Having a conversation about aged care is important…

For most of us, the first few months of the New Year is a time to rest, refresh and plan for the rest of the year. It’s also a great time to speak to elderly parents about aged care solutions having spent the holiday period together.

Many families recognise the need to seek out assistance for their loved ones, as the extended exposure with family members often highlights the need for home care or other services.

Council on the Ageing Chairman, Ian Yates told The Age, that he expects there to be the usual spike in inquiries to various aged care service providers, assessors and the government’s My Aged Care website during the early months of the year.

Families have come together for the first time in a while and recognise changes in their parent’s health and/or ability to look after themselves.

"It worries us, because sometimes it is a genuine recognition (of their parents needing assistance) and ... sometimes it is fly-in kids who start organising their parents' lives," Yates says.

"Most people would prefer to get help at home. They need to know there is an increased range of opportunity for help at home and that it doesn't have to mean losing control," he says.

Many elderly people will be afraid of losing independence and control over their own lives, so it’s vital to help maintain their dignity.

Accessing home care services – whether it is just getting some help with shopping, dressing, domestic assistance or higher levels of nursing care – can be a wonderful option for families.

To be eligible for government subsidised home care packages or residential aged care, an individual needs to first be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team via the my aged care website.

Once approved, the government pays a large part of the care costs and individuals make a contribution depending on their income in the case of home care.

To find out more about the cost benefits of home care versus residential care, click here.

To estimate your fees for a Home Care Package, click here.

And, to discover the questions that you should ask a home care provider click here.

About Oxley Home Care:

Oxley Home Care, established in 2006, is a family-owned Sydney company and is an Approved Government Provider for aged care services, specialising in Dementia Care.

Oxley Home Care provides Dementia Care, Private Care, Home Care, Nursing, Veterans Home Care and Allied Health to enable people to live a quality life independently in their own home and stay connected to their local community.

Oxley Home Care is an Approved Provider of Home Care Packages funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and holds an allocation of Home Care Packages. These packages are designed to provide assistance to the elderly, to remain living independently at home.

To gain access to a Home Care Package, the government requires that you undergo a comprehensive assessment by your local Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). To arrange the assessment, contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or visit the My Aged Care web site.

For more information, please feel free to call Oxley Home Care on 1300 993 591.

Gilian Douglass

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