Top five things you need to know about Home Care Assistance

When the time has come to consider home care assistance, it is critical to ensure the home care provider is the right choice for a loved one.

There are a number of factors to consider, including:

  • The level of care required

It’s vital to have a clear assessment (and not just a personal opinion) on the level of care required. A loved one may pretend they are capable of much more in order to keep their pride from being damaged.

Do they need someone to help with chores around the house? Do they need help with bathing or dressing? Someone to take them to the shops, or perhaps a higher level of nursing care?

Contact My Aged Care to organise an assessment from a My Aged Care local assessor, which will provide a clearer picture on what the home care assistance requirements will be.

  • Entitlements and fees

Residential care fees are dependent upon an individual’s financial position. Home Care Packages are not subject to means testing, but Part Pension or  Self Funded Retirees can be asked to contribute between $5,000 to $10,000 per annum. For people on an Aged Pension, up to 17 per cent per annum may be asked to be contributed for in-home care.

The Australian Government subsidises a range of aged care services in Australia. But, if personal circumstances allow, it is expected you’ll contribute, if you can afford to do so.

There is also an additional contribution towards the cost of care which some people may be required to pay, which is means tested and based on an assessment of your income and assets.

  • Home care assistance provider research

Just as you would research any other type of provider, ensure your home care provider is a reputable one.

Who runs the company? What is their background? How long have they been in business? What are their care philosophies and principles? Are they certified and accredited? Do they have any awards? Can you speak to any of their clients?

  • Get to know the care worker

While the care worker doesn’t need to become your best friend, it’s important that there is a high level of rapport.

A care worker is providing a service for your loved one, so it is vital that you trust them.

Ensure they have the correct background, qualifications and experience for the level of care they are providing and observe how they are with your family member.

  • Work together

As we age, care requirements can change – sometimes overnight. Keep an open stream of dialogue with your loved one, the care worker and the home care provider to ensure the level of care is appropriate.

About Oxley Home Care

Oxley Home Care, established in 2006, is a family owned Sydney company and an approved government provider for aged care services, specialising in dementia care.

For the last decade, Oxley Home Care has been providing Private Care, Home Care, Nursing, Allied Health and Dementia Care to enable people – regardless of their age – to remain living independently in the comfort of their own home throughout the Sydney Metropolitan area. Oxley Home Care is an Approved Provider of Home Care Packages funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health.

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 website.

And, for more information on what Home Care Packages are all about, we have compiled an informative blog article that should help.

Gilian Douglass

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