Aged care in your home is a great way to help you stay living safely and independently. This kind of support can mean the difference between having to move into residential care and remaining in your own home and your own community.
Access to subsidised in home support for all Australians over 65 (over 50 ATSI) to stay living independently at home is via the Federal Government's My Aged Care (MAC).
My Aged Care provides a gateway for older people, their families and carers to get information about and gain access to subsidised in home care services.
If you're looking for support to stay living at home, or helping someone to do so, please call MY AGED CARE on 1800 200 422 to register.
Referrals are prioritised according to need, and therefore waiting times can vary. You can choose to have services immediately (whilst you wait for your assessment) - these will be charged as per our fees schedule, which is available from Customer Service on 1300 578 478.
The Federal Government subsidises two programs; The Commonwealth Home Support Program (for those needing just a little bit of support) and Home Care Packages (for those needing a little more). Please see below for details:
Home Care Packages
At Adssi everyone's Home Care Package (HCP) Plan is uniquely tailored to meet their specific needs and wishes. We welcome the input of loved ones and are very experienced at helping our clients identify and priorities the best use of their Home Care Package. In home aged care choices are extensive.
Some options to think about are:
- Tasks around the house and garden, help with personal care - showering, grooming;
- Help keeping you organised - making appointments, paying bills;
- Getting back to hobbies and interests and being social;
- Gentle exercise;
- Equipment and technology to make activities easier;
- Shopping and meal preparation;
- Transport to appointments;
- Home modifications (ramps & rails) to make things safer.
We love our work and invite you to give us a call to see how we can help.
Home Care Packages (HCP) are available for frail older people who have been assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). Support may include transport, assistance with shopping, meal preparation, personal care, domestic assistance or social support. HCPs range from Level 1 - 4 and provide low to high care needs from a few hours a week (Level 1), up to around 12 hours a week (Level 4). You can refer yourself for an ACAT assessment, or a friend or family member or GP can do it on your behalf. Please contact MY AGED CARE on 1800 200 422.
Once you have been assessed and approved for a Home Care Package, you can choose Adssi and we will tailor a range of services based on your assessed need. There is a cost for this service as set out in the HCP guidelines which is based on 17.5% of the maximum basic pension rate. No client who is financially disadvantaged will be refused service based on their inability to pay.
If you have already been assessed and have an Aged Care Number, please click here: https://www.adssi.com.au/home-care-packages/
The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) provides in-home support including:
Domestic Assistance – provides assistance with essential cleaning of areas in the home that are regularly used including the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. The service can also include dish washing, ironing and meal preparation.
Linen Service – providing clean towels, sheets, pillow cases and bed pads. Pick up and delivery is provided twice a week. We may also be able .to help you with changing the bed linen.
Social Support – enjoy the company of others on our supported outings and bus trips. Trips include visits to nurseries, the movies, lunches, variety concerts and shopping. Special events are held to celebrate things like Easter and Christmas.
Our Men’s Group meets fortnightly and provides time and a place for men to enjoy the company of other men. Guest speakers are invited to speak on interesting topics and lunch is provided. Excursions are also arranged to visit museums and places of interest.
Adssi is a proud sponsor of the Bateau Bay Men’s Shed where men are welcome to spend time working on projects for themselves or the community, share stories and a cuppa, learn or teach in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. You do not need a referral to attend the Men’s Shed – simply phone them on 0435 807 633.
Personal Care – offers in-home support with showering, toileting, dressing and grooming. We have highly trained male and female staff who treat you with dignity, respect and consideration. You may require personal care assistance for a short period of time, following some time in hospital or recuperating from illness. Personal care can also be provided as a regular and ongoing service.
Flexible Respite Services – if you are a carer who provides significant levels of care and support to someone who has a disability, a chronic health condition or who is frail and aged, you may be eligible for in-home support respite services. In-home respite gives carers a break from their caring responsibilities by temporarily taking over the caring role. The break could be for a few hours, a full day or longer – just what you may need to attend to your own health and personal needs, or simply to recharge your batteries.
Our partnership with Breakaway in San Remo enables us to provide getaways for carers of the frail aged and people living with dementia and their carers. Respite getaways at include all meals, activities and personal assistance all set in beautiful, natural surroundings.
Home Modifications and Maintenance Service
Our qualified building services team can help improve safety and access in and around your home with:
- Installation of ramps, rails and other modifications that help you access and live in your home more safely
- Handyperson services for small home maintenance and repairs such as minor carpentry, electrical and plumbing
- Garden and lawn maintenance, one-off yard and rubbish clearance and gutter cleaning
- Major bathroom modifications and the installation of lifts are also possible via an application process to the HMM State Council
Occupational Therapy – our qualified, experienced and registered Occupational Therapists provide in-home assessments with the aim of improving your safety and independence both at home and in the community.
We will discuss what difficulties you or the person you care for may be having with simple day to day activities. It may be that you are starting to have difficulty getting out of bed or out of a chair, or that you are worried about having a fall. The home assessment is comprehensive and will take into consideration any medical conditions, current medication, and your ability to safely access the home and community. We will identify risks and hazards that may compromise your safety or independence.
The Occupational Therapist will make their recommendations in consultation with you and/or your carer and will first identify any simple solutions. This might be assistive equipment available for purchase or hire or a simple grab rail modification in the bathroom or toilet. More complex recommendations may be required such as a full bathroom modification.
Physiotherapy – our qualified, experienced and registered physiotherapists can come to your home to support you to get better and stay well. Physiotherapists assess, diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders. Physiotherapy helps repair damage, reduce stiffness and pain, increase mobility and improve quality of life.
Gardens and Lawns– we can help you with your garden and lawn mowing needs to help keep things tidy and safe.
After a stay in hospital people often need extra help for a short time when they get home. The ComPacks service is initiated by social workers or discharge planners while you are still in hospital.
Our qualified, experienced and accredited case managers provide assessment and case management services to assist a safe and supported return home from hospital for up to six weeks after hospital discharge. They can put in place short term services such as domestic assistance, personal care, meal preparation and transport to and from appointments. If services are required for a longer period the case manager can transition you from ComPacks into a program that provides the supports you require, subject to availability.
Please discuss this service with the hospital social worker, either before or during your hospital stay. ComPacks is a NSW Health initiative. For more information about the ComPacks program visit NSW Health.