a health condition that lasts one year or longer. The condition may impact the person’s life and may require ongoing care and support. These long term conditions can be controlled with treatment, support and management. Some of the more common conditions are mentioned below.

Dementia & Cognitive Decline

Dementia is a brain disorder that can effect your memory, impairment in thinking and decision making. It can be a very stressful time for families and loved ones during initial diagnosis and continuous management of this condition. Signs and prognosis can vary from mild to profound and this can add to stress, uncertainty and anxiety to the individual and family.

Currently there is no cure for this disease but there are management plans that can assist the individual and family. Support is vital for people with dementia. The help of families, friends and carers collectively can make a positive difference to managing the condition.

We provide the following to families and individuals coping with Dementia:

  • Goal setting and achieving activities of living
  • Medication management
  • Maintaining safety and security
  • Promoting independence
  • Identifying and managing challenging behaviours
  • Leasing with the medical team

 

Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body. Diabetes requires daily self care and if complications develop diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the condition and effectively managing it (www.diabetesaustralia.com.au 2016).
Diabetes management can prevent long term complications such as heart issues, nerve damage, vision complications, wound development and kidney problems to name a few.

A number of factors can assist in the management of your diabetes such as blood sugar recording and management, nutrition, lifestyle adjustments, medication administration and symptom management.

Exclusive Nursing Australia can assist you or your loved one by the following methods:

  • Education regarding blood sugar level monitoring and recording to track any changes throughout the day.
  • Medication regime and insulin therapy education
  • Assisting you to incorporate a healthy lifestyle including meal planning, portion control and regular exercise
  • Leasing with your GP and Endocrinologist
  • Monitor signs of hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia
  • Educating you to recognise the signs and symptoms that should prompt you to seek emergency care.

Oncology Support

Cancer is difficult for both the individual and family. You and your family may feel overwhelmed. You and your family will need to adjust to your diagnosis. Many people want to be in the comfort of their own home and we can help assist you with this.

Exclusive Nursing Australia can help you better deal with your diagnosis so you can improve your ability to manage your disease, your medical treatment, and any side effects you experience. We aim to do that by the following:

  • Help you to management side effects and complications that may require the attention of your medical team.
  • Escorting you to and from chemotherapy or radiation treatments and appointments
  • Assist you to monitor effects of treatment and medications
  • Assist you with activities of living including personal care, nutrition, household chores.

 

Respiratory Conditions

Exclusive Nursing Australia offers support and assistance for people with respiratory issues such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis (CF), Emphysema and Bronchitis to name a few. We can assist with patient education, the enhancement of patient self-management and the management of care. We also liaise with your Doctor and Multidisciplinary team to create a plan focusing on identification, early intervention and management in respiratory diseases, including supervision of early hospital discharge and long-term care. We can assist with the following;

  • Use of respiratory equipment including CPAP, nebulisers, long-term oxygen use.
  • Assistance with attending appointments
  • Where appropriate smoking cessation
  • Liaise with Medical Team
  • Recognition of early warning signs of an exacerbation
  • Transition from hospital to home
  • Assistance with activities of living if required

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of death in Australia, with 43,603 deaths attributed to CVD in Australia in 2013. Cardiovascular disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes. Cardiovascular disease is one of Australia’s largest health problems. Despite improvements over the last few decades, it remains one of the biggest burdens on our economy (www.heartfoundation.org.au)
Cardiac conditions cover a wide range of heart issues including Hypertension, Angina, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke to name a few. Exclusive Nursing Australia aims to promote independence, increase quality of life and standard of living. We can assist you with the following:

  • To prevent hospitalisations
  • Provide skilled nursing assessments
  • Monitoring of vital signs
  • Administration of medication
  • Dietary support and maintaining a healthy diet
  • Collaborating with Dietician and Medical Team
  • Overall support with activities of living
  • Maintaining independence
  • Regular achievable exercise
  • Attending appointments
  • Patient and Caregiver education

Stroke

A stroke is a “brain attack”. It can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost (www.strokefoundation.org.au).

1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime. These people are someone’s sister, brother, wife, husband, daughter, son, partner, mother, father and friend. Behind the numbers are real lives (www.strokefoundation.org.au).

After being diagnosed with a Stoke it can be a very anxious and worrying time. You may have to alter your life and lifestyle and require support that you didn’t require previously.  Rehabilitation is extremely important. Together with your medical team Exclusive Nursing Australia can assist you in reaching your goals.

  • Assist with activities of living i.e washing, dressing
  • Assistance with social activities; meeting friends, attending occasions
  • Assistance with domestic duties, shopping, cleaning and cooking
  • Medication management and medication stock
  • Vital observations and management
  • Identification of decline
  • Overnight assistance
  • 2 hours to 24 hour home support service to assist with living as independently as possible
  • Liaising with Neurologist and medical team

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