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Balanced Care Method™

Home Care Assistances Balanced Care Method™ is a holistic approach to healthy longevity. It is based on studies of the extraordinarily long-lived elders living in the islands of Okinawa, Japan – the longest-living people on earth.
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The Balanced Care Method™

A key feature of the Balanced Care Method™ is Cognitive Therapeutics, a lifestyle program designed to encourage long-term brain health.

  • Cognitive Stimulation
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Sense of Calm
  • Social Engagement

Watch this video to learn about our Balanced Care Method™ featuring Cognitive Therapeutics:

A Focus on Total Wellness

As yet, we do not have a single explanation for how or why some people live longer and have more active years than others.

However, in Okinawa Japan, it has been shown that people live longer and healthier compared to any other place on earth. Lifespans of over 100 years are not unusual in Okinawa. More importantly, people in their 70s, 80s, 90’s and beyond enjoy incredibly good health and independence despite their years. Okinawans are of great interest to scientists who are keen to understand what we can learn from them in order for more people to live longer, more productive lives.

The study of the Okinawans is the basis for the unique Balanced Care Method™ developed and used by Home Care Assistance in our provision of in home senior care. Our Balanced Care Method™ promotes the lifestyle factors central to the Okinawans longevity. It is a philosophy that can be summed up in two words: moderation and variety.

Enhanced and Enriched Living through Care Worker Training

The Balanced Care Method™ is an evidence-based program built on studies that demonstrate that only one-third of our longevity is based on genetics and two-thirds on lifestyle factors within our control.

Home Care Assistance Gold Coast Care Workers are trained in this method, offering the first aged care solution with an emphasis on balance and longevity. Our Balanced Care Method™ training teaches our Care Workers the importance of nutrition, exercise, social ties, mental and spiritual health, and how all these things can contribute to longevity and well-being for seniors and individuals of all ages. Our Care Workers are also trained in knowing what foods are the most beneficial, depending on the client’s health, habits and goals. By working with specific lifestyle behaviours, our Care Workers extend and enhance the lives of the people we serve, helping them live longer, happier, more balanced lives.

The Complete Service Model

The Balanced Care Method™ touches everything we do at Home Care Assistance Gold Coast. We understand the important connections between diet, exercise, mental engagement and social ties to reduce stress and create the best version of living. Considering the tenants of the Balanced Care Method™ every step of the way, we offer personalised care and lifestyle support including:

  • Nutrition, meal preparation and cooking

  • Light housework including laundry and changing of bed linen

  • Toileting and incontinence care
  • Assistance with light exercise and outdoor activity
  • Safety and fall prevention
  • Grocery shopping and errands
  • Companionship and range of motion exercises
  • Transportation to appointments, supermarket, pharmacy, social opportunities etc.
  • Assisting with walking and transferring from bed to wheelchair
  • Bathing, dressing and grooming assistance
  • Status reporting to family
  • Medication reminders
  • Ongoing wellness monitoring
  • Travel assistance

A Research-Based Approach to Long-Term Brain Health – the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™

An extension of our Balanced Care Method, the Cognitive Therapeutics Method is a brain health program developed by researchers at Home Care Assistance. The program aims to improve quality of life through a holistic approach incorporating positive lifestyle improvements, as well as personalised, one-on-one activities that engage the main cognitive domains of the brain.

The program’s activities target more than just memory and engage other cognitive functions including the executive functioning, attention, language, and visual spatial domains. This approach goes hand-in-hand with lifestyle factors such as physical activity, social engagement, diet and more. The Cognitive Therapeutics Method approach is based on scientific research pointing to non- pharmacological activity and lifestyle intervention as an effective way to promote long-term brain health and was developed by a research team led by a neuropsychologist.

At Home Care Assistance Gold Coast, we use The Cognitive Therapeutics Method as a complement to our Balanced Care Method™ and it forms a key part of our multi-pronged approach to healthy ageing.  We believe that these methods and our individualised approach helps achieve health and meaningfulness in longevity. Read below to get an understanding of how it has helped one of our families:

Competent. Compassionate. Responsive. Always accessible. Reliable. Transparent and reasonably priced. These are the main words to describe the people at Home Care Assistance Gold Coast, under the leadership of Michelle. In the myriad of service providers available in the Gold Coast for the aged, it can be overwhelming to choose the right company and people to care for your loved ones who needs assistance.

I researched many care agencies and was drawn to Home Care Assistance Gold Coast initially because of their science-based (or evidenced based) trainings and certifications of their employees.

My elderly and ill parents lived all alone, and my father in particular needed excellent home care 24/7. Equally important, I needed to rely on, and trust, a reputable agency especially because I live in the USA and was unable to attend to my father full-time 24/7. Home Care Assistance Gold Coast not only met our expectations, but far exceeded them. Their level of care and competency enabled my frail father from needing 2 people to assist him at any given time, to him being independent with only minimal assistance required. Dad was essentially able to be independent in his activities of daily living in a matter of 7 months. That was amazing given that all of the health care professionals at the hospital had no hope for him, and in fact, strongly pushed for dad to be placed in a nursing home. Through Dad’s sheer will and the compassion and competence of Diane and Tina at Home Care Assistance, Dad beat the odds. That, in and of itself, is a miracle. And the peace of mind my parents and I had was priceless. Michelle and her professional team have become like family to all of us. We got to know them very well, and each of them has a heart of gold.

I would not want to wish any loved ones to suffer the way my parents did, but if they are and they need superior home care, I would reach out and secure the services of Home Care Assistance Gold Coast, without reservations.

With eternal gratitude to Michelle. Diane, and Tina.

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