No place like home sup­port

Cockburn Gazette - - SENIORS LIFE -

con­sul­tants, tech­nol­ogy and sup­port groups.

Cre­ated by Lead­ing Age Ser­vices Aus­tralia (LASA), the Care and Ageing Expo as­sists the com­mu­nity to nav­i­gate through what can be a con­fus­ing jour­ney.

“The expo aims to help people un­der­stand what is avail­able in ev­ery as­pect of ageing well,” or­gan­iser Richard Campbell said.

The Bethanie Life­style sem­i­nar stage with former ABC pre­sen­ter Ver­ity James as MC will pro­vide a con­tin­u­ous stream of valuable con­sumer in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing dis­cus­sion pan­els with op­por­tu­ni­ties for ques­tions.

Top­ics range from aged care fi­nances and home care plan­ning, to how to care for those with de­men­tia, to learn­ing about cy­ber crime and safety for se­niors.

A more in­for­mal Chat Lounge will fo­cus on tech­nol­ogy, stay­ing healthy and in­no­va­tive prod­ucts to make life eas­ier. PEOPLE want to re­main in­de­pen­dent as they age and get­ting home sup­port is often the pre­ferred route.

In or­der to access sub­sidised home care, people are as­sessed by the Gov­ern­ment’s Aged Care As­sess­ment team, which de­ter­mines the level of care the per­son is el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive.

This can in­clude the Com­mon­wealth Home Sup­port Pro­gramme (CHSP), an en­try-level ser­vice, or home care pack­ages which are de­signed for people with mod­er­ate to high needs.

Home care pack­ages range from level 1 – pro­vid­ing help with daily liv­ing such as trans­port, do­mes­tic as­sis­tance and gar­den­ing – to level 4, pro­vid­ing more per­sonal care, nurs­ing and de­men­tia care.

De­pend­ing on your per­sonal cir­cum­stances

Mr Campbell said the Care and Ageing Expo had proven to be an ideal way of en­cour­ag­ing aged con­sumers and their fam­i­lies to con­tem­plate how to create a con­tented en­vi­ron­ment for ageing well.

LASA chief ex­ec­u­tive Sean Rooney said that in a rapidly evolv­ing aged care en­vi­ron­ment, the expo would play a valuable role in help­ing con­sumers un­der­stand their op­tions.

Visit­andageing­ there is the pos­si­bil­ity you will have to con­trib­ute to your care.

There is a small hourly fee for each CHSP ser­vice.

Like­wise when you re­ceive a home care pack­age, fees ap­ply.

These in­clude a ba­sic daily fee for ev­ery day you re­ceive a home care pack­age, cur­rently rang­ing up to $10.54 per day for the level 4 pack­age, and an in­come-tested care fee, with the amount you will be asked to pay to­wards the cost of your care based on an in­come as­sess­ment.

De­pend­ing on your home care provider, there will also be other fees for pack­age man­age­ment and care man­age­ment fees.

All providers need to pro­vide pric­ing on­line and you can see all costs at www.myaged­care.

There is the op­tion to pay for home care pri­vately.

People choose to pay for ser­vices if they have been ap­proved for a home care pack­age but are wait­ing on a pack­age to be al­lo­cated, or if they want to top up the ser­vices they al­ready re­ceive.

Amana Liv­ing is one of the largest and most com­pre­hen­sive providers of aged care in WA.

The not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides a full range of home care ser­vices, from help­ing people with daily chores such as cook­ing and clean­ing to pro­vid­ing health care, in­clud­ing physio, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy and nurs­ing.

If you need help un­der­stand­ing what help is avail­able, call Amana Liv­ing on 1300 26 26 26 to dis­cuss all your op­tions.

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