No place like home support
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.
Visit www.careandageingexpo.com.au. 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. gov.au.
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.