LinkPETS getting Brutus off the couch!

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Brutus is a big, bold and beautiful French Mastiff x Staffordshire Terrier who lives with Libby his owner.

Libby is visually impaired and finds it difficult to exercise Brutus. However, Libby was keen to change this and registered with the LinkPETS program to see if someone could help.

Brutus has since been matched with two newly retired, pet-loving volunteers and he is now officially off the couch and getting the exercise he desperately needs!

Libby has seen first hand the difference that LinkPETS has made to their lives.

“LinkPETS is a fantastic service, and the volunteer dog walkers are amazing and have their own special bond with my baby”.

It’s not only dogs that the LinkPETS program can help with – we also care for cats too! Our volunteers can assist with cat clean-ups, basic grooming and general support to help people care for their pet.

Do you or someone you know, need help caring for their pet? For more information, please call our LinkPETS Coordinator on 1300 552 509 or via www.linkhc.org.au

 

Five Easy Ways to a Healthier New Year

Traditional New Year’s Resolutions can seem fun to make with a never ending list of possibilities, but in reality, they are often extremely difficult to maintain throughout the year. At the end of January we often find ourselves having already given up or struggling to keep up with the expectations of our resolutions.  However, even though 2017 is flying by and January is almost at an end, it is never too late to make 2017 a healthier year.

To assist, we’ve put together five worthy ways to help you on your way to a healthier new you. If it’s easier, pick one and try it on for size. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel today and hopefully every day. Good health!

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There are many benefits of participating in physical activity.  Even people living with severe health problems can still get involved.  Some of the known health benefits include a healthy heart, stronger muscles, improved movement, more energy, improved sleep, better balance and coordination and a greater ability to do everyday activities. Start by enjoying a short walk with friends or getting out into the garden.  Keep it simple and build from there.

Moderation and eat well

Weight loss isn’t the only reason to change eating habits. Sometimes eating healthier simply makes us feel happier and better. Be mindful at meal times and tune in to what you’re eating (instead of being distracted by your phone/TV) to help you stop eating when you’re feeling full. Also there is a link between how we feel and how we eat. Figure out what kind of eater you are and whether you look to food for comfort in times of anger, boredom, stress or sadness. Swap that bag of chips for some luscious summer berries- yum!

Manage your mental and emotional health

dollarphotoclub_30729042mandalaEveryone experiences ups and downs and our responses to these challenging times are rarely the same.

When we are experiencing difficult emotions, it’s good to know what things work to help you get through more difficult times.  Some people may be living with mental health concerns and can benefit from accessing support to assist with their own health needs. Link HC offers a range of mental health and wellbeing programs from counselling services, psychology services, family support services, family violence, addiction recovery, mindfulness programs, gambling programs and Tai Chi to support and improve mental health and wellbeing. Asking for help is a sign of strength.

Prevent new & manage existing health problems

It is important that everyone gets regular health checks. They are useful to identify any early signs of possible health issues and to manage any problems before they become bigger issues. Many factors, such as a person’s age, health, family history and lifestyle choices, impact how often you require health checks.

Take medications / supplements as prescribed

For some people, taking medication or using supplements can be an important part of managing their health and wellbeing.  Particularly in the case of long term health conditions, the medications may not cure the condition, but will help manage the impact of the condition.

It’s really important that you inform your health and medical care providers about what you are taking, tell your doctors if you are worried about the effects medications are having or want to make any changes.

Link HC provides a wide range of physical activity groups, dietitians and General Practitioners who can provide free health checks. We also have mental health and wellbeing programs. For more information, please call 1300 552 509 or via www.linkhc.org.au

Rockytoo still gets his walks, thanks to the special LinkPETS program

Rockytoo (pictured above), is an excitable two year old border collie owned by Jennie and Bob, and they have all been part of the LinkPETS program for more than 18 months.

Unfortunately Bob suffers from severe health conditions and relies on Jennie to be his full time carer. However Jennie has significant health issues too, having undergone three knee replacements which limits her ability to walk her beloved dog.

Rockytoo requires regular exercise and the LinkPETS program has been able to provide accredited volunteers to walk him on a regular basis. LinkPETS provides pet-loving volunteers to people who are finding it difficult to fully care for their pet because of their age, frailty, ill-health or disability.

“This program has been invaluable to both Bob and I. Through the love of our dog, we have met some wonderful people that are generous with their time and support, so that we still feel part of the community”
– says Jennie.

Since joining the LinkPETS program, Jennie has been able to develop strong and lasting friendships with her volunteers.

Jennie says people should spread the word about LinkPETS to anyone who may need extra help in caring for their pet.

Currently the program has plenty of ready and willing volunteers, but not enough pet owners asking for help.

If you know somebody that needs support caring for their pet, please contact Sarah Burton, LinkPETS Coordinator on 8822 8309.