How to Get Help for the Elderly in Their Own Home
One of the greatest struggles as people get older can be the loss of independence that comes when health or mobility issues make it difficult for someone to live on their own. Thankfully, there are options that allow the elderly to get the help and care they need – without giving up the comfort and familiarity of their own home.
There are a number of government-funded options that offer assistance to older people to help make the option of staying home as they age a reality. These programs require an assessment as to a person’s eligibility. This is done via ‘My Aged Care’, who can be contacted via their website, or phone 1800 200 422.
Who Is at-home help for?
In-home assistance is for those who prefer to live independently but need some help with day-to-day tasks to assist them to live in a healthy and fulfilling way.
In-home assistance does not have to be a permanent solution and can also be accessed by those who have a short-term disability such as an injury or require rehabilitation after a hospital stay.
What Services are Provided?
Home Care Packages are provided based on four levels of need ranging from basic need to high-level care. The individual services included in a package will vary based on the assessed needs of the individual receiving them. Some of the services provided include the following:
- Personal care- bathing, showering, dressing
- Nutrition – cooking, meal prep, and feeding
- Transport – shopping, errands, and health care appointments
- Wound care – changing bandages, cleaning
- Clinical services (for those with high-level care needs) – hearing, vision, speech therapy, physical therapy.
There are also other options available through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme. More information about these services can be found on the My Aged Care website.
What Does it Cost?
Cost is subsidised based on income eligibility, and will vary from person to person.
Who Provides Services?
Anglican Care is an innovative community and aged care provider that has been operating since 1956, and has a skilled and caring staff available to provide all four levels of in-home support. We have a variety of options available for older people wanting to stay at home through our Anglican Care HomeLife / Home Care services.
Helping keep people who want to remain as independent as possible in their own homes is a key component of Anglican Care, and we would be happy to discuss these services in more detail. Contact us today to find out how you or your loved one can get the care you need in the comfort of your own home. We are also happy to assist you to navigate theMy Aged Care system to obtain an assessment.