BRINGING HEALTH CARE TO OUR COMMUNITIES
BRINGING HEALTH CARE TO OUR COMMUNITIES
For Many years now Community Health Care Services have been delivering care to the frail aged, young disabled, those requiring nursing, allied health, or in my case, personal care support following release from hospital, and carers, and help to carers in need of support and education.
Whether you are living in your own home or in a retirement village, Community Carers can help you maintain your independence and enjoyment of life. They understand that everyone of us have a different need and that we live in a different place. Because of this, they offer a diverse range of services across community and residential care.
Their nurses are legendary and can visit you at home to treat a wide range of ailments, including wound care, palliative care and continence care advice. These nurses work along side the Allied Health Professionals and Personal Carers to assist the clients with their mobility and to maintain their enjoyment with their lives.
Every day qualified staff care for many clients either in their own homes or in one of the many Aged Care Facilities or Respite Caring Centres. Clients are able to enjoy peace of mind knowing that these Community Carers are there to assist their clients and their loved ones
HELP TO CONTINUE LIVING AT HOME
HOME CARE SERVICES
Assisting our frail aged people with the care needs that they need to continue living in the comfort of their own homes where possible is a priority these days. There are many services available today. These services of course are not only available to our aged citizens, but also, for someone who is suffering from dementia, someone with a mental illness , or people suffering disabilities, a chronic illness, or requiring palliative care.
Community Carers offer a wide range of flexible, short and long-term assistance, which is provided by a dedicated team of Community Nurses, Trained Care Workes and Volunteers. To ensure that the best quality of care where possible is given, Registered Nurses , Endorsed Enrolled Nurses, Physiotherapists, Nutritionists, Counsellors, Personal Care Workers and of course Education Consultants, are employed by various branches of the Community Services available in our communities.
SERVICES FOR THE AGED;
The services provided to our frail aged citizens over the years has improved and provided a flexible and well managed planned set of daily tasks, which are designed and tailored to the particular needs of the persons receiving the service.
The types of services you may receive can be divided into two main integrated packages, which are called Community Aged Care Packages and Extended Aged Care at Home Packages. These services are very flexiable and may be altered as each recipients needs change.
COMMUNITY AGED CARE PACKAGES
Community Aged Care Packages (CACP's) offer a planned and managed set of care services which are designed and tailored to the particular needs of each person requiring them. The types of services that each person may receive as part of their CACP' plan depends on the special needs required.
EXTENDED AGED CARE PACKAGES:
The Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) program assists frail aged and sick people to remain in their homes, supported by a high level of care through an approved service provider.
To ensure that the correct type of service is provided to the recipient, they are required to undertake an assessment to determine the level of care that they need in order to remain at home. The outcome of this assessment will therefore assist the carer to formulate a care plan that is suitable for the day to day assistance of the recipient to either maintain or recover a level of independence in their own homes.
HACC SERVICES PROVIDED IN THE HOME
(home help/home care) household jobs like cleaning, clothes washing and ironing done, cleaning floors
Help with bathing or with showering, dressing , hair care and help with toileting
This is provided in the home by a qualified Registered Nurse. They can assist with wound dressing, especially when someone has had surgery and needs dressing changes daily, and also continence advice .
Home maintenance is the general repair of a client's house or in the yard . An example of this would be fixing door locks , changing light bulbs, or doing some general plumbing duties
The services carried out in home modifications could include such thins as adding support rails in the bathroom, putting in ramps where needed to assist with walking up stairs or putting in alarms . Simple changes to the rooms in the house can be undertaken i.e. bathroom remodelling .
HACC SERVICES PROVIDED IN THE COMMUNITY
Transport can be provided to assist people getting out and about to a day centre, or to do some shopping. They can also be assisted when they are required to go to an appointment i.e. doctor, hairdresser or some other place.
Clients can be given help with going to do their everyday things, such as going shopping, to the bank, or just when they need a bit of cheering up or a little chat to give them a lift for the day. Sometimes too, they need some advice and can be referred to the appropriate facility to receive the help that they require.
WHAT IS RESPITE CARE
Respite care offers the opportunity for both the career, and the person that they are caring for, to be able to take a break from each other. This could be for a few hours, a day, a night or even for a few weeks. Respite is needed to relieve the stress of being a carer or simply making time to do chores such as shopping and cleaning. Respite care is provided by Community Care Services, such as those that are provided by the Home and Community Services (HACC) and the National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP), It is available in a number of ways
This is the most commonly know form of respite when the older person enters an aged care home for a few days or weeks. Although Residential Aged Care Homes are allocated respite places, they are not required to keep these solely available for respite provisions. Bookings need to be made in advance, although in the case of emergencies, it can be organised quite quickly.
Day Care Respite:
Day Care Respite is provided at the Day Care Centres , Community Centres, some Residential Aged Care Homes . Local Health Centres may also provide this facility as well.
Short Term Respite:
It is important for carers to have a few hours to themselves, so this type of respite is very good. It usually occurs in the clients own home where a familiar person visits and cares for the person. This can also be carried out at a Day or Therapy Centre.
CARE RESPITE CENTRES
These details that I have outlined are carried out in Australia. However, I would expect that these services are also carried out in other countries, but they are referred to in a different fashion. I do believe though that each Country would have a facility for their aged citizens to be looked after in a suitable way, similar to Australia, but referred to in a different way.
HOME CARE VERSUS FACILITY CARE
Recent survey costs for the ongoing care of an elderly person were found to be higher at home than in a low or high cae facility. A resident in a Low Care Facility pay an upfront security bond which can be fairly high. They must also pay a fee per day. If they require something extra in their care. Loss of self-determination is a bit cost to the elderly people. In most facilities, the resident isn't able to choose their caregiver nor determine their daily routine. They have to share living areas and often must live in a smaller personal space.
On the other hand Home Care does not require any upfront payments, and is only paid for as needed. The individual is able to control the time of care, who assists them and the ways their days are structured.
When decisions are needed to be made about a aged family member, it is not easy to do. When considering finances, remember that facility care is not necessarily the lowest cost alternative.
If cost forecasts for Home Care versus Facility Care are essentially equal, the ability to remain in control of one's life should tip the scales in favour of staying in the surroundings that are familiar to you.
- COMMUNITY CARE SERVICES ARE COMMITTED TO HELPING YOU ENJOY A HEALTHIER LIFE
- THEY ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT PROVIDING YOU WITH A HIGH QUALITY HEALTH CARE.
- THEY OFFER SUPPORT WHEREVER IT IS NEEDED
- THEY PROMOTE EQUALITY OF ACCESS TO SERVICES AND TREAT EVERYONE WITH RESPECT AND COURTESY
- THEY OFFER A CHOICE OF ACTIVITIES AND SOCIAL OUTINGS TO STIMULATE THE INTERESTS OF THEIR CLIENTS AND HELP THEM TO INTERACT WITH AND MEET NEW PEOPLE.
- THEIR AIM IS TO ALWAY IMPROVE THE SERVICE TO THEIR CLIENTS, AND TO PROVIDE SERVICES THAT SUIT EVERYONE FROM ALL DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS. iT DOESN'T MATTER ABOUT PERSON'S CULTURE, RELIGION AND SEXUALITY.
PLACES OF REFERENCE
- Department of Health & Ageing
- Aged & Disability Advocacy Centre Inc.
- Palliative Care Association
- Department of Veteran's Affairs
- HACC Program
- Women's Health Information and Services
- The Aged-Care Rights Service (TARS)
HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE (HACC) A SERVICE FOR CARERS, HELPING PEOPLE CARE FOR A FRAIL OLDER PERSON, OR A YOUNGER PERSON WITH A DISABILITY.