What is Help at Home?

Help at home is helping older people stay at home longer. As people get older, living independently in their own home can become more difficult. When things start becoming harder than they once were, perhaps it is time arrange for some help at home. Asking for help doesn’t mean loss of independence; it’s usually quite the opposite. Getting a little help with daily activities means people can stay independent in their own home for longer. Many people find that a little support can lead to a much better life.

Help at home looks different for different people. It may mean getting help with cooking, shopping or mowing the lawn, or it could be receiving personal care to bath, dress, and get in and out of bed. It may even mean getting modifications to improve your safety and movement around the house. 

What help is available?

The Australian Government generally subsidises the cost of required home support services. The cost of these services depends on the services provided and in some cases, the persons financial situation. Services can include help with shopping, meal preparation, personal care, home maintenance, and transport. 

How does it work?

Depending on care needs, services can be accessed through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme or a Home Care Package. An assessment process determines what program is more suitable for you. The assessment looks at your care needs, your ability to manage your own care, and your financial situation.

The two types of care are an entry level care – Commonwealth Home Support Programme and for more complex care, Home Care Packages. Click the links to read more about what each entails. 

What if I’m not ready for help at home?

If you’re not ready for help at home, there are other options available. You can look into respite care, which provides short-term care in a residential aged care facility. This provides a break from daily routine and provides opportunity to rest and recuperate. Community care services are also worth looking into, you can get in touch with your local council who should be able to provide you with more information. 

Help at home can be a great way to stay independent in your own home for longer. Knowing what help is available and how to access it can make the process easier and ensure you get the support you need.

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