Helping more seniors to access home care support
Twenty-three thousand new home care packages for seniors were a feature of Tuesday night’s Federal Budget, however additional support for more older Australians is required.
Carinity has welcomed the additional home care packages and urges the Government to keep investing in extra packages to meet the needs of the nation’s increasingly ageing population.
“Carinity welcomes the Government funding 23,000 additional home care packages to support more seniors to remain living safely and independently in their home,” Carinity Home Care Manager Janelle Heyse said.
“However, we would welcome additional home care packages to ensure that more Australians can get the best quality care they require, while reducing waiting times for those seeking home care services.”
Home care packages enable older people to remain living independently in their homes. Tailored services include basic support to keep seniors healthy and safe, assisting with personal and nursing care, and getting out and about in the community.
Dave and Andrea Williamson sought help from Carinity Home Care for cleaning and gardening around the house after Dave was hospitalised following a fall.
Andrea says home care help allows her and her husband to maintain their independence and feel safe and secure in their home, where they have lived for almost 60 years.
Carinity Home Care also assisted the Williamsons to access funding for a Government-subsidised home care package, a process they had found confusing.
“Walking through the Government paperwork is difficult and trying to decipher what they’re all trying to say is just mind boggling,” Dave says.
Andrea adds: “It is understandable that some people may need help. To work through the paperwork that you get can be hard to understand without some assistance.”
Locally-based Carinity Lifestyle Coordinators visit seniors in their home to help them and their families understand how home care packages work, how to access Federal Government funding, and discuss tailored solutions Carinity Home Care can provide.
“Whether you’re just starting to look into available support or feeling like you may require a little extra help at home, Carinity Home Care is here to answer all your questions,” Carinity Home Care Manager Janelle Heyse said.
Janelle said Carinity Home Care, which has services from Rockhampton to the Gold Coast and west to Toowoomba, is all about helping seniors to live their lives to the fullest.
“Whatever you or your loved one wants to get out of life, we’ll work with you to make it happen,” Janelle said.
For more information visit www.CarinityHomeCare.org.au or call 1300 109 109.