Aged care options and questions? Ask Nicky.

Are you considering aged care options for yourself or a loved one to stay at home?  Are you confused or not sure where to start?

Researching the options for aged care can seem like a maze and often leave you with more questions than answers. Let Dr. Nicky Howe, Southcare CEO, guide you through and help you understand the options that are available to support you or your loved ones to live independently in your own home and community.

As a community based not-for-profit aged care provider, we are here to help and have developed a range of resources designed to help you through this journey

Aged Care Videos

Watch some candid conversations between Dr. Nicky Howe, Southcare CEO and her mum Janet discussing how getting older is impacting on her and Colin and the aged care options available.

How To Get Aged Care Services at Home

When you might start to consider getting help at home, the process to get started, contact for My Aged Care, assessment process and costs.
Read more on How To Get Help at Home

How to Choose an Aged Care Service Provider

What to look for or ask when looking at selecting an aged care provider.
Read more on costs and use our comparison tool

Aged Care Costs… Explained

Explaining the money maze that surrounds aged-care from funds available to fees and charges.
Read more on costs and use our comparison tool

 What is a Home Care Package?

What Home Care Packages are, how a HCP is different to different other funded aged care support services and who might be eligible.

Hours of Service in A Home Care Package

Discussing hours of service you might receive from a Aged Home Care Package.

Where to get more information on aged care?

How you can access information about aged care, especially if you don’t use a computer often (it’s easy just call Southcare, 9450 6233).


Six Tips for Brain Fitness

Dr Brockis is a medical practitioner, health brain advocate, future mind planner and the author of Future Brain and an expert in Brain Fitness. In this video she talks with Dr. Nicky Howe, Southcare CEO, about six things we can all do to improve our brain fitness.

 Aged Care Worker Accountability & Safety

Comparing providers and the questions to ask around Service Provider accountability and safety.

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“Aged Care: Ask Nicky” with Jenny Seaton on Curtin Radio

Dr. Nicky Howe, Southcare CEO will be joining Jenny Seaton for the Afternoon Show on Curtin Radio ​each month to talk all things aged care.

Do you have questions to “Ask Nicky”? Email your question using the above form or call in live.

Listen to previous segments on aged care below.

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Free aged care seminar

SeminarDateInformation and Registrations
How to get help to modify your home and make things easier for you.Tuesday 12th November 2019

10 to 11am

  Book here

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Q & A

What is HACC?

Government funded services for people that require a low level of in home support i.e. assistance with domestic chores, gardening maintenance, shopping etc It’s for people with low level support needs.

What is HCP?

A Home Care Package (HCP) is a government funded support service the helps you live independently in your own home with a package of care, services and case management to meet your individual support needs. You have flexibility and choice about who delivers your care. The services are for a more complex level of  care needs; tailored to  your individual requirements and includes case management.

What are the signs I need help at home?

Some signs you might need help at home;

  • It is becoming harder to get to the store, the doctor, or other appointments.
  • You are having difficulty keeping up with the daily chores around your home such as house cleaning, changing the bed sheets.
  • You don’t have as much energy or motivation.
  • It’s getting more difficult to maintain the garden.

Getting help is a preventative measure that can keep you independent and active in your home longer.

What funding is available?

Depends on the level of care required- level 2 around $1200 per month; level 3 around $2600 per month; level 4 around $4100 per month.

We probably aren’t eligible for funding…

If you’re not on an aged pension you will be income tested. Your financial situation won’t stop you from accessing some funds for services however you will be asked to contribute to the services you receive.

What if I'm privately funded?

We can still provide home care services if your care is not subsidised by the Government. The only difference is you skip the assessment process, which means you can access services much faster.

I feel guilty taking services from people who might need it more...

You will go through a robust assessment process when accessing services therefore if you have been deemed as requiring services then you should accept the assistance because it means you will be able to remain living independently and connected to your community for longer.