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Queen of Clean http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog We clean up to lessen the pain, reduce the trauma and help families and friends move on. Tue, 14 Dec 2010 07:42:54 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.3 When a life partner passes away… http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=178 http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=178#comments Tue, 14 Dec 2010 07:42:54 +0000 Queen of Clean http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=178
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Sometimes, Clean Queens is called to assist after a client has had a fall. This is usually an elderly person, who needs emergency help and calls the NSW Ambulance service.

The client then spends some time recovering in hospital and when they are ready to go home the OT’s and social workers step in to make sure home is all safe, clean and ready for their arrival.

We are currently cleaning for ‘Beryl’, a very trusting sweet 68-year-old woman in this situation.

When I first went to view Beryl’s home, I could only walk down the hallway. I couldn’t view the “L” shaped lounge and had no idea there was a sun-room or a third bedroom. Piles of clothing in the bathroom were level with the toilet and somewhere there was a bath with a separate shower.

After a few days work, we can now see the carpet in a few rooms and the original 1950′s lino. We have meet Beryl’s neighbors and it’s starting to break my heart that this sweet lady has been living in such poor conditions and no one has been inside, reported it to the local priest or been in the position to do anything to help.

We have started to piece together what may have started this sad turn of events. It looks like she had been nursing her late husband through an illness. With his passing, life for Beryl changed irrecovably. Then depression followed.

The loss of a partner, when someone has been married for many years, can trigger a strong depression.

In addition to obvious feelings of sadness and grief, the death of a partner in old age might herald the first time in years that an elderly person has lived alone, without companionship, and this can be an extremely daunting and lonely prospect for an aging person.
- Associated Counsellors and Psychologists Sydney website

If you or someone you know has a loved one facing these issues, please make sure you look in on them, call, visit or suggest a walk. How are they

 
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Is our community spirit dying too? http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=169 http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=169#comments Sat, 11 Dec 2010 08:27:04 +0000 Queen of Clean http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=169
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Today

 
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A permanent answer to a temporary problem http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=163 http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=163#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 08:34:28 +0000 Queen of Clean http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=163
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Over the years we get a lot of suicides.

 
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Who you gonna call…? http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=149 http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=149#comments Fri, 03 Dec 2010 07:41:04 +0000 Queen of Clean http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=149
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Yesterday Clean Queens

 
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Quick bucks cost lives… http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=140 http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=140#comments Wed, 01 Dec 2010 03:15:06 +0000 Queen of Clean http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=140
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This is a very sad but true story and it is happening every day in Australia in all industries. The Sydney Morning Herald ran this story back in September and I’ve been meaning to get this on on the blog ever since.

This article ‘Silent victims of cut-price industry‘ is essentially about Australian businesses cutting costs. Mr Myung Yeol Hwang, an illegal immigrant, had worked in the tilling industry for the last 12 years. His cheap labour cost him his life.

Insurances, wages and taxes are the three main expenses in any business if you are doing it right and legal. Unfortunately, there is a growing trend towards taking on unskilled workers and cutting corners to cut costs, and

 
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Unit sale bought more than expected… http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=133 http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=133#comments Sun, 28 Nov 2010 07:52:51 +0000 Queen of Clean http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=133
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Last week Clean Queens received a call from two brothers – Adam and Sean (not their real names).

 
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It’s a messy, messy world out there… http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=115 http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=115#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 08:35:46 +0000 Queen of Clean http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=115
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For those of you working in the restaurant industry, when you dine out, I’m sure you can’t help noticing

 
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flowers covered in blood http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=104 http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=104#comments Sat, 11 Sep 2010 02:16:12 +0000 Queen of Clean http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=104
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Clean Queens was called this morning to attend a forensic clean at a

 
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No place like home…a Licensed Boarding House http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=86 http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=86#comments Thu, 09 Sep 2010 08:58:14 +0000 Queen of Clean http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=86
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We deal with a certain type of property

 
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Dispensing more than medicine… http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=70 http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=70#comments Sun, 05 Sep 2010 04:32:41 +0000 Queen of Clean http://www.cleanqueens.com.au/blog/?p=70
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Clean Queens

 
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