It may seem straight forward on the surface but knowing when to consider in home care can be a challenge. Care needs can change rapidly, for example following an injury, giving clear indication that home care will be of value, but things like changes in eating habits, memory loss, changes to energy levels or difficulty with daily tasks are also signs that extra assistance could help. If you notice any of these changes to your loved one’s abilities, our team at Home Care Assistance Newcastle are only a phone call away. Find out how we can ensure they can live an easier and more fulfilled life at home.
At Home Care Assistance Newcastle, we exist to support your ageing loved ones to continue to live well at home. Research shows that 80% of older Australians prefer to age in the comfort of their own home rather than an aged care facility*. We are here to ensure this clear preference is made possible in a way that supports their independence and safety.
For many families, raising the issue of having Care Workers in the home can be met with some initial resistance. Our compassionate team at Home Care Assistance Newcastle have the experience and knowledge to support you with strategies to help alleviate any concerns or fears your loved one may have about in-home care. Making the transition to receiving support at home can be a challenge for some, but we are here to make it easier for everyone.
Some people choose to simply pay privately for Home Care, however there are also government funding options that fully or partially support your in home care needs such as Home Care Packages, the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and Carer Gateway respite.
If you know that your care needs are urgent, will only be needed for a short time or perhaps you prefer not to involve government agencies in assessing your needs, then paying privately can be the simplest method to fund care requirements. All services at Home Care Assistance Newcastle can be provided on a competitive cost per hour basis to help you access the care you need simply and quickly.
Government funded and tailored to your needs, Home Care packages can cover more complex medical support needs as well as help with daily living activities such as meal preparation, personal care or tending to the garden. For Aged Pensioners, these packages can be fully subsidised, so there is no out of pocket cost.
The CHSP funds services to support Australians over the age of 65 to access entry-level support services that help them to live independently and safely at home. Whilst these services are subsidised, they will generally involve a small contribution to access. Services funded by the CHSP can be a great option while waiting for your Home Care Package to be allocated.
As a family Carer, there is a lot of responsibility on your shoulders. The Carer Gateway is a wonderful resource giving you peace of mind that there is backup for when you are suddenly unable to give care or support e.g. you are ill or injured. Phone 1800 422 737 to learn more.
The first step is to call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or apply for an assessment online.
To complete the online assessment, you will need Medicare card details and to nominate the primary contact person. The primary contact will be required for a face-to-face meeting to better understand their support needs. You can find out more about the types of assessments, what happens, and how best to prepare for it here.
Once you have established your funding, be it private or government subsidised, our Home Care Assistance Newcastle team will work alongside you and your loved one to create an individualised plan focused on a full life experience. Call us today.