The benefits of Home Care Packages
Home Care has become an increasingly popular choice for aged care support even before the COVID pandemic, as having a Home Care Package gives older Australians the option to continue living independently in their own homes for as long as possible, with support.
It is widely known that the Residential Aged Care sector has been hit particularly hard by the COVID pandemic, with increased risk of exposure to the virus, and Residential Aged Care Facilities being hit by chronic staff shortages.
In 2022, elderly Australians accessing Home Care Packages are at a distinct advantage. They are not subject to any of the restrictions or responsibilities imposed by the relevant Government Health departments on Residential Aged Care facilities during the pandemic. Home Care Package recipients can carry on their lives as normal, with their usual services being provided in-home by their provider.
So, what is so great about Home Care Packages?
We have summarised the key benefits for you below.
- Stay living in your own home where you tend to feel happiest and most comfortable.
- Independence can be retained with a little help in areas where it's needed.
- Personalised care – Home Care Packages are tailored to your particular needs and lifestyle.
- Peace of mind for your family, knowing that you are being cared for when they can’t be there.
- Affordability! Living independently in your home and receiving support via a Home Care Package is significantly more cost-effective than residential care.
Client safety and wellbeing
At Accept Care, the safety and wellbeing of our clients are our biggest priority. Home Care providers must adhere to all public health orders issued by the relevant state or territory government, which includes:
- Regular staff testing
- Vaccination requirements
- Strict infection control and PPE guidelines.
If you stay living in your home with a Home Care Package for support, you are not exposed to a large group of other residents and staff. You will usually have one regular team of Home Support Workers and may have a dedicated nurse or other allied health professional visit you, reducing the risk of infection. You can still carry on your usual activities out of the home if you wish, taking the usual COVID-safe guidelines of mask-wearing, social distancing and hand-washing.
How can I find out more?
If you are at the point where you are considering residential care or home care for yourself or for a loved one, talk to us about the options and how a Home Care Package can be tailored to suit your situation, helping you to stay in your own home longer. Visit ‘Navigating My Aged Care’ which helps you understand the initial steps on the path to accessing Home Care Packages or Home Care Services.
We know that it can be difficult to know whether Residential Care or Home Care is best for you. Our two resources below might help you make the right decision for you or your loved one:
Get in Touch
If you have any questions or would like to discuss Home Care Package options please contact us or call on 08 8251 5186 to speak to one of our friendly care coordinators.