Is it time to have the aged care conversation?
Aged Care Ready Associate Director and Founder of the Facebook Group ‘Ageing Parents Support Group’, Naomi Anderson, held a very moving session and explored all the emotional questions many of the group members have.
The full interview can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.
She started with ‘Where to start when Mum/Dad needs to go into care?’
“Let’s go from the very beginning – different entry points for different families,” said Ms Anderson.
“It’s vital to start the conversation early – but this is not always easy to do,”
“If you’re wondering how to start the conversation, its critical to make sure they feel like they’re in control.”
Conversation can be basic (like Mum, I notice that you’re struggling with some of the house work, how about we get some assistance just to maintain your independence) – right through to full blown strategies (I’d like to be placed into a care facility that is small, with like minded people and a very active lifestyle calendar).
You must also be prepared with wills, POA, statement of choices, financial plan etc says Naomi.
Naomi acknowledges, in a perfect world – that’s what would happen. However we live in an imperfect world.
The two main pathways Aged Care Ready usually come across are:
- Parent is deteriorating and no longer coping at home, family is concerned.
- A catalyst has occurred and parent cannot leave hospital/transitional care/rehab to come home.
“Either way, the first thing is GP/medical r/v to rule out any underlying medical reasons for confusion for example. Is it delirium? Electrolyte imbalances, pathology/scans to check,” said Naomi Anderson.
“Next is the ACAT referral/approval which can be done by GP/Hospital or community (MyAgedCare website),”
“Then look into the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (council support for basic needs, transport to appointments, meals, medication administration etc) subsidised, so partially funded by the client https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/help-at-home/commonwealth-home-support-programme .”
Home Care Packages are provided by a home care provider (External Agency) and you will be allocated a level 1-4 package. Wait times vary.
For when additional help is needed – personal hygiene, cleaning, gardening, allied health meal prep, home modifications etc.) assessed and approved based on the level of care needed at that time, and there may be additional costs if the person can afford it (pays to see a financial planner here).
|Package level||Level of care needs|
|Level 1||Basic care needs – approximately $8,750 a year (3-6 months)|
|Level 2||Low care needs – approximately $15,500 a year|
|Level 3||Intermediate care needs – approximately $34,000 a year|
|Level 4||High care needs – approximately $51,500 a year (12+ months)|
You can also seek the Respite community (day centres for example)/residential (63 days per year) but there are fees associated with these.https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/short-term-care/respite-care
A permanent placement may also be an option.
Naomi is the Associate Director of Aged Care Ready and hosts weekly interviews with industry professionals.
Aged Care Ready do the hard work for you and we often save our clients on numerous fees because of our relationship with the providers.
If you or your loved ones are seeking care but don’t know where to begin or have found yourself in a sticky situation, contact our team today on 1300 023 589 and we will guide you through.
Direct link to video interview: https://youtu.be/vYsQJkAS_s4