Poster presentation for he 2018 the Australian Association of Gerontology conference

From the moment we are born we are ageing. By the time people reach their senior years there can be many aspects about ageing that are satisfying: reflecting on a life of productivity, more leisure time, opportunities to travel, witnessing the developments of family and maybe taking up a hobby or two.

Ageing well is focussing on health and wellbeing no matter what your age is. It's about treating or preventing conditions that might negatively effect your ability to live a full and rich life. Ageing well is also about taking care of your psychological and emotional health.

As much as we might try and stay fit and healthy, ageing in the latter half of life can present some challenges. When people are in their seventies, eighties and nineties it can be common for changes and losses to occur in relation to one's body and also to one's circumstances, for instance the death of a spouse or a reduced network of special friends.

You might not have thought about counselling before but it can help at these times. It is not a sign of weakness talking to a counsellor or mean that you are going  'crazy'. You might have dealt ably with many challenges in your life but circumstances now might feel like they are on a scale not experienced before - and if you have survived a war then that's saying something!

"Thank you Felicity for giving me back control over my own life. 'Per aspera at astra' - Through hardships to the stars!" Inge - senior citizen

Experiencing frustration, loss, low mood, confusion, lonliness, anxieties and just not feeling yourself are all experiences that can benefit from counselling and Your Storyline counsellors are experts in supporting older adults navigate such challenges.

Needing support at this time is nothing to feel ashamed about and our experienced counsellors will work with you so that you can feel better about yourself and your life - with more confidence and peace of mind - even if your circumstances stay the same.

This service is also sensitive to how ageism can affect older adults by having them feel like a burden or negatively affect their ability to age well. Your Storyline counsellors are passionate advocates for senior wellbeing and addressing injustices on an individual and societal level.

We look forward to listening to you and supporting you in a way that is dignifying, relevant, comfortable and affordable! For more details please see the services page.

Home Visits - Not Related to a Village Partnership

If your visit is to a dwelling that is not related to the selected partnerships that have been developed with retirement villages, but is still in the east of Adelaide, then the consult will be at the standard rate. But concessions are available if you hold a pensioner card. Please contact Felicity for more information. Please note that bulk billing is only available for residents of retirement villages that have partnered with Your Storyline.







Home Visits - Retirement Village Partnerships

Your Storyline is proud to offer a specialized consulting service to retirement villages in the east of Adelaide. Through partnership with Your Storyline your village can support the psychological, social and emotional health of all of your residents - and FREE OF CHARGE! That's a great 'value add' for your village.

When seniors are supported through counselling or coaching they can feel more confident and have more peace of mind. This service can assist with common issues such as sleeping problems, social isolation, low mood or anxieties, the impact of loss of independance to identity and self esteem, family and relationship issues, adjusting to village life, the death of a loved one, carer responsibilities, and interests to get the most out of life.

Your Storyline counsellors work from a range of evidence based interventions and are highly skilled at relating effectively to older adults to improve their wellbeing. Because this service has access to experienced mental health practitioners, it is able to offer a Medicare subsidized service through the Better Access Initiative. Your Storyline chooses not to charge a gap for village residents. Please see the services page or contact Felicity today to learn more about this fabulous BULK BILLED service!







Felicity delivering one of her complimentary Wellbeing Talks to residents of Retire Australia

Resident Consultancy Package

Felicity offers a 'resident consultancy package' to address psychological and emotional distress in residents of facilities settings - but only for facilities in the Eastern suburbs of Adelaide.

Due to the often complex issues surrounding older adults in a facility setting - and the need to liaise with a number of other parties - this service requires an initial assesment  visit by Felicity Chapman before a Mental Health Care Plan is established or any other subsequent services are put in place.

The 'resident consultancy package' is a flat fee of $200 payable within 10 days of the assessment visit to the resident. The initial assessment package includes: a 30 minute visit to the resident, up to 30minutes discussion with family and/or carer staff and a single page report to the referring person (family, clinical nurse or GP).

Following this it might be suitable for a Mental Health Care Plan to be established so that a Your Storyline counsellor can provide tailored psychotherapy according to the resident's needs and abilities. This psychological service is BULK BILLED. Please see the services page or contact Felicity today to learn more.

Please note, however, that as at writing this in April 2018 Medicare still prohibit mental health clinicians from servicing government funded residents in Australia. Only fully self funded residents are currently able to access a Medicare subsidized counselling service via a Mental Health Care Plan. This is an injustice that the Council of the Ageing and the Australian Association of Social Workers are actively trying to address.



Advocacy and Evolution of Aged Care Services and the Medicare Injustice



2016: Felicity's email to Council of the Ageing (COTA) re Medicare injustice

2017: COTAs petition campaign started in January re Medicare injustice

2017: Australian Association of Social Work's (AASW) letter to the Honourable Greg Hunt re Medicare injustice

2017: AASW pre-budget submission, page 5, 'Medicare, mental health and services for older people.'

2018: Felicity's speech re Medicare injustice when launching Counselling & Psychotherapy with Older People in Care on World Social Work Day

2018: Felicity's letter to SA Mental Health Commissioner re Medicare injustice, co-signed by President of the AASWSA Dr Mary Hood and requested by the Commissioner after the launch

2018: Federal budget and, "$83 million to address the drastic shortage of mental health services in residential aged care facilities."

2018: COTA's Federal budget summary

2018: Australian Ageing Agenda's Federal budget summary




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