Am I eligible for Home Care?
The Australian Government is encouraging seniors to remain independent and comfortable in their own homes for as long as they can, hence why new reforms were introduced this year to give seniors more choice when it comes to what provider they enlist to carry out their home care and the services they decide are important to their quality of life.
How do you know if you are eligible for help? You will need to undertake an assessment conducted by the government body MyAgedCare. Each government programme or package has broad eligibility criteria, these requirements might include a minimum age and a decreased ability to perform basic daily living tasks without help.
Having an assessment might feel daunting, however it is the government’s way of finding out how much help and the kind of care and services you require and are eligible for. Rest assured that during the assessment, your assessor will listen and consider your wishes and you aren’t made to make decisions about your future care on the spot.
Questions that will arise when you begin the process of seeking assistance include what support are you receiving at the moment, what are your health concerns, your ability to manage activities around your home and safety within your home. You may then be eligible to have a comprehensive assessment undertaken at your home.
If you are found eligible for a Home Care package and know your deemed level of support, what next? Each level of home care package provides a different subsidy amount. The subsidy contributes to the total cost of your services and care delivery. This may include for example: basic support such as cooking, cleaning and gardening; allied health for example physiotherapy etc; transport to medical appointments or social outings; and for those with higher needs – nursing care such as dementia specific services, monitoring blood pressure, medication and pain management etc.