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.
Aside from the convenience of having someone else do the household chores, home-based care can be key to a speedy recovery. There’s nothing more important than your health. Take a load off your mind, and your body, by arranging home-based care in advance so you can calmly rest and recover from illness or injury.
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.
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.
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.
Your local council can be a terrific resource for health and aged care services, keeping seniors well at home for longer.