FOR older Australians, there are more options than ever before as to how you live your life, and where you live it. Incentives such as government-funded Home Care Packages (HCP) are enabling more people to live comfortably and safely at home while keeping their independence.
Community Interlink is a registered HCP provider, delivering in-home services to seniors. There are four levels of packages available, each providing a different level of funding for the individual’s needs.
Community Interlink intake officer Sacha Gretton explained, “People go on a wait list for these Home Care Packages. Because they don’t get them automatically, by the time they receive them, they are at a point where there is a real need. Quite often by then their families are at a point where they go, ‘Oh my gosh, I think Mum or Dad are going to have to go into care!’ But once we get these services in, we see their situation improve and their family’s relief that they do not have to make that hard decision just yet.”
Chores such as paying bills, preparing meals or grocery shopping can be overwhelming or pose more difficulties, but these are not indicative alone as to the support you need. The funding, for example, can be used to invest in ramps and rails for the home, mobility devices and transportation, or whatever will aid you to stay living at home.
Intake officer, Kylie Alletsee said, “Older people can be service resistant but by accepting a bit of help you are increasing your independence.”
Ms Alletsee and Ms Gretton have many positive stories about HCPs. Recent examples include moving a woman from hospital care and back to her home by providing services helpful to her. Community Interlink have been able to facilitate another woman’s passion for gardening, which has become more difficult with age but with the right help, anything is possible and enjoyable again.
To get started, contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 for a free HCP assessment. They will determine eligibility and send you confirmation in the mail. If you have any further questions, contact Community Interlink on 1300 203 203