“Mum wants to stay living at home, but I just don’t know how I will cope with caring for her.”
You are not alone if you feel this way. We hear statements like this all the time. That is why we provide the services we do. No-one should have to leave their own home because they don’t know where to seek help.
With proper care planning, management and coordination of services it is definitely possible for older parents to remain living in their own home, without you feeling stressed, exhausted and run-down. Navigating your way around the aged care system is no easy feat, and that is why we are here to support you in this process.
If your parents can afford to pay privately for all their care needs then the process is very simple, and all you need to do is get in touch with us.
If you parents are eligible for Government funded packages then you may want to research this yourself, or you can engage our services to assist you with this.
As a starting point you can:
- Write down all the areas that you feel you, and your parent, need support with so that they can continue to live in their own home
- Go to the My Aged Care website and search for the support you are looking for http://www.myagedcare.gov.au/
- Find out if you are eligible to receive the Carer Pension/Payment https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/carer-payment?utm_id=7
- Find out if you are eligible to receive the Carer Allowance https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/carer-allowance
- Check out our Resources page – you may find it helpful!
Home Safety and Falls prevention:
- Is your parent safe at home? You may need to contact an Occupational Therapist (OT) to come out and complete an assessment.
- Your parent may be eligible for subsidised OT services, but these may also mean you are placed on a waiting list before you are seen.
- If you can afford to pay privately or need an OT assessment urgently find a professional near you
Who’s caring for you?
Carer stress can have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing, as well as the relationship you have with your parent:
- Have you planned for some down-time, some me-time?
- Think about the activities you enjoy, that relax you, and work out a plan to take this time-out
- Do you need to pay for care workers to come and spend some time with your parent so you can get a break?
- Can your parent spend a weekend, or longer, in a respite facility to give you some time out? Would it be helpful for someone to come into the home while you get a few hours to yourself?
To find out more about the options provided by the Government go to the Carer Gateway https://www.carergateway.gov.au/
- Contact the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre if you require urgent respite/short-term care solutions.
1800 052 222 – during business hours
1800 059 059 – outside business hours
If you feel daunted in any way please email us and we can arrange a complementary 15 minute conversation with you. You need not be alone. We are highly skilled independent case managers and we love what we do. We are here for you every step of the way.