Access for support for all Australians to stay living independently is via The Federal Government’s My Aged Care.
My Aged Care provides a simple way for older people, their families and carers to get information about and gain access to community care services. Anyone looking for support to stay living at home, or helping someone to do so, can call the MY AGED CARE Gateway on 1800 200 422 to make your initial enquiry.
The My Aged Care team will assess the needs and eligibility of the person during a confidential telephone assessment. You may be referred for an assessment in your home by the Regional Assessment Service (RAS).
Adssi HomeLiving Australia is happy to receive your referral from the Regional Assessment Team (RAS) – simply mention our name to your in-home assessor.
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.
Services the government funds include:
Domestic Assistance – provides assistance with essential cleaning of areas in the home that are regularly used. The service can also include dish washing, ironing and meal preparation.
Linen Service – our linen service provides clean towels, sheets, pillow cases and bed pads. Our pick up and delivery service 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. Gentlemen may enjoy our Men’s Group which operates fortnightly and provides time and a place for men to enjoy the company of other men.
We can help with transport to appointments and with shopping, and we can arrange for a friendly volunteer to come and have a cuppa and a chat with you at home.
Adssi HomeLiving Australia 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.
Case Management– offers people with complex physical/medical, social and/or emotional needs who need the short term, periodic or longer term services of an experienced case manager to help them to coordinate a range of services to help them to continue to live in the community and develop self-suffiency.
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 respite services. 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 respite breaks for carers of the frail aged, people with disabilities or those who suffer dementia by organising ‘camps’ for the person you care for. Respite camps at Breakaway include meals, activities and personal assistance and the buildings are set in beautiful natural surroundings.
Home Modifications and Maintenance Service (HMMS) – our HMM services help improve safety and access in and around the home. Services can include:
- Installation of ramps, rails and other modifications that help you access and live in your home more safely (government subsidised services require an Occupational Therapy assessment before modifications can begin – the assessment is free of charge)
- 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. The Occupational Therapist can make a referral to Adssi HomeLiving Australia’s Home Modification and Maintenance (HMM) service or another service in your local area to have the modifications carried out.
Gardens and Lawns– we can help you with your garden and lawn mowing needs to help keep things tidy and safe.
To be referred to us for any of these services you must phone MY AGED CARE Gateway on 1800 200 422 or visit www.myagedcare.gov.au
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.
Home Care Packages
Our Home Care Packages provide services for frail older people who have been assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) as requiring hostel level care but are able to continue to live in their own homes. Support services may include transport, assistance with shopping, meal preparation, personal care and domestic assistance.
You must be assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) to assess your eligibility for a Home Care Package. You can make a self referral for this assessment by calling MY AGED CARE on 1800 200 422..
Once you have been assessed and approved for a Home Care Package, you can choose Adssi HomeLiving Australia 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.adssihomeliving.com.au/home-care-packages/