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Aged Care Services List: What services are available through My Aged Care?

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My Aged Care is the starting point to access Australian Government-funded aged care services. The phone line and website can help older Australians, their families and carers to get the help and support they need. Here is a summary list of aged care services based on their website (myagedcare.gov.au)

 

Aged Care Services List: What services are available through my aged care?

  1. Homecare
  2. Short-term Care
  3. Aged Care Homes

Home Care

Home care is care that allows a person with special needs to stay in their home. It might be for people who are getting older (aging in place). It could also be for people who are chronically ill, recovering from surgery, or disabled. Home care services include:

Meals and other food services 
Help to ensure you continue to eat well, for example:

  • meal delivery
  • assistance with food preparation
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Personal care services 
Help to maintain your personal hygiene and grooming, for example:

  • bathing
  • taking medication
  • getting in and out of bed

Nursing care services
At-home help to treat and monitor those with medical conditions.

Allied health / therapy services
Help to maintain movement and mobility, for example:

  • podiatry
  • occupational therapy
  • physiotherapy

Specialised support services
Help for people with a particular condition, e.g. poor vision, dementia

Domestic assistance
Help to keep your living space clean and livable, for example:

  • general house cleaning
  • clothes washing and ironing
  • shopping

Home maintenance services
Help to keep your home and garden in a safe condition, for example:

  • fixing uneven flooring
  • installing a security light
  • clearing the yard of debris

Home modification services
Help to increase or maintain your ability to move around your home, for example:

  • grab rails
  • ramps
  • accessible bathroom redesign
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Goods, equipment and assistive technology
Help with mobility, communication, reading, and personal care limitations, for example:

  • robotic vacuum cleaners
  • shower chairs
  • walking frames

Assistance with care and housing 
Linking to housing and care services for people experiencing homelessness.

Transport services 
Help to get you out and about to appointments and community activities, for example:

  • driver service
  • travel vouchers and subsidies

Social support services 
Help to remain social and take part in community life, for example:

  • in-home social calls
  • phone and internet communication services
  • group social activities

 

Short-term Care

Respite care for the elderly is a shortterm stay at a senior living community. It is often suggested for seniors who are recovering from a hospital visit or other health circumstances. It’s also available when a caregiver takes an extended vacation or for a senior living trial period. Short-term services include:

  • Short-term restorative care: Help with everyday tasks
  • Transition care: Help to recover after a hospital stay
  • Respite care: Help to give you or your carer a break

Aged Care Homes

Residential homes are generally used when a person becomes highly dependent on others for assistance with personal care and general daily tasks. Residential care homes are frequently termed as elderly care homes since many of the residents tend to be seniors who are finding independent living increasingly difficult.

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Check your eligibility and apply for an assessment online, or call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to see if you are eligible.

 

Sources:

  • https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/types-care
  • https://www.sunriseseniorliving.com/care-services/respite-care.aspx
  • https://www.selecthealthcaregroup.com/spot-the-difference-residential-care-vs-nursing-care-news-28
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