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International Week of the Deaf with Right at Home Australia

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Right at Home Australia's premier homecare provider and disability support provider reminds us that September 23rd is International Day of Sign Languages, an important part of the International Week of the Deaf.

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 23 September as the International Day of Sign Languages in order to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf. The resolution establishing the day acknowledges that early access to sign language and services in sign language, including quality education available in sign language, is vital to the growth and development of the deaf individual and critical to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals. It recognizes the importance of preserving sign languages as part of linguistic and cultural diversity. It also emphasizes the principle of “nothing about us without us” in terms of working with deaf communities.

Did you know that globally, deaf people collectively use more than 300 sign languages? The Deafness Forum of Australia explains that sign languages are natural languages that are structurally different from spoken languages. The Forum estimates that 73% of Australians aged over 70 have mild to severe hearing loss. This percentage rises as age increases. As many as 85% of people in nursing homes are typically hearing impaired.

Many older people who would benefit from hearing aids wait six to 10 years before speaking to their health care professional. People need motivation to seek and then persevere in the use of hearing aids. Gentle encouragement by carers can help, and that is where Right at Home can step in. The willingness of carers to assist hearing impaired people in managing their hearing aids is critical for older people who quite commonly have reduced finger and arm dexterity or reduced vision. Right at Home is a trusted homecare provider that assists the elderly and those living with a disability in their own homes. We design our care and support around our clients who are at the centre of everything we do. We develop a customised care plan around assessed needs and ensure that the care delivered is designed to 'improve the quality of life for those we serveTM'  

If you or someone you love, needs support to maintain their independence and continue living at home think about organising in-home care. To learn more about Right at Home, home care services, contact us today.

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Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care, and assistance to seniors (elderly and aged care), and any adult who needs our care at home including adults living with a disability who want to continue to live independently or age in their home. Right at Home is your local expert for issues related to caring for your loved ones and is dedicated to keeping you informed about home care. With no admin or subscription fees Right at Home allows you to get more care from your package or budget. 

Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and offers flexible in-home care services such as nursing care, after hospital care, post-operative care, respite care, dementia and Alzheimer's care. Right at Home also offers assistance with daily living and personal care such as grooming, hygiene, transport, shopping, meal prep, domestic services and social support, so your loved one can enjoy a more independent, vibrant life. Our nurses and caregivers are screened, highly trained, and insured prior to entering your home so you can trust us with the caregiving while you focus on your loved one. 

To find out more, please give us a call on 1300 363 802 or visit our website. 

Right at Home Offices in Australia: Adelaide Central; Brisbane Bayside; Brisbane North; Brisbane South; Brisbane West; Central Queensland & Wide Bay; Darling Downs; Far North Queensland; Gold Coast North; Gold Coast South; Greater Logan; Mackay; Moreton Bay Region; Noosa, Gympie & Hinterland; Sunshine Coast; Townsville; Central West New South Wales; Gosford; Hunter & Port Stephens; Macarthur Penrith; Newcastle; Northern Rivers; Padstow St George; Southern NSW; Sydney Central & Eastern Suburbs; Sydney Inner West; Sydney Liverpool; Sydney Lower North Shore; Sydney Norwest; Sydney Northern Beaches; Sydney Parramatta; Sydney Ryde; Sydney The Hills; Sydney Upper North Shore; Kalgoorlie Wheatbelt; Perth Como; Perth Midland; Perth Northern Suburbs; Perth West Coast; Southwest Victoria 

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