on the Thursday, January 10, 2019
As you or your loved ones get older, living a safe and comfortable life at home can seem increasingly difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. People’s concerns about aged care often revolve around balancing independence with safety and health, and providers have addressed these issues with their service offerings.
With the focus on keeping people at home for as long as possible, an array of services are available to help you or your loved one stay there.
How do I know if I should stay at home or consider residential care?
Residential aged care is a fantastic option when you or your loved one needs a greater level of assistance than what can be provided at home.
Until that time comes, many people prefer to stay in their own house. Ultimately, it’s a personal decision you and your family need to make, possibly with the help of your doctor and other health professionals.
Where do I start?
There is a process to follow that starts you on the pathway to in-home care or residential aged care. A visit to the My Aged Care website will show you that this starts with an assessment.
Home support assessments are provided by a representative from a Regional Assessment Service (RAS). They will arrange a time to visit you to talk about your current situation and needs. The assessor can approve you for services under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, to help you remain at home and participate in your community.
If the assessor feels you need a higher level of care, they may refer you for a comprehensive assessment with someone from an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). An ACAT assessment is also necessary for accessing home care packages.
What services are available at home?
The RAS assessor will help you arrange a plan of care based on your strengths, difficulties, goals and service preferences. This plan will include the services that will best help you or your loved one and whether the services will be ongoing or short-term.
The assessor can make a referral to a service provider for you, including to your provider of choice.
Benetas offers a range of home care services, including:
These simple things can all add up to maintaining a comfortable life at home.
To find out more about how the dedicated and caring team from Benetas can help you or your loved one stay safe and well at home, give Benetas a call on 1300 23 63 82.
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