My Aged Care Questions.


When to start to investigate your needs for care in your later years?

As my friends and I approached our 80th. birthdays, we began to seriously think about how we could manage to stay independent and healthy for as long as possible, without making any changes.

What is available?

In order to thoughtfully prepare for a time when we could no longer manage to live alone, in our family home, we investigated as many options as we could in order to be able to discuss the merits of each type of accommodation.

There are very expensive purpose built Retirement Villages and for those who have the finances, that could be the answer. However, I did not have that option so I decided to live in a rental unit for independent over ’55’s.

When I am no longer able to stay here, because of more intense nursing care needs, I will be able to look further into the possibility of a Nursing Home. Most people do not want this for themselves, and you don’t have to be anxious about it, you can only get into one if you are referred by a hospital or GP because you definitely need that level of care.

Do you need more information about ageing independently at home?

Do you care for an older person who needs help at home?

Do you have trouble finding the information you need about aged care at home?

A free and friendly community service is available:

Aged Care Know-How 03 62313265 cotatas.org.au

My Aged Care

Clients wanting to access services through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme will need to contact My Aged Care for initial eligibility screening either electronically or by phone.

After the My Aged Care contact centre identifies their level of need, the client will undergo either a home support assessment or a comprehensive assessment (by an existing Aged Care Assessment Team). Clients wanting to access services through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme will need to contact My Aged Care for initial eligibility screening either electronically or by phone.

After the My Aged Care contact centre identifies their level of need, the client will undergo either a home support assessment or a comprehensive assessment (by an existing Aged Care Assessment Team).

Clients wanting to access services through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme will need to contact My Aged Care for initial eligibility screening either electronically or by phone.

After the My Aged Care contact centre identifies their level of need, the client will undergo either a home support assessment or a comprehensive assessment (by an existing Aged Care Assessment Team). I was introduced to the perplexing world of Aged Care just before my 80th. Birthday.

Being unfamiliar with what was available to help me settle in to my new home state, I asked for help from a Social worker at the Dept. of Human Services.

That was a smart thing to do because I had no idea about registering with My Aged Care but this woman went straight to the phone and began the process.

Maybe you or a family member can go directly to www.myagedcare.gov.au

Or ring 1800200422 in order to be assessed for the benefits you are entitled to in order to keep you healthy and happy living in your choice of accommodation as you age.

In the community there are so many groups offering services and by contacting one or more a representative will come to your home to discuss what help you may need with the following:

Domestic Help

Nursing Care

Transport

Social Support.   The best advice is that YOU make the choices. 

After the My Aged Care contact centre identifies your level of need, you will undergo either a home support assessment or a comprehensive assessment (by an existing Aged Care Assessment Team).

From 1 July, My Aged Care will introduce a central, streamlined pathway for assessment and referrals into aged care services for people aged over 65. 

Service providers will be able to make one electronic referral to My Aged Care for multiple services for a client, with the development of a streamlined and consistent client referrals process across local health districts, and the use of a central client record.

Implementing Wellness and Reablement

Integral to the changes to Aged Care are concepts of wellness and reablement, seeking to work with people and their carers to maximise their independence and autonomy. The wellness approach involves a holistic or whole person view, and encourages clients having difficulty with activities of daily living to increase their ability – to ‘do with’, rather than ‘do for’. 

Aged Care RAS will aim to understand the client’s needs, abilities and strengths, and use this information to develop the client’s support plan, with targeted interventions that work towards a person’s goal or desired outcome.

 

You do not know precisely what is happening,

  Or exactly where it is all going.

  What you need to recognise are the possibilities

  And challenges offered by the present moment

  And to embrace them with

  Courage, faith and hope.”

                      Thomas Merton