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Home Care Services That Are Right For You
What is Home Care?
Finding the Home Care Service You Need
Home Care is any support needed to help an older person continue to live in their own home. It can include, for example, housekeeping, personal care, transport, assistance with medication, nursing care and meal preparation.
Home Care services help older people live independently in their own homes for longer. Many elderly people prefer to stay in their own homes than move into a nursing home or residential care as they become more frail. This can be achieved with the right home care and support.
Respite for Carers
Caring for the People You Love
Caring for someone you love can be both incredibly satisfying and at times stressful. As your loved one's needs increase, caring can become a full-time role and sometimes you also need a a meaningful break to reengage with your friends and the things you love doing so you can return to your caregiver role with renewed energy.
When you would like a break, help is at hand with our respite care services. When well-planned with appropriate support respite care for carers can be a positive experience for you and the person you care for. Talk to us about tailoring a package of respite and support to your needs.
Finding the Right Home Care Services For You
Home Care Services For You
Your home is your castle - a place you can live surrounded by your memories. Living in your own home enables you to maintain your lifestyle and stay connected with your community and the people you love.
Age, disability or a decline in your health can make it harder to care for your daily needs and maintain your home in the condition you like. But help is available. A little home care support can make a world of difference. You don't have to move to a nursing home or residential aged care facility. KinCare's Home Care services can be tailored to you. Our professional and caring staff consult you about your goals and provide the support you need to achieve them.
What Kinds of Home Care Are There?
When you start looking for home care services for older people you will come across all sorts of jargon. This can be confusing. So what are the different kinds of home service and what do they each really mean?
Housekeeping is also sometimes referred to as Domestic Assistance or Home Care. This service provides assistance any kind of light housework that an older person or a person with a disability struggles to do. This can include cleaning, vacuuming, dusting, washing and all sorts of other housework.
Our personal care service assists with personal hygiene and grooming. Our staff who deliver this service can help an elderly person get dressed or undressed, have a shower, shave, or use the toilet or bathroom. Personal care services can also support with the use of a hoist or provide other assistance with mobility. Many older people need assistance to better manage incontinence. Personal Care provides professional and discrete assistance to help avoid embarrassing situations and develop routines that support your lifestyle.
Our home care services are provided by staff with a variety of qualifications including a Certificate III in Aged Care, Certificate IV in Aged Care, or Nursing Degree. Many staff are specially qualified so they can monitor medication or provide assistance with medication. If you need services that provide any kind of medication support, please discuss this with us. It is very important that staff providing this service have the right skills for what is required and the type of medication involved.
Home Nursing is also sometimes referred to as Community Nursing. It is any home care support provided by a Registered Nurse or Enrolled Nurse in your home. Our nurses provide discreet assistance with your private health and hygiene to manage incontinence; gentle care and management of your skin and treatment of wounds and ulcers; and management of your medications or other health services in consultation with your doctor.
After an injury it can be difficult to settle back into your home. KinCare's Home Care services work in partnership with your medical and rehabilitation providers to enable you to return home faster and live as comfortably and independently as possible in your own home. Our services can be provided on a short-term basis during your rehabilitation or on a long-term basis where you require ongoing support.
Older people often don't go to the trouble of preparing means and their health can suffer as a result. Our meal preparation service helps prepare meals in your home. Meals can be to eat immediately or to store in the fridge or freezer for the next few days. Meal preparation services are planned around your dietary needs and preferences including cultural needs.
Transport services can help older people get to appointments, participate in community events, go shopping, or get out socially.
Government Funded Home Care Services
A wide variety of government funded home and community care services are available. The largest programs are Home and Community Care Program and Packaged Care.
The Home and Community Care Program or HACC is are generally for people with moderate service needs. All service types are available. Most clients use one or two different types of service. HACC services can sometimes also provide case management for people with complex needs.
Packaged Care services include Community Aged Care Packages, Extended Aged Care at Home and Extended Aged Care at Home - Dementia. They are generally used by people who have a variety of support needs and would like these met by one home care service provider. Packaged Care services are suitable for people with moderate to complex care needs.
Community Aged Care Packages or CACP provide are for elderly people with moderate support needs who need a mix of service types. CACPs can provide most service types, but do not include nursing services.
Extended Aged Care at Home Packages or EACH provide for people with complex support needs who need a mix of service types that may include nursing services.
Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia Packages or EACH-D are similar to EACH packages but offer additional support and services to assist with people with complex behavioural or psychological symptoms of dementia.
For further details about these home care services and other government subsidised services, see our services pages.
How Much Does Home and Community Care Cost?
KinCare team joins record crowd at the Alzheimer's Australia NSW Memory Walk and Jog, Sunday 6 May 2012: The KinCare team stood out in full colour as the largest team entered in a record crowd at the Alzheimer's Australia NSW Memory Walk and Jog on Sunday 6 May at Leichhardt Park. Read More...
Aged Care Reform: The Australian Government has announced reforms of Aged Care services in response to the recommendations of the Productivity Commission report on Aged Care. The government aims to create a more stable and sustainable future for the industry and improve services and choice for older people. Read More...
Wage Rises for Community Sector Employees: Fair Work Australia has awarded pay rises of beteween 19% and 41% over the next 8 years. This provides important recognition to community care workers but also has profound implications for the community care industry. Read More...
KinCare Acquire's Stanhope and Private Care as New Divisions: The CEO of Healthcare Australia, Mr Andy McRae, and the CEO of KinCare, Mr Jason Howie, have come to an arrangement that has established Stanhope and Private Care as divisions of KinCare. By bringing three of Australia's leading providers of in home care and nursing services together, KinCare, Stanhope and Private Care can increase the range, depth and coverage of their services nationally. Read More...
Live the Life you Love: Residents from Canberra and Queanbeyan are invited to attend KinCare's FREE 'Live The Life You Love' Community Forum. Learn how community care services can help you live independently in your own home for longer. Read More...
Pampering day for local carers provides much needed break: A pampering massage or relaxing manicure at a peaceful beauty parlour can be an exciting thought for anyone, but for local women who are caring for loved ones, it is a very special treat. Read More...
Productivity Commission Report: The Productivity Commission recently released its review of Aged Care. We support many of the proposed changes and have provided input throughout the project. Further details in our CEO blog: Producvity Commission Review.