mecwacare - Home Care Packages

Part of mecwacare

1287 Malvern Road
Malvern Victoria, 3144



The broad spectrum of services mecwacare provides enables our clients to receive consistent high-quality care as their needs change. We support our clients to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, and some of our clients routinely transition from their own homes to our residential-care facilities. This provides continuity of care and maintains relationships between the client, their family and mecwacare staff.

Our staff

Our qualified staff include Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Case Managers and  staff with specialisations in areas such as Gerontology, Dementia Care and Palliative Care.

All mecwacare direct care staff are required to hold the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • Certificate III in Individual Support/Aged Care/Home and Community Care
  • Apply First Aid (HLTFA311A) including CPR
  • Current Police Record Check

Monitoring and reviewing care and service delivery for client outcomes is a key element of our client safety and risk management systems. At mecwacare we have highly-developed health and wellbeing evaluation processes to ensure the appropriate care and treatment are always provided, and care can be altered as needed.

What is a Home Care Package?

The Home Care Packages program provides consumer-directed packages of care and services that aim to meet the needs of those people with higher level care needs. These services assist both older people and people with disabilities to keep living at home, and to introduce more choice and flexibility for those receiving care at home.

Packages range through four levels, from basic care to high care. You can make choices about the type and delivery of your services, as well as which provider helps you and when. At mecwacare we work to integrate each health and wellbeing service to provide you with quality care that is tailored to meet your needs yet has the flexibility to vary as your needs change.

How do Home Care Packages work?

You decide the level of involvement you wish

to have in the management of your Home Care Package, including the degree of your active involvement in the coordination of your care and services.

At mecwacare we place our clients at the centre

of service delivery. It is important your health and wellbeing are integrated to provide you with the support you require. Service coordination is particularly relevant for people with complex and multiple health needs. We work to integrate each service to provide you with quality care.

Your Care Advisor

Your mecwacare Care Advisor’s primary job is to address your specific care needs and balance these needs with the available resources to support your health and independence.

Your Care Advisor will:

  • Consult with you face to face, and discuss your care, goals and preferences
  • Develop a care plan and budget to meet your needs
  • Provide a copy of the care plan detailing your care services

Your package budget

mecwacare manages the package budget allocated in consultation with you, with full transparency and accountability. We will ensure you have all the information you need to plan your care services by providing a monthly budget statement showing all expenditure and the remaining balance of your budget.

What are the different types of Home Care Packages?

There are four levels of Home Care Packages which include Home Care Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. The main difference between these levels is the amount of care and services that can be provided, rather than the type of care. For example, more care and services can be provided under Home Care Level 4 than under the other levels.

Home Care Packages Levels 1 and 2

Services, which can be tailored to meet individual needs, may include:

  • Personal care
  • Transport to appointments
  • Case management
  • Gardening
  • Equipment and technology
  • Home help, including meal preparation
  • Emergency 24 on-call assistance 
  • Shopping
  • Respite care
  • Allied health services
  • Social activities

Home Care Packages Levels 3 and 4

mecwacare Home Care Packages Level 3 and 4 are designed to support frail aged people to remain in their own homes.

Services, which can be tailored to meet individual needs, may include:

  • High-level personal care
  • Respite care
  • Home help, including meal preparation
  • Transport to appointments
  • Case management
  • Emergency 24 hour on-call assistance
  • Medication management
  • Emergency in-home respite
  • Shopping
  • Gardening
  • Aids and equipment

Home Care and Nursing Services

We are a recognised leader in home care across Victoria and offer a comprehensive, flexible and responsive service. Our team of qualified and experienced nurses and direct care workers have a strong commitment to providing personalised care that is focused on maintaining independence.

Personal Care

Our employees are trained and experienced in

a wide range of personal care activities and are able to provide ongoing support with daily tasks including:

  • Showering, grooming, personal hygiene and dressing
  • Mobility and transfers
  • Toileting and continence management

Home Help

mecwacare can provide support with domestic duties such as:

  • Dusting, vacuuming and general tidying
  • Cleaning kitchens or bathrooms
  • Washing and ironing
  • Changing bed sheets
  • Paying bills, sending and collecting of mail and packages
  • Regular telephone check-ups as part of our home-calling service

Food Preparation and Shopping

We can help with grocery shopping and meal  preparation, including assistance with special dietary requirements and checking expiry dates of foodstuffs.

Companionship

mecwacare can provide companionship and social support in a number of ways, all tailored around your personal needs and wishes. We can assist you with:

  • Attending medical or social appointments
  • Shopping and putting away groceries
  • Paperwork and correspondence
  • Walking or supported exercise

We can even provide company and conversation. Companionship is an extension service that helps you remain connected and as independent as possible.

Transport and Social Inclusion

mecwacare can provide transport and social inclusion assistance for clients by:

  • coordinating transport to and from social outings, the shops and medical practitioners
  • encouraging clients to take part in social and community events
  • arranging and ensuring access to social activities
  • organising support and access to programs and therapies for specific behaviours or conditions

Medication Management

If not used correctly, some medicines have the potential to cause harm. Our staff work with your medical team to ensure medicines are taken according to advice.

Wound Management

We take time to assess our clients’ individual circumstances, taking into consideration a

range of factors that may delay wound healing. After deciding which wound dressing is most appropriate, we treat the wound and discuss with you appropriate steps that could be taken to maintain healing and prevent possible recurrences.

Post-Hospital Care

Our post-hospital support is designed to help you make a successful transition from hospital to home. Following discharge from a hospital stay for surgery or another treatment situation, we will consult with your doctor to personalise the nursing service you receive in your home to help your return to health and independence.

Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialised care and support provided for someone living with a terminal illness. At mecwacare we offer ongoing palliative support for our clients, their family and caregivers to greatly improve the quality of life for everyone involved.

Disability Care

mecwacare has many years experience in providing care to people with a disability

living independently in their own homes. Our comprehensive and rigorous Learning and Development program ensures all our care staff maintain the specific skills required to address the often complex care needs of individuals with a disability.

Respite, Overnight and Live-In Care

Our services ensure someone is available to assist if the need arises, which may be for a few hours, a day, a night or even weeks. Respite is a way of relieving the stress of being a carer. We understand it is important for carers to make time for themselves.

mecwacare provides overnight or longer live-in care to clients whose regular carer cannot be in attendance or if they simply need a break.

mecwacare can provide 24-hour live-in care to clients who may require a higher level of support or supervision. We understand the importance of placing the right person in your loved one’s home for long-term care.

Private Care

The care you receive from mecwacare in your negotiated Home Care Package can be supplemented at any time with the purchase of additional services billed at a set hourly rate. Information on private care services and rates is available from your care client liaison officer.

 

mecwacare Offers Support in Gippsland Region

on Wednesday, April 10, 2019

mecwacare is proud to announce the opening of its new Home and Community Care Services office in the picturesque seaside town of Inverloch.

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