HOME CARE PACKAGES

Moving into residential aged care isn’t the only option for elderly Australians who find it difficult to comfortably manage daily life tasks on their own. A Home Care Package can assist you or your loved one to remain independent and receive the support you need to live safely and comfortably at home for as long as you can.

Home Care Package funds can be used to help you live your best life at home. A major benefit of a Home Care Package allocation is being able to live independently at home without constantly relying on the support of family. Home Care Packages are tailored to cover the costs related to your or your loved one’s specific needs.

Depending on the Home Care Package level you are assigned, services may include any of the following:

MEDICAL CARE

Visits from a registered nurse who can provide medical attention for chronic conditions. Service providers can also help with medication management and wound care. The service provider may be a registered nurse or a qualified carer, depending on the duties they perform.

PERSONAL CARE AND GROOMING

Regular visits to assist with personal care and grooming, including showering.

HOME ADMINISTRATION

Help to keep track of household paperwork, pay bills, and minimise the impact of deteriorating eyesight when completing administrative tasks

CHORES AND HOUSEKEEPING

Household cleaning, washing dishes, doing laundry, changing bed linen and general tidying.

GARDEN MAINTENANCE

Light gardening tasks that the individual could previously carry out themselves but can no longer do safely. E.g., lawn mowing, weeding of established garden beds and yard clearance where there are issues of safety and access. More extensive gardening is the responsibility of the homeowner.

SOCIAL SUPPORT AND COMPANIONSHIP

Not everyone has the luxury of visiting their elderly parents at home every week, so living independently can become lonely for seniors. Home carers can simply drop in for a cup of tea, to provide companionship and to help a care recipient stay connected in the community. A carer can also research local activities for seniors and organise the appropriate transport to and from these events.

ACCESS TO THE NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is Australia’s national scheme for people with disability.
They can:

• Connect people with disability to supports in their local community

• Provide funding for eligible people with disability

The government organisation that delivers the NDIS is called the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). The NDIA is responsible for deciding whether you are eligible for the NDIS and, if so, what supports they fund, based on the laws for the NDIS. They deliver the NDIS together with community-based organisations across Australia.

• Local area coordinators work with all people with disability, not just NDIS participants. For most people, if you’re 9 or older, a local area coordinator will be your main point of contact for the NDIS.

• Early childhood partners are local organisations who deliver our early childhood approach on behalf of the NDIS. They have experience and clinical expertise in working with young children with developmental concerns, developmental delay or disability and their families

NDIS provide funding for reasonable and necessary supports to people with a permanent and significant disability. They can also provide funding if they have evidence that early access to supports means you’ll need less supports later. This can be done for both children and adults. If you apply to the NDIS and you are eligible, you’ll become a participant. They will work with you

If you’re finding it challenging to manage day-to-day tasks at home SCH can assist by providing a referral to the Australian Government’s My Aged Care Assessment Team. Please complete the form below if you would like SCH to assist you.

nurse and happy senior woman with cane smiling each other in nursing home