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Caring for a senior? Be sure to care for yourself too

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Tips for carers providing aged care assistance at home

Caring for senior loved ones at home is a demanding yet rewarding experience. During my time caring for my nanna I felt both joy at our precious time together and tears at the physical and emotional exhaustion of it all. If you’re providing aged care assistance at home, take some time to come up for air a moment. You’ve got this.

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How to start home care services quickly

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Help, I need home care services in a hurry

Suddenly finding yourself caring for a senior loved one who needs help is distressing. You might feel out of your depth. Your first contact is likely going to be their GP or other medical professional to take care of urgent medical needs. Outside the doctor’s office, though, you have a huge number of support options to access. I’ve been there, unexpectedly taking on a primary carer role for my nanna and I remember how difficult it was to find the information I needed. Here are some key steps to help you know how to start home care services quickly.

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When to consider home-based care

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When is the right time to use home-based aged care services?

In some situations, such as a sudden illness or injury, there’s an urgent need for home care services. I’m often helping people who are trying to arrange services when they’re stressed while organising medical care as well. But getting extra help at home doesn’t have to be a last-minute consideration.

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Accessing Aged Care services isn’t just about going into care

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Mention Aged Care to some people and their minds immediately jump straight to going into an aged care facility. This isn’t helped by the fact that, not too long ago, aged care facilities were called nursing homes. Yikes!

For this reason, many older Australians don’t ask for help when they need it. They carry on at home, not letting on how bad things are becoming.

Realising that a loved one isn’t coping is distressing for the older person as well as their family, friends and neighbours. But accessing Aged Care services isn’t just about going into care. It’s about getting you the help you need, when you need it.

With a focus on keeping you well at home for longer, let’s take a look at what aged care services are available today.

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Is fear stopping you getting the Aged Care help you need?

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Fear of the unknown has been stopping human beings in their tracks for millennia. Sadly, this same fear is keeping older Australians from accessing Aged Care services that they sometimes desperately need. And it’s not just the fear of aging.

Many older people, our parents and grandparents, are worried about losing their independence. They’re worried about being put into an aged care facility, far from family and friends. They’re also worried about losing their beloved family home.

As an advocate for keeping you well at home for longer, I hope to dispel some common myths around Aged Care and help you understand what happens next.

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How home care helps increase home safety and healthy living as we age

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Home-based care has so many benefits, such as having someone to do housework, so you have more time to enjoy with your loved ones. You can also think about ways you could improve safety around the home to enjoy healthy living into the future. Home safety fixtures like rails to support mobility and personal alarms for peace of mind, combined with respite care to ease ongoing stress, are just a few ways to stay well at home for longer.

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How to choose a home care package provider

How to choose a home care package provider
When you’ve decided to arrange home-based aged care services to help your loved one with day-to-day living, it’s the start of a process. So, you’ve arranged an assessment through My Aged Care and been approved for a Home Care Package (HCP). Now it’s time to choose a Home Care Package provider who’ll deliver the home care services. You might find the array of HCP providers confusing. Here are some considerations and some questions you might need to ask your potential provider to help pick the one to suit your needs and budget.

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Accessing home-based care support from My Aged Care

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If a senior person you care about is beginning to have difficulty doing their usual day to day living, stopping doing things they used to love or not taking care of themselves because it’s harder to get around, then it’s time to look into aged care services. My Aged Care can help with obtaining the support needed.

‘Wait, did you say aged care? But my senior loved one’s not ready to go into a nursing home.’

Did you know My Aged Care is a portal to both residential care AND services to help at home? You can find out about getting government-subsidised home-based aged care services through My Aged Care.

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