More and more seniors are currently accessing home care through the Home Care Package Program, a government-subsidised initiative connecting them with the health and care services they need.
So if you're 65 and over and eligible for this funding, you too can connect with a range of personal services to keep you connected with the community, remain independent, and live life your way.
Here's how to get started in three easy steps:
1) Investigate available options
If you think you or a loved one is in need of help and would benefit from home care, you should educate yourself about all available services. If discussing home care with others, think about encouraging them to do their own research too. This could involve drawing on the experiences of people they trust - friends, family or even a healthcare professional - as well as researching online.
2) Contact My Aged Care and get assessed
To apply for home care, you need to contact My Aged Care (MAC) and request an assessment. For more information, go to myagedcare.gov.au
Next, you'll get assessed over the phone by MAC. This is an opportunity to discuss your specific care needs, to ensure your preferences and requirements are taken into account.
If your needs indicate you require a Home Care Package, MAC will refer you to an Aged Care Assessment Team to complete an in-home assessment. This will determine your eligibility, and the home care package level to best meet your needs.
3) Connect with a care provider
Following your assessment, MAC will notify you of the outcome via mail - whether you're eligible for a Home Care Package and, if so, the package level approved. Following this, you'll have 56 days from the date of allocation to choose a home care provider, work with them to create a customised care plan to suit your needs and preferences, and start receiving care.
What you can do next
We understand that navigating the home care system can be overwhelming, especially if you're just starting out. If you need help with getting started or any of the above steps, we're here to help. For more information, go to respect.com.au/care-at-home.
Support is available today
At Respect, a dedicated team of care managers listens to your unique needs and delivers a range of home care services, individualised to your specific situation. Backed by a century of care and support for the health of senior Australians, Respect's promise is to be by yoFebur side right from the beginning of your home care journey when you start the application process.
Limited time offer
As an added sign-up bonus, Respect is offering a WISH gift card valued up to $500 when you join Respect Home Care, redeemable upon staying with the service for three consecutive months.
If you're not ready to join or are still waiting to be assessed or allocated a package, you can still lock in your interest and secure the deal today.