The Australian Government assists with many different types of Aged Care services to help your family member stay at home for as long as possible.
For many people facing the need for assistance as they age, the thought of moving into care (often without their spouse) can be daunting and often they won’t want to go.
Staying as independent as possible is important for the wellbeing of your loved one. It is also in the best interest of the Government for your loved to receive in-home care as our country faces a huge Aged Care crisis due to our rapidly ageing population.
There are a few different options for your loved one that can help them stay at home for as long as possible. This is inclusive of low to medium care options as well as stimulus packages for those caring for someone who wishes to stay at home. All packages can be navigated by Balance Aged Care Specialists to find the one that best suits your loved one’s needs.
Some Government-subsided Aged Care Services are listed below:
Home Care Package
If your loved one is at a low care stage and simply needs help with a few household chores like cleaning and preparing meals or transportation to the shops or doctors a Home Care package may be the best option.
Home and Community Care
Stepping up in care from the Home Care package just slightly, this package assists with most daily tasks as well as providing basic daily care.
Day Therapy Centres
Day Therapy Centres offer a range of different therapies to help your loved one stay in their home as long as possible.
If you are a person aged 65 years and over, or identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person over 50 years of age, you may be eligible for day therapy.
Transition Care Program
When you have been in hospital, often the most desirable place to go when you leave is to your own home. During the period of time it takes for your loved one to recover the Transition Care Program can help, allowing them to go home rather than into care.
Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged
If your loved one is renting or has a large mortgage on their home, making repayments on the home while spending money on medical bills can be stressful. The ‘Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged’ program may be able to assist.
Extended Aged Care at Home
Just like Aged Care but at home, this package assists your loved one with everything they need and would receive in an Aged Care facility.
Extended Aged Care at Home for Dementia Patients
Dementia is a progressive disease and during the beginning stages of this disease your loved one is eligible to receive home assistance to help them stay in their home until it becomes unsafe to do so.
National Respite for Carers Program
Caring for someone can be very rewarding however it does include its challenges and a significant financial burden. If you are caring for a person who needs help with various tasks at home whether it is full time or part time you may be eligible to receive either financial assistance or respite help.
If you are unsure which of these packages is the best one for your loved one to apply for Balance Aged Care Specialists specialize in Aged Care and are able to help you successfully navigate this system and find the best options for you. Contact us to book an appointment today.
Posted: 10-Jun-2014. Author: Jordie Cox
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