We are an iconic provider of hospital-based healthcare, striving to deliver an exceptional standard of care
We comprise several hospitals, health centres, a nationally accredited education provider and a world-class research institute
We are a nationally accredited, hospital-based Registered Training Organisation - the only one of its kind in Queensland
We are part of a collaborative research institute with The University of Queensland and founding partner of the Translational Research Institute
Our experienced team can assist you, or your loved ones, to age healthily in your own home or experience optimal quality of life within aged care facilities. Mater at Home can assess your home environment for hazards or risks and advise on modifications to enable the safe enjoyment of your home. Our team can also help you to get the modifications or equipment you need. As your needs change, we can work with you to make the necessary changes required so that you can maintain your independence.
Our team of experienced health professionals are passionate about assisting people to maximise their independence and enjoyment within their home and improving quality of life for residents in aged care facilities. Healthy ageing means to develop and maintain your functional ability, so that you can keep well as you grow older. Functional ability means having the ability to complete activities that you value, whatever they may be. By learning new, healthy habits you will be able to live comfortably and enjoy your life well into retirement:
We work closely with family members, carers, referrers, GPs, hospitals and other community services to provide comprehensive care. Our team include nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dietitians, speech pathologists, social workers and psychologists.
Some common reasons for referral can include recent falls (or fall-prevention activities), reconditioning following extended hospital stays, joint replacement rehabilitation, cognitive decline, carer stress, future planning and referral to community services.
Mater at Home currently supports the following programs:
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 (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.
Our aged care placement and advisory experts are here to support you and your loved ones transiton into aged care facilities, with compassion and understanding.
Looking for more information? Our team are here to answer your questions and advise on the best care options for you and your family, including when a referral may be needed. Please contact our team and we'll tailor a treatment plan for you.
Mater at Home has so many different services—we’re here to support you through your healthcare journey. Find out more about what we do.