No matter how old we are, home matters - which is why staying at home within our local community for as long as possible is a priority for many Australians. But as we age, we may find we need some additional support to stay safe and well in our own home, for ourselves or when we’re caring for a loved one. And while it might feel like a loss of independence to ask for help, it can actually have the opposite effect.
"Putting services in place sooner rather than later often means you’re able to remain independent for longer - and you’re probably going to enjoy life more,” - Darren Woolcott, General Manager Brightwater at Home
Home care services can be both government funded and paid for privately.
For people aged 65 and older, or over 50 for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, there are two tiers of assistance depending on the support needed. Eligibility is determined through government assessment.
The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) is for people who may only need a little assistance and may consist of one or two services per week such as some help with personal care or around the home. The services can be for the long or short term. Clients pay a nominal fee, usually about $12 an hour.
Brightwater at Home services for CHSP clients include:
- Allied health and nursing
- Meal preparation
- Personal care
- Social support
- Meals delivered
Home Care Packages (HCP) are the next stage in support and are for those who need a little more frequent or intensive assistance. The packages range from Level 1 for basic needs to Level 4 for high level care needs.
Brightwater at Home provides an extensive range of services tailored to the individual needs of HCP clients. These can include the same services as CHSP clients as well as many others including:
- Allied health such as physiotherapy, reflexology, podiatry, occupational therapy and speech pathology
- Home modifications
- Aids and equipment
- Respite for carers
- Pet support
- Transition care
- In home meals
Some people choose to pay privately for home help, either because they are not eligible for government funding or because they are waiting for it to come through. Whatever the reason, Brightwater at Home can provide the same services for privately funded clients as those who are government funded.
“Whatever services you need, it’s worth picking up the phone and calling us. You never know what you might be eligible for and it could make all the difference to have a bit of extra help,” said Darren.