What in-home aged care services does My Aged Care provide?
Living independently in your own home can become difficult as you get older. The encouraging thing is that there are services available to assist you and enable you to continue living in your home for as long as possible. If you are finding it harder to do the things you used to, connecting with the My Aged Care program will allow you to organise what supports you personally require.
Asking for help does not mean you will lose your independence – it is quite the opposite actually. Connecting with an aged carer means you will stay independent in your home for much longer. In fact, just that little bit of extra support can lead to a much better, rewarded life.
What is My Aged Care?
My Aged Care is the starting point for elderly people to access Australian Government-funded aged care services. Through the program, the Australian Government subsidises the cost of home nursing and home support services that you can receive. What you need to pay depends on your services and, in some cases, your financial situation.
My Aged Care provides:
- Information regarding available aged care services
- An assessment of needs to determine eligibility and what care best suits an individual
- Referrals to service providers, such as Allied Health Professionals
- Information on costs
What kind of in-home services are available?
Help at home is different for everyone. It might be as simple as an aged carer helping with the groceries, as crucial as getting home modifications installed to improve safety or as vital as home nursing services to treat medical conditions.
Here are some of the key in-home services available:
Services for wellness and independence
- Meals & other food-related services
- Aged carer services
- Home nursing services
- Linking with Allied Health professionals
- Specialised support services
Services for safety at home
- Domestic assistance
- Home maintenance services
- Home modification services
- Assistive technology
Services for community participation
- Transport services
- Assistance with remaining social and taking part in community life
What kind of short-term care is available?
Short-term aged carers aim to assist individuals with their day-to-day activities for a set period to either restore or maintain independence. There are three types of short-term care, each for a different purpose.
Short-term restorative care: Help with everyday tasks
This is for those individuals who need assistance with daily tasks and want to delay or avoid the need for long-term care and support services. A team of aged carers will assist in reversing or slowing the difficulties the individual is facing and develop a plan on how to manage these struggles.
Transition care: Help to recover after a hospital stay
This is for those who are recovering from a hospital stay and are wanting to regain independence at home. This may require specialised care and support, such as Allied Health services, which will assist the transition from hospital and back to everyday life, avoiding the need for longer-term care and support.
Respite care: Help to give you or your carer a break
This is for those occasions when you or your aged carer needs to take a break for a short period. This support service can range from a few hours or, potentially, could even be a few nights in an aged care home to provide everyday needs without your usual carer.
Direct Care Australia is a registered aged care service provider, offering support for older people in South Australia. If you need any further assistance, contact Teresa Sandona or Kerrie Harding on 1300 122 730 or via email at to discuss the support you seek.