Home Care

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Can Your Home Care Package Cover Respite Care at Home?

Explore the benefits of using home care packages for respite care at home. Learn how these packages provide necessary breaks for caregivers, ensuring their loved ones receive consistent, compassionate care. Find out how to easily access and manage respite services.

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Homecare eligibility simplified: everything you need to know

Who is eligible for in-home aged care services subsidised by the Australian Government? Here’s everything you need to know and how to find out if you’re eligible.

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What protections do I have as a home care client?

Receiving home care is a very intimate service which can sometimes leave people feeling exposed, either personally, financially or both. Fortunately, there are a range of protections in place to help give in-home aged care customers the peace of mind they need and to safeguard their rights, finances and quality of care. Find out more.

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How can I structure my Home Care budget?

If you’ve been approved for a Home Care Package (HCP), the next step is to decide which combination of the available support and services best meets your needs. Here are some examples of ways you can structure your support, depending on the level of your HCP.

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Understanding Your Brightwater at Home Statement

Discover the simplicity behind understanding your Brightwater at Home statement with our new guide. Click for clarity and peace of mind.

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Mastering Mobility - Top Tips to Improve Strength, Balance & Walking

After a health crisis, it can be hard to hope there will be brighter days ahead. However, seventy-five-year-old Aldo D’Agostino is living proof that with motivation and professional support, there can be light at the end of the tunnel.

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4 reasons to get your daily dose of sunshine

A little bit of sunshine each day might be just what you need to feel happier and healthier. It's important to expose yourself to a safe amount of sunshine – whether that’s from your backyard, balcony or front porch. Here are four big benefits of sunlight.

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Introducing Lucero - our new Lifestyle Coordinator

In the heart of our commitment to providing innovative care for our clients, we are thrilled to introduce Lucero, our new Lifestyle Coordinator at Brightwater at Home.

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My parent needs assistance but doesn’t want residential aged care

You know it’s time. Your parent might even know it’s time. What do you do when your parent needs assistance but refuses to even consider residential aged care? We have answers.

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Staying connected to what matters – home care services to support your life

Receiving home care services is an adjustment – especially in the beginning. What many people don’t realise is the benefits extend beyond the home, personal care, or social support they may receive. In fact, they could be the bridge to ensuring you can continue lifetime activities and maintain your independence. Here’s how.

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How can I prepare for an ACAT assessment?

Do you know how to prepare for an ACAT assessment? Before you meet with an ACAT assessor, it’s worth spending time thinking about the changes you’ve experienced in the past six months.

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Making the most of transitional care

Subsidised by the state and federal governments, the Transition Care Community (TCC) program gives short-term support to older people so they can continue their recovery after leaving hospital. Here is how the TCC program helped Ian Smith return to the bowling green.

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Your journey into Brightwater at Home

If you were looking for the journey to receiving Brightwater at Home support, look no further. Here is our guide to your journey into Brightwater at Home.

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The role of allied health in aged care

Allied health is an umbrella term for a range of health professionals (not including doctors, dentists or nurses). Allied health professionals are university-qualified health practitioners that provide specialist support for physical, sensory, cognitive, psychological or social needs. Here is how they bring their specialist skills to aged care.

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Bring the sunshine back to your phone

We all love to pick up the phone, especially when we know it’s a friendly face on the other side. Brightwater’s Sunshine Call program connects Brightwater volunteers with Brightwater at Home clients to buddy together and form connections. Is your phone a little quiet? Then you need a Sunshine Call.

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My application has been approved, what happens now?

The paperwork is complete, you’ve signed your agreement and you’re joining Brightwater. What happens now, now that you are waiting for your services to start?

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Applying for Home Care with Brightwater

You’ve decided on Brightwater for your home care services, thank you! We can’t wait to have you on board. Here’s how you can apply for Brightwater at Home.

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I’ve rung and registered interest in a home care – what now?

You’ve rung and spoken to our fantastic Welcome Team. You’ve answered some questions, and they’ve taken your information. What happens now? If you need a reminder for what happens next, read on.

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Viv Paust | Senior Story

Across our aged care, home care and retirement communities, there are thousands of stories of a life well lived. This is Viv's.

As a former Manual Arts teacher and current life member of the Woodturners Association, Viv has sawdust running through his veins.

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Respite care is good for carers and their loved ones

Becoming the primary carer for someone you love can be both a privilege and a challenge. Home care can provide respite care, which provides a restorative break from daily responsibilities for carers.

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Where can I find the home care fees and charges?

An important part of understanding your home care services is understanding the fees and charges your provider charges. Here's where to find them.

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What do I need to make an application for home care services?

You’ve had your ACAT assessment, and you’ve been approved for a Home Care Package, so how do you make an application?

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Making the transition from hospital to home is easier with Brightwater

Coming home after an extended stay in hospital can be daunting, especially when you still need help with everyday things. Here is how Brightwater At Home’s Transition Care Program can help you.

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Where can I compare aged care providers?

Are you looking to compare aged care providers near you? Here is where you can go to find easy comparisons.

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How do I choose an aged care provider?

Choosing an aged care provider can be a difficult decision in a crowded market with heaps of information. Discover tips and advice to help make the decision.

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Is there a difference between for-profit and not-for-profit providers?

Whether for-profit or not-for-profit, aged care providers care for us when we are at our most vulnerable. However, are they very different?

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How the income-tested care fee for home care is calculated

Depending on your financial circumstances, you may be asked to pay an ‘income-tested care fee’, in addition to the basic daily fee. This is how the income-tested care fee is calculated for home care.

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How do I apply for home care services?

Care at home doesn’t have to be daunting. Here’s a quick and easy guide to help you get going.

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How much does home care cost?

If you are investigating home care for the first time, the most common question you may have asked is, ‘well, how much does this cost?’ And as with many things in aged care, the answer is, it depends. Often on a range of circumstances.

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How do I receive an ACAT assessment?

An ACAT assessment provides you and possible aged care providers with a clearer understanding of what services would provide the most support for you. Here is how you can quickly and easily organise an assessment.

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What does an ACAT assessor assess?

The Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) is the primary assessment team who assess the care requirements of people with higher care needs. So what do they assess when they come to visit?

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What is an ACAT assessment?

An ACAT assessment is the gateway to be able to access government subsidised home care or residential aged care. However, how do you receive an assessment, and what happens at an assessment?

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Self-managing a home care package – what does it entail?

Self-managed Home Care Packages (HCP) can help you maintain choice and control as you enter aged care. But it can be a lot of work. Here’s what you need to know.

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What can I use my Home Care Package (HCP) budget on?

Home Care Packages provide individuals the ability to stay independent, at home and in control of their aged care services. Depending on your Home Care Package level, you will have a different budget to spend on home care and services.

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How to have difficult conversations with family members

Decisions about aged care can lead to difficult discussions for families. Even with best intentions, they can be stressful and cause emotional conflict.

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How GPs can help seniors access government funded home care

With many seniors around Perth choosing to live in their home as long as possible, a common question asked by patients to their GP is “How can I get help at home?”

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What are private home care services?

Private home care services allow you to pay for the services you receive, rather than paying through government funding. However, how does private home care services work? And which services can you access?

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What services are available with my Home Care Package?

Receiving care and support around the home now goes further than ever before. No longer restricted to nursing, cleaning and domestic assistance, read on to discover what support you can receive at home.

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What is the difference between CHSP & HCP

What is the difference between the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and Home Care Packages (HCP)? Both programs are focused on keeping you independent and at home, but how do they differ?

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How to make difficult decisions in stressful situations

Decisions about aged care must often be made suddenly, after a serious health incident. Making decisions when that happens can be incredibly stressful.

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Looking after your emotional wellbeing at a difficult time

The search for aged care can be emotionally taxing, whether it’s for yourself or a loved one. Here are tips on how to care for yourself during your search.

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My spouse has passed away, and I’m home alone

The transition to single living after the death of a spouse can bring trepidation and loneliness for older people. Here are tips to help cope.

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Dulcie Lampard | Senior Story

Across our aged care, home care and retirement communities, there are thousands of stories of a life well lived. This is Dulcie's.

Dulcie's love affair with literature gave power to her most treasured body of work – a biography about her extraordinary mother, Pearl Hill.

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Free will service for your lasting legacy

Brightwater are excited to partner with Gathered Here, an online will service, to make legacy giving as easy as possible for our you. Allowing the Brightwater community to write a will for free.

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Jan Quartermaine | Senior Story

Across our aged care, home care and retirement communities, there are thousands of stories of a life well lived. This is Jan's.

A social butterfly, Jan cherishes the comradery of her knitting group, who for years have donated items to premature babies and aged care residents.

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Research to make Advance Care Planning easier

Do your loved ones know your wishes for your future health and personal care? If so, you may have prepared an Advance Care Directive.

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Maureen Bezuidenhout | Senior Story

Across our aged care, home care and retirement communities, there are thousands of stories of a life well lived. This is Maureen's.

Dr. Maureen made headlines for being the first woman at the helm of Johannesburg's largest hospital – a feat unheard of in the sixties.

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Nelly Brandsma | Senior Story

Across our aged care, home care and retirement communities, there are thousands of stories of a life well lived. This is Nelly's.

With a myriad of medals to her name, Nelly has never been one to stand idly by. Having rowed until her late 80s, today at 95 she's still up and at 'em.

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Advance Health Directives, Enduring Power of Attorney, & Guardianships – what do these terms mean?

Find out about enduring power of attorney, enduring power of guardianship and advance health directives, to help with end of life planning.

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Kate Ramsay | Senior Story

Across our aged care, home care and retirement communities, there are thousands of stories of a life well lived. This is Kate's.

Having grown up in turbulent times and battled through scoliosis, Kate has lived a colourful life on the stage, including a role as Queen Victoria.

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A life of adventure. Discovering our clients. | Senior Story

We know Brightwater At Home clients have led rich and interesting lives, and we are so pleased when we get to learn about them. So when our support worker told us about the book written by her client’s husband, we knew we had to find out more.

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Will Brightwater change my home care services?

We know change can be disruptive, especially when you rely on your services for daily support. From time-to-time Brightwater may need to change aspects about your service. Here is a guide to how your service may change.

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Advance care planning – what is it and why is it so important?

Advance care planning ensures you remain in control of your life, even when you can no longer communicate your wishes. Find out how it helps end of life planning.

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Ron Chandler | Senior Story

Across our aged care, home care and retirement communities, there are thousands of stories of a life well lived. This is Ron's.

After inheriting a one-of-a-kind goat cart built by his grandfather in the days of the gold rush, Ron was delighted to see it restored to its former glory.

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I need to change my service, schedule or team

We understand that over time you may need to make some changes to your service. Here’s how you make a change to your schedule, your services or your team.

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Ken Howarth | Senior Story

Across our aged care, home care and retirement communities, there are thousands of stories of a life well lived. This is Ken's.

For Ken, anything is a drum kit. Having lived and breathed music since he was a young lad, these days he still enjoys a regular jam session.

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Putting their best foot forward

This year Brightwater at Home has stepped forward and added podiatry to the list of services clients can access from the comfort of their homes. Find out more about the Brightwater podiatrists.

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Safe & Found WA

Safe & Found WA is a ground-breaking initiative aimed at increasing the likelihood of a successful search and rescue for anyone living with dementia, autism or a cognitive impairment who may be at risk of going missing.

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What do I do if I have a complaint?

We always strive to do our best and provide the quality services you want to receive. In the event you would like to make a complaint, we have a handy guide on how you can provide your feedback.

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What is a good death?

Choosing how you live your final days is one of the last significant decisions you ever get to make. Do you know what a good death looks like?

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Empowering Aging with Compassionate Care

They are one of the powerhouse teams making up the Brightwater at Home service. Meet the Brightwater at Home nursing team.

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The Revamped Carer Gateway

Have you heard about the new Carer Gateway? It's replacing the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre & aims to provide better support to carers in the country.

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