Recent government figures show that there are a large number of older people across Australia who are waiting for a home care package to be assigned to them. These people have been assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Team as requiring assistance via the provision of a home care package but are in the national queue waiting for a package to be assigned to them. Anecdotally, some people are waiting up to 12 months and beyond for their package.
While the Government recently announced that 10,000 packages would be released across Australia in early 2019, there will still be a significant number of people waiting for a package. Anglican Care’s Marketing Manager, Kylie Jacques, says that with older Australians preferring to receive support and services in their own home and live independently for as long as possible, it certainly presents many challenges for seniors and their families.
“Anglican Care is keen to provide assistance to seniors when they most need it and we want to assist people to begin accessing much needed home care as soon as possible at a price they can afford,” says Kylie.
“From early January we are offering our new HomeLife Assist service so that people can start to access services now”.
Available in the three regions in which Anglican Care operates, these being the Hunter, Mid Coast and Central Coast in NSW, the service has been developed in response to numerous requests the organisation has received from frustrated seniors and their carers who are keen to avoid both carer burnout and to avoid premature or unwanted admission to residential aged care.
“HomeLife Assist is a great way for people to begin to access much needed support immediately. We can offer up to 2 hours of services at a cost of $70 a week and once people receive their home care package, we can provide a seamless transfer to a HomeLife Home Care Package. We make it easy with a team that people have become familiar with and additional access to our care advisors, case management services, clinical and allied health support teams, and our highly skilled Nurse Practitioner,” says Kylie.
Benefits of this new service:
- Access to much needed services whilst on the national queue, for example, personal care, meal prep, shopping, cleaning and in home respite.
- Continuity of Care Workers so we get to know you and you us.
- No entry or exit fees.
- Flexible support services that suit your individual needs and can change at your request.
- Local organisation, local staff, local knowledge.
- We can service all your aged care needs: home care, residential care, retirement living, respite, dementia and palliative care.
For those seniors that have had an ACAT assessment and are eligible for a home care package but are still waiting in the national queue, don’t delay, call our Customer Support Team on 1800 733 553.