What home care is available for the elderly?


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What Home Care Is Available For The Elderly?

Government-funded aged care services include in-home care (care in your home), residential care in aged care (nursing) homes, and short-term care such as respite care. If you’re not eligible, you can choose to access privately funded services, but you will need to pay the full cost yourself.

The situations that need home care can be quite varied. Although dealing with chronic illness, injury, surgery, disability or end of life can be physically challenging, mentally and emotionally draining. As we age we have less reserves of energy to deal with everyday challenges. Pain and fatigue impairs our ability to function leaving us potentially feeling isolated, depressed and with high anxiety levels.

With our experience we know what the right kind of home nursing services are needed to  improve overall wellbeing and minimise hospitalisations. This might include complex nursing care, healthy meal preparation, transport to physiotherapy or other health professionals, access to support groups, or more light activity and socialising – every scenario is different.

Home care nursing services enable a loved one to be looked after from things like an operation or for daily living requirements. Although it is all done in the comfort of their own home. Services can be provided on a planned or emergency basis and we offer flexible, short or long-term home care options to suit your specific needs.

Care in your home

In-home aged care provides support to help you stay independent for as long as possible in the comfort of your own home. It can help with things like personal care, transport, food, shopping, housework, physio, social activities, and modifications to your home.

The Australian Government subsidises;

1) Entry-level support through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme

2) Support for more complex needs through Home Care Packages

Residential care in aged care homes

Residential care in aged care nursing homes is for older people who either;

a) can no longer live at home

b) need ongoing help with everyday tasks or health care


The Australian Government subsidises aged care homes to provide care that is available 24 hours a day. Residential care can be short-term (respite care) or permanent.


Retirement Villages can be an alternative if you don’t need the higher level of care offered by aged care homes. These are not subsidised by the Australian Government so you will need to pay the full cost yourself.

Short-term care

Short-term care can help you to improve your wellbeing and independence. Alternatively it could be to help back on your feet after a hospital stay. It can also give you or your carer a break.

You can receive short-term services in your home, an aged care home or in the community.

The Australian Government subsidises;

a) after-hospital or transition care support for up to 12 weeks to help you recover after a stay in hospital

b) short-term restorative care support for up to 8 weeks to help you improve your wellbeing and independence

c) respite care support for a few hours, days or longer to give you or your carer a break

Privately funded care

Some people are not eligible or don’t want Government Assistance, so they can opt to choose their own privately funded home care.

Common home care nursing needs

  • Aged care: support with medications, mobility and a variety of other needs for older people.

  • Post-operative care: home nursing care to recover after surgery and monitor the transition home.

  • Post-hospital care: home nursing care to monitor the transition home after being in hospital.

  • Post injury care: home nursing care to recover after an injury.

  • Rehabilitation support: home nursing care to help maintain independence and assist with rehabilitation after an injury or health problem.

  • Palliative care: professional home nursing support to enable your loved ones to spend their last stages of life in the comfort of their own home.

  • Dementia: home nursing support with medication and specialised needs for people with dementia.

  • Parkinson’s Disease: home nursing care to assist with medication and specialised needs for people with Parkinson’s disease.

  • Chronic Diseases: experienced nursing support for your loved ones coping on a daily basis with chronic life long disease.