Home care can mean two different things—taking care of a home and service performed by a trained carer, such as aged care at home. Below is an overview of the latter:
What is home care?
Home care is a wide array of home-based services and products provided by an aged care agency to a client. In Australia, home care is under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, together with residential care and flexible care. The most common subtype of home care is aged care at home, followed by disability home care and respite care.
1. Aged care at home
In order to get aged care at home that’s being funded by the government, you or your aged parent must undergo an eligibility assessment first. Once they pass, they will be provided with an assessment result indicating the type of service, funding, and aged care agency they will get. The results vary depending on your aged parent’s needs, medical condition, and their degree of independence. Private home caring for the aged may include service types such as therapy, personal care such as grooming, transport, home-modifying, companionship, meals, and other social exercises. Click here Arcare
How do you know your aged loved one is receiving the best home care?
You are receiving the ideal service if you have freedom in making decisions for your loved one. As broad as it may sound, this doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want without the guidance of professional carers. Having freedom means being able to speak out your opinions and being heard without being looked down on. This is the way it should be, as aged care agencies today are mandated by the government to give the clients autonomy on managing their home care packages as much as possible.
More on that freedom:
Customer Direct Care (CDC). In Australia, as a response to the plea of the clients, the Commonwealth Government introduced CDC to care providers and clients in 2015. CDC mandates care providers to practice attentive and active collaboration with their customers (the aged and disabled) at all times. Transparency and disclosure in funding, services that will be provided, and care plans are also being practiced by care provides. As for the client’s part, they are expected to cooperate as well.
2. Disability in homecare
Contrary to a slightly popular notion, the elderly are not the only ones who can receive home care packages. Disabled bona fide Australian citizens, young or old, can also apply for home care packages. In a disability home care package, a disabled patient such as a stroke survivor may receive the following services:
– Basic home chores – The carer prepares and cooks meals and maintains safety in their environment
– Car service – The agency may provide transportation or the carer drives the client’s car if they have transactions such as a doctor’s appointment or socialising with other people in the community
– Personal grooming – Bathing, showering, or even haircuts
– Emotional assistance – The carer is trained in handling possible outbursts/nervous breakdowns
3. Respite care
This package is well-known for being “temporary care” to clients and is available depending on the aged care agency. Arcare, for instance, offers respite care to families who are hesitant in admitting their loved one to an aged care residence and wants a trial period first. Additionally, this is also availed by families who go on vacations and holidays and carers who simply want to take a break from taking care of their parents.