Growing Older Doesn't Have to Be Scary:
But quite frankly it is. Losing the ability to care for oneself can not only be a risk to personal safety, but it is difficult to come to terms with mentally and emotionally. Often its left to the children to broach the subject of Mum and or Dad needing home care, - this can be a daunting prospect but can be made more comfortable and more effective by careful research and planning.
Sometimes I get an unexpected and timely reminder of why we started a Home Care business – and just what a difference the knowledge and connections of a truly local provider can make to people in the community.
Today was one of those days!
Are you all set for your NDIS plan meeting?
These are now underway here on the Sunshine Coast, so this is just a last minute - but critical reminder to remember the little things in your plan, those things that most people don't want to talk about.
By little I'm talking about the things that you may have overlooked but can add up to a significant amount in your NDIS plan. Have you given enough thought to some items that you currently access through MASS - (Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme) but once you have your NDIS plan will be paid for out of your budget?
Currently, the government provides two tiers of service to assist people in staying in their own home –
the Community Home Support Program and the four levels of Home Care Packages.
The goal is that this support will enable people to remain living in their own home – rather than having to enter an Aged Care Facility / Nursing Home.
While this sounds great – the reality is proving to be less than ideal for those with a burning desire to
stay in their own home. There are some current issues that can – and do – result in people having to enter a facility despite their best efforts to stay in their home.
The waiting game
- someone may choose to wait as long as possible before entering the system, and by the time they reach out for help – there is then a further wait to be assessed for support and to have a Home Care Package allocated. It’s not as simple as calling up the My Aged Care team and having someone on your doorstep within the week – or in fact in some cases within weeks or months. Even once assessed you will most likely then be placed in the ‘queue’ and allocated a package when one becomes available.
- Once a Home Care Package is available you then need to do the ‘leg work’ to find your provider. This means comparing services on "https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/my aged care" website – and numerous phone calls/internet searches to locate the right provider for you, and then the process of signing up with your provider before your care gets started.
- The cost – support comes at a cost, and this comes as a shock to some people while the care is heavily subsidised everybody pays a contribution towards their care - it is still going to hurt the hip pocket, particularly for those with above average income and assets.
? is it enough – a level 4 package
A lot of people find it very stressful to acknowledge that they need the assistance, and then taking the next step in actually allowing carers through the door can be very daunting. So how can you help your parents / loved ones to come to terms with having in home support ? how do you help them adjust ?
When someone first needs care they are usually dealing with loss; loss of independence to some degree, it could be a physical or mental loss of capacity or they just see needing help as a sign of weakness.
Leslie helped her mum and dad downsize to their little cottage. Both 70, at the time, they were fit for their age. But, mum wanted less housework and dad a smaller yard. Now, at 75, mum has Parkinson's disease,and Leslie is over 50 with two kids in college. Leslie is a Purchasing Manager looking forward to travel with her husband Mick at retirement. But, now Leslie worries about mum and dad being home alone without home care services.
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with Kathy and Alexi. Gone are the days of mashed veges dished out with an ice cream scoop - their meals are delicious! Did you know each Meals on Wheels is a separate entity, so meals can vary from one to another.
The St. Lucia team take great pride in planning, preparing and delivering fresh, wholesome and delicious home cooked meals to their clients - served hot and ready to eat. In addition to this
they provide perhaps the most important ingredient - a friendly hello and check in for the people they serve.
What an innovative and forward thinking organisation, who are changing the perception of what it means to have Meals on Wheels. With a strong focus on 'quality and consistency' they have a varied menu with something that will please everyone.
Food Delivery Services,
Brisbane Inner City