Chronic Disease Management

Chronic Disease Management

CHRONIC ILLNESS SUPPORT AT HOME THAT OFFERS COMFORT AND HOPE

CHRONIC ILLNESS AND DIFFICULT MEDICAL CONDITIONS AFFECT NOT ONLY YOU OR A LOVED ONE, THEY AFFECT THE WHOLE FAMILY. IT IMPACTS DAILY LIFE AND ITS EFFECTS CAN CASCADE THROUGH TO THE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES.

Vitalis works and stands with you, your doctors and your family to ensure your specific needs are managed holistically, with care and compassion. This can be a difficult time. You need to know that people with expertise and experience are looking out for you and know the right questions to ask at the right time.

When chronic illness needs specialised care, Vitalis is there. We want you to stay at home, remain independent and live life to the full as long as possible.

LOSS OF MOBILITY

ABOUT 40% OF PEOPLE OVER THE AGE OF 70 HAVE EXPERIENCED A FALL.

Along with falls, changes in mobility can affect walking, getting in and out of chairs, muscle strength, joint mobility and comfort — this puts enormous pressure on your confidence to live independently, and is a major factor in premature admission to nursing homes. Prevention is paramount.

Vitalis care solutions are focused on helping you back to strength, confidence and independence so you can continue to live a rich and full life.

DIMINISHED SENSES

LOSSES OF HEARING, VISION, TASTE, SMELL OR TOUCH ARE ALL COMMON FACTORS OF AGEING AND OFTEN LEAVE YOU FEELING VULNERABLE, WITHDRAWN AND DIMINISHING YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE.

Vitalis works with you to assess your level of impairment and areas of need. We arrange specialist appointments for you and help you with the activities of sustain your life all the way up to doing the things that bring you happiness.

Sometimes the fear of loss, such as impaired sight or diminished hearing, can undermine your confidence, and keep you from doing the things you love. We will help you find creative ways to get you out and about living your best life for as long as possible.

DIABETES

AROUND 1 IN 20 AUSTRALIANS SUFFER FROM DIABETES.

Diabetes can be difficult to manage without the right support and education, and if left uncontrolled can lead to serious complications, such as blindness, kidney disease and nerve damage.

Working closely with your doctors, Vitalis nurses monitor symptoms and manage any complications, improving your overall quality of life. Depending on the type of diabetes, with support and encouragement it is possible to significantly slow the onset and progression of diabetes.

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HEART DISEASE

THERE ARE ANY NUMBER OF DISEASES THAT AFFECT THE HEART.

Symptoms can range from shortness of breath and irregular heartbeats, to swelling of the limbs and heart failure. It is critical to promote heart health and care for any heart problems as soon as symptoms appear. Managing heart disease can prevent minor symptoms from developing into serious complications.

A Vitalis designed home care program works closely with your doctors to reduce symptoms, and provide educational and emotional support.

STROKE

WHEN YOU SUFFER A STROKE COMMON DAILY ACTIVITIES CAN SUDDENLY BECOME EXTREMELY DIFFICULT.

Speech, movement, vision and swallowing are often impaired, and along with it you experience enormous emotional stress as your independence suddenly disappears.

Vitalis work closely with doctors and allied health providers, to help you manage the effects, symptoms and complications from a stroke, with the time of helping you regain as much function and independence as possible and provide emotional support to help you find hope and move forward.

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE & DEMENTIA

DEMENTIA IS A PROGRESSIVE DEGENERATIVE DISEASE THAT CAN CAUSES DETERIORATION IN COGNITIVE FUNCTION.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Symptoms include:

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Altered behaviour

Many dementia sufferers find ways to manage this disease and still continue their daily routines with the guidance and care of a skilled and experienced nursing assistant. In some cases, with appropriate interventions, the speed and progression of the disease can even be slowed.

Our role is to assist in reducing the risks associated with dementia and to provide support and understanding for you and your loved ones.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE

PARKINSON'S DISEASE IS A MANAGEABLE CONDITION. WHAT STARTS WITH A TREMOR IN YOUR HANDS AND LIMBS, CAN EVENTUALLY DEVELOP INTO A SLOWING OR COMPLETE LOSS OF MOVEMENT.

The experience and progression of Parkinson’s is different from person to person, so management will also vary.

The Vitalis experience is that good management is a combination of medication, emotional support and regular exercise to improve the symptoms and manage any complications.

OSTEOPOROSIS

OVER A MILLION AUSTRALIANS ARE EFFECTED BY OSTEOPOROSIS. SOMETHING AS SMALL AS A MINOR BUMP OR FALL CAN CAUSE A SERIOUS FRACTURE AS BONES BECOME THINNER AND LOSE DENSITY. THE MOST COMMON SITES ARE THE HIP, SPINE AND WRIST.

Osteoporosis is often called the silent disease as it has no symptoms. Our care regime for this disease aims is to assist you to move safely around your environment, and to prevent injuries. Through diet and light exercise we also help improve your bone strength.

MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE

MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE, ALSO CALLED LOU GEHRIG’S DISEASE, IS A NEUROLOGICAL CONDITION.

It often progresses rapidly, impairs control of the voluntary muscles of the trunk and limbs. As you may experience difficultly with mobility, speech, swallowing and breathing, Vitalis Health will be there, supporting you with qualified, expert nurses and carers, to make your life as comfortable as possible.


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