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!
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