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STAY AT HOME: Home Care Packages make staying at home safer and more comfortable. Picture: Supplied
STAY AT HOME: Home Care Packages make staying at home safer and more comfortable. Picture: Supplied

With more and more people opting out of aged-care and choosing to stay in their homes, the Australian Government's Home Care Package program makes funding and finding the right support just a little bit easier.

"Studies show that people are happier and healthier when they are able to remain in their own homes," said Tricia Van De Paverd, Director of Community Interlink.

"More people are choosing the option to remain at home utilising Home Care Package funds and Community Interlink has the expertise to help people to do this."

A Home Care Package is an Australian Government funding subsidy for services enabling seniors to live independently, in their own home. Four levels of Home Care Package are available, catering for a wide range of needs, from lower level to more intensive. Each with its own level of funding.

"As a person ages, they find that some tasks become more difficult for them. These tasks can be anything including walking the dog, mowing the lawn, laundry and household cleaning to preparing meals, getting to appointments or just getting out of bed and around the house," Ms Van De Paverd explains.

"As a person ages, they find that some tasks become more difficult for them. These tasks can be anything including walking the dog, mowing the lawn, laundry and household cleaning to preparing meals, getting to appointments or just getting out of bed and around the house,

Director of Community Interlink, Ms Van De Paverd

Packages can be used for in-home support such as housework or meal preparation, transport to and from medical appointments, home maintenance and monitoring devices or household safety features.

Navigating the application and eligibility process can be tricky for people who don't have knowledge of the process. A Home Care Provider, like Community Interlink, helps people to understand what the funds can be used for and what services are available in their area.

"Community Interlink has experienced Case Managers and Service Support Coordinators to help a person to understand the aged care journey and provide guidance and support to them and their families to ensure they are safe and independent at home for as long as possible," says Ms Van De Paverd.

Community Interlink is a non-profit organisation which works as a partnership between regional hospitals and local health services from across the border region. "Input from all around our regions supports our knowledge and ability to reach those in remote locations," Ms Van De Paverd adds.

Before funding is allocated, a comprehensive assessment by a qualified Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) will be undertaken. If you're over the age of 65 and finding you are no longer able to manage at home without some help, you can call My Aged Care on 1800 800 110 to request an assessment.

Community Interlink's Intake team will also be happy to answer any questions or provide advice and support.

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