“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.
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Q & A
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.