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Understanding the Types of Aged Care Services

 Aged Care Services

Aged care support services offer care and support to the elderly in a range of ways.  These services are offered in the individual’s home, within the community, or in a residential aged care facility. Above all, they’re subsidised by the federal government of Australia.

Types of Aged Care

There’s a variety of aged care services on offer to support you at different stage of your life. Aged care services include the following (click on the link for further information):

Help at Home: Entry Level Support at Home

CHSP (Commonwealth Home Support Program) is an entry level program. It offers support to help individuals to continue living independently. Furthermore, it’s government subsidised. However, you may incur a small fee when you’re the recipient of such services. Support services include but aren’t limited to the following:

  • Community and home support
  • Food services
  • Allied health support services
  • Respite care (care for you while your carer has a break)

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Help at Home: More Complex Support at Home

Home care packages offer more complex support at home. The packages aim to support you in remaining in your own home. These services are government subsidised.

With this in mind, the types of services available under a home care package include the following:

  • Personal services
  • Nutrition, hydration, meal preparation and diet
  • Continence management
  • Mobility and dexterity
  • Nursing, allied health & therapy services
  • Transport & personal assistance
  • Management of skin integrity
  • Telehealth
  • Assistive technology
  • Aids and equipment

Moving Into an Aged Care Home

As people age, they might not be able to live independently anymore. There are many reasons for this, ranging from illness to disability, and so on.

Moreover, residential aged care is an option for people who’re unable to live independently any longer. It provides support for all cares. This includes activities of daily living, right through to 24 hour nursing care and end of life care.

Respite Care

Respite care is a short-term service. It’s designed to give carers a break, or to support them in emergency situations.

Furthermore, these services may be on a one off basis, a regular basis, or an emergency basis. They include the following:

  • Centre based or community based respite
  • Short-term care in an aged care home
  • Emergency care in an aged care home
  • Overnight respite care

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Transition Care

There are other types of flexible care that are less known. Another types of flexible care is transition care. Transition care is also a short-term program, offering additional support during recovery when you’re ready to leave hospital.

The services offered via the transition care program include low intensity therapy such as Physiotherapy, nursing care (e.g. stoma therapy) or personal care.

Short-Term Restorative Care

The short-term restorative care program takes place with a team of health professionals. The intention is to reduce or prevent health complications.

The services that are available (but not limited to) with short term restorative care are:

  • Accommodation in residential care
  • Aids and equipment (including mobility aids)
  • Continence management
  • Home maintenance
  • Nursing care

There’s an extensive list for short-term restorative care services. However, there’s limited places and it’s possible to access other government subsidised programs while on the waiting list. Additional services accessible through the short-term restorative care program include (but aren’t limited to) the following:

  • Nutrition, meal preparation and diet advice (dietetics), personal care and assistance
  • Allied health services such as physiotherapy and podiatry
  • Counselling services
  • Support services including cleaning or laundry, medication management, and emotional support
  • Transport services

Where Do I Get Started?

In summary, there’s Australian government subsidy for the services. In order to receive these services you’ll need to contact My Aged Care (1800 200 422) to arrange an assessment. The assessment will determine your eligibility for these services.

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