How would you feel if you knew your elderly parents had the extra help they needed to continue living independently in their own home?
You can’t be there as much as you (or they) would like. Chances are you already have plenty on your plate or don’t live nearby. And that’s OK.
Your parents could be like eighty-year-old Daphne, who has always wanted to remain as independent as possible, but with her son living in Sydney, she realised she needed some help at home. Daphne has been a Level 2 Home Care Package recipient for more than a year, so she can access multiple services to enable her to continue living at home.
Daphne’s services include cleaning, support with shopping, meal preparation, twice-weekly wellness checks and transport to get her to appointments and her much-loved bingo games.
“The LiveBetter staff are so nice and helpful and will do anything to help me. Having help means I can spend time doing things I enjoy and when my son comes to visit we can just spend time together,” said Daphne.
Home care worker Rhiannon says, “Unfortunately, a lot of people wait until something drastic happens (like a fall or hospitalisation) before thinking about home care services. However, home care services can provide relief, help avoid inactivity and isolation and reduce a person’s risk of injury.
Importantly, it can also slow down the need for even greater support (like a nursing/aged care home). It could be clinical therapies, widening doorways or installing grab rails. Sometimes a little bit of help is all you need to maintain your independence,” said Rhiannon.
Does the support that Daphne receives sound like a good fit for your elderly parent/s? If so, LiveBetter can help make it happen.
There are four steps to start organising help at home:
- Apply for an assessment with My Aged Care
- Have your face-to-face assessment to determine your care needs
- Receive the outcome of your assessment
- Choose your aged care service provider
Services can be subsidised by aged care funding (such as Home Care Packages, Commonwealth Home Support Programme and Veterans’ Home Care) or you can simply purchase services yourself. We’re happy to talk you through the options.