Like many services, home aged care is an essential step to improving an older adult’s quality of life, especially when mobility starts to become an issue. But it is not something to take lightly. Introducing home care is a process that requires patience and long conversations, so it’s best not to rush it. Remember that your senior’s comfort is key.
Preparing for home aged care is needed to ensure a smooth transition. The last thing you want to do is disregard your senior’s feelings and opinions by suddenly introducing a carer to your home without letting them know. You’ll also need to prepare your home to make things more accessible and easier to navigate for the carer.
Home care packages (HCP) are one of the ways older adults in Australia can access affordable care in the comfort of their own home. These services are flexible and varied, so specific and complex needs can be targeted by your provider and will fit your personal budget. Keep in mind that while these services are there to help, they are not suited to replace care and services that can be accessed through other health programs that you might be eligible for.
The government pays your provider a subsidy to arrange a package of care services to meet your needs. As everyone’s care needs are different, there are four levels of Home Care Packages with different funding amounts. These cover basic support needs through to high care needs. The package level assigned to you is based on your specified needs.
|Package level||Level of care needs|
|Level 1||Basic care needs – $9,179.75 a year|
|Level 2||Low care needs – $16,147.60 a year|
|Level 3||Intermediate care needs – $35,138.55 a year|
|Level 4||High care needs – $53,268.10 a year|
Home aged care is a daunting step, but with the right preparation it could be an easy one. What matters at the end of the day is your senior’s comfort, so ease them into the concept as well as possible.
Nina Alvarez is a Content Producer for Healthcare Channel. Her interests include writing, particularly about the healthcare sector and the many ways it can improve to further benefit people from all walks of life.