Supporting your transition into residential aged care
If it is decided that a Home Care Package (HCP) or entering residential aged care is the best option for your loved one’s overall health and wellbeing, an Aged Care Assessment will need to be completed to determine if they're eligible. These assessments are conducted by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) and review a person's current health and functional ability. Based on the outcomes of the assessment, your loved one may receive approval to enter residential care and plans can be arranged from there.
It’s never easy to talk with a loved one about a potential move into aged care. While it’s best to approach this conversation gradually and with sensitivity, it should be had sooner rather than later. This way some of the stress and anxieties can be diffused, and it may avoid having to make such a big decision in an emergency (like being in hospital after having a fall).
Involving other family members in the conversation may help to bring clarity and peace of mind for everyone, focussing on good forward planning and open communication. Speak to your loved one about what matters to them. Involve them in the decision and ensure they have a sense of ownership in the decision-making process.
A great way to encourage these discussions is to provide examples of other friends or family who have already moved into high quality aged care facilities. You can highlight the benefits and experiences of leading a meaningful life in an aged care facility.
Be honest and explain to your loved one that you want them to have the support and care they need, so that you can spend quality time with them instead of being concerned about their welfare. Our team from Mater Aged Placement Service can help to facilitate the conversations and decisions, guiding you through each and every step.
Home Care Packages
Home Care Packages (HCP) are a government funded program that assists older people to continue living in the comfort of their own home, while giving them access to a variety of services to maintain their independence. It is for people who require more help than the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) can offer. Services under the HCP can include personal care, nursing, allied health, home modifications, transport, social support and assistance with household tasks.
While Mater at Home don’t currently manage HCPs we can partner with other package providers to deliver clinical nursing and allied health services. If you would like us to be involved in your care, or the care of a loved one, please speak to us to arrange an agreement with your provider.