elderly care choices

Private Home Care

Are you looking for the best long-term private home care options for you, mum or dad? If so, this article provides some important information to consider when making this decision.

Although a person of any age may need long-term home care at some point in their life, long-term private home care services are usually associated with the ageing population of Australia when some tasks become overwhelming or perhaps just a little support would alleviate stress.

If you, your parent or loved one is experiencing any difficulty in performing daily activities, you may require the assistance of long-term home care services.

With a wide range of long-term private home care services operating in Australia, choosing the best service provider can be a sensitive issue and isn’t an easy task.

There are so many things to look for when choosing the best long-term private home care service for your ageing parent or loved one.

Most long-term care services are designed to let you or your ageing parent maintain as much independence as required while receiving the necessary assistance with daily tasks such as grooming, bathing, meal preparation, dressing and eating.

When you or your elderly parent is not taking proper care of themselves, the responsibility of the caregiving duties may fall back on you.

Needless to say, you may become overwhelmed with these caregiving duties taking into account your already busy lifestyle.

You may risk your own health and well-being to care for your elderly parent or loved one. That’s where long-term home care comes into the equation.

Evaluating Home Care Services – A Check List

The first step to choosing appropriate home care services is to understand the types of home care providers and services available to you. There are basically two main types of home care services.

Private Home Care services

Private Home Care organisations provide a wide variety of services including Registered Nurses for complex care needs and Carers for companionship, personal care, housekeeping, cooking and outings. They may also provide other types of staff such as Advisors, Assistants, Chefs, Drivers, Personal Trainers, Physiotherapists, and Occupational Therapists to name a few.

There is no limit to the number of hours of care provided each week and you can generally increase or decrease the time as your requirements change. With an agreed notice period you are not required to pay for shifts you do not require.

While Private Home Care may seem expensive you may find that it is more cost effective than other institutional alternatives.

Private Home Care services are arranged directly between you and the Private Home Care company. There is a wide variety in the level of quality and cost of home care companies.

When considering Private Home Care services some things to investigate and ask:

  • Does the company have appropriate insurance?
  • Do they provide documents about financial arrangements before service begins?
  • Do they have a Service Agreement? It is important so that there’s no misunderstanding about the service and cost to be provided.
  • Are they flexible? After all, it is all about you.
  • What are their recruitment processes?
  • Is there a criminal background check preformed prior to employment with agency?
  • Does the company provide worker’s compensation for employees? This is important so that you are not responsible for any injuries that occur on the job.
  • How do they determine appropriate staff for your needs? If a company asks where you live then offers you staff before even hearing about your needs you can be reasonably assured they allocate based on location as a priority.
  • Is it possible to interview potential Carers and make a selection after those interviews?
  • Do you get to decide what times and days suit your needs?
  • Who will be working in the home? Will there be regular staff providing continuity of care or do they change shifts around?
  • Is there a professional staff member, such as a Registered Nurse, that provides a plan to meet the needs of the client?
  • Who is the company’s main contact for you? Do you meet a Manager / Owner and then never hear from them again?
  • What additional support is offered within the cost of your care? For example are they available 24-hours a day, seven days a week?

Commonwealth Funded Home Care Services

Commonwealth Funded services are regulated by the Commonwealth and there are four levels of Home Care Packages. The care delivered ranges from 2.5 hours per week to around 15 hours per week.

An Aged Care Assessment is needed to be eligible for a Home Care Package. While Home Care Packages are government funded those who have the means to pay will be required to contribute to the cost of care.

For government funded care, a regular fee is charged whether you use the service or not. The government however requires that Providers send monthly statements to clients in order to keep track of package expenditure and available hours.

When considering home care, in addition to the points above, there are some things to investigate and ask:

  • Visit MyAgedCare web site and check out the Commonwealth funded providers in your area.
  • Ask what percentage of the full package is allocated to direct care.
  • Ask if you will have regular meetings with your Case Manager
  • Will you have the same staff each week
  • How much of a say will you have

Choosing home care services can feel overwhelming and stressful. For many older people, the option to remain in their home is worth the time and energy it takes to investigate home care services. To be able to remain independent and safe, in the comfort of the familiar surroundings is the goal of many older people. To feel in control of their life and choices is invaluable. Home care services make that option possible.

For additional information on first quality home care, call Luxe Care on 1300 848 365.

 

What is Home Care

Home care is a popular long-term care service in Australia.

Hiring a caregiver means that nursing, housekeeping, and personal care services can be provided to your elderly parents.

Home care includes a host of services such as caregiving, house keeping services, home health care, home telehealth, and more.

This also allows your loved ones to have a much greater level of independence compared to other forms of long term aged care services.

 

What are Community Care Services

Community care is another popular long-term care service in Australia.

There are many community care centres across the country however, you should do your homework before choosing the best service for your ageing parent or loved one.

Community care services allow your loved ones to access a safe, comfortable, and friendly centre, usually during the daytime.

Adult daycare centres, respite care, and transportation services are some of the popular community care services provided by community services.

Many of these services are operated by local Councils, the Department of veterans’ Affairs and government funded home care services. The type of services and level of amenity can vary greatly.

We recommend that if you are seeking community services that you do your homework and check out what is included and if you are a good fit for the clientele currently serviced. You want to make sure that you have interests in common and that the days will be enjoyable, doing things that you like to do.

 

What is Assisted Living?

assisted living

This is a long-term care option that combines assistance and housing with daily living activities as required by the client.

Your ageing parent or loved one will enjoy a private apartment, typically in a Retirement Village or similar setting. This usually will have all the facilities such as a meal service, often assistance with some cleaning each week, sometimes laundry services.

Often there may be scheduled transport, help with social events, and more.

These facilities provide access to some staff during the day and emergency call system overnight. We recommend that you only choose an assisted living facility after conducting extensive research first.

 

Nursing Homes

These long-term care facilities are ideal for the chronically ill or people who cannot receive care at their own homes.

Nursing homes can only be accessed after undertaking an Aged Care Assessment by the Aged care Assessment Team commonly referred to as ACAT. The team will come to your home or visit you in hospital and meet with you to determine your long term needs. If your care needs mean that you are suitable for nursing home care you will receive an approval for residential aged care from the Department of Health. This form will allow you to receive government funded aged care in a nursing home.

The costs for nursing homes can be high. There is a Basic Daily Care Fee,  an Income Tested Fee which has annual and lifetime caps and a Refundable Accommodation Deposit. The Refundable Accommodation Deposit can vary from anywhere between $250,000 to over $1,000,000 depending on the size of the room, the location and level of amenity of the nursing home.

Nursing homes will often have a specialist Alzheimer’s Or Dementia Care Unit to provide services for people needing memory care. They provide specialised memory care programs by specially-trained individuals and professionals.

Often they have extra security features such as secure gardens and locked doors to ensure the safety of the residents at all times.

Needing to find an aged care facility for an older family member or friend is usually a task that ‘suddenly’ happens. Many people find themselves suddenly in the position of needing to assist an older family member or friend to navigate the aged care maize and to determine and source the best options for residential aged care.

Most people are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. If the older person is in hospital the social worker, discharge planners, doctors and nurses can provide some advice. However, looking for a facility that meets the needs, preferences and budget of the individual falls to family members or close friends.

Some families want to and are able to undertake the research, visit multiple facilities, find vacancies, secure a bed and negotiate the financial arrangements. Other families have multiple other time commitments and cannot work ‘full time’ to find a suitable aged care facility with a vacancy; often within a short time period. Most aged care facilities only handle enquiries and conduct tours during business hours; making it very difficult for people with work commitments.

In most cases a suitable facility needs to be found in a short space of time; therefore distracting people from their professional and family life and other commitments. Making the best decision based on the persons health, social and financial considerations is essential.  Accessing and understanding accurate information is essential.

At many times throughout our lifetime we access expertise to provide the skills and knowledge that enable us to make the best possible decision for our circumstances. Accessing support in navigating the aged care maize and finding a suitable facility takes away the fear of the unknown and reduces stress and anxiety. Utilising accurate information enables older people and their families to feel empowered and be confident in making the best possible decision for their circumstances at a very stressful time.

 

Why Luxe Care

At Luxe Care, we provide the highest quality personalised care and support to enable older people to remain at home.

If you are unsure which long term service is best for you, we will discuss your circumstances and preferences and help you understand your options. We want to help.

Please call us today on 1300 848 365 or contact us via our website contact form.