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In-Home Care

What is in-home care?

In-home care includes professional services that allow a person to live safely in their own home.

 

Fernlea In-Home Care services include:

  • Personal care and daily living – showering, dressing, feeding, medication reminders and dispensing medications

      (from a Webster Pack)

  • Nursing care – wound management, medication management,

      care plans

  • Companionship and excursions

  • Respite in the home

 

Who uses in-home care and why?

In-home care can be used for a range of reasons – if you or someone

you care for is aged, frail, sick, injured, has a palliative illness or a disability. It can be used short term, for example if you are recovering from a short-term illness or injury, or need post-operative care at

home. More commonly, it is used longer term to support someone

to live independently at home, as they age or become unwell. More

and more, people want to stay living independently in their own

home rather than going into residential care. Fernlea In-Home Care can make this possible.  

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Starting your care

For over 65s:

If you are over 65, you can pay for in-home care privately, or by applying for government funding.

 

If eligible, the type of government funding you apply for will depend on things like your

age and whether you need short-term or ongoing services.  

 

  • The Home Care Package (HCP) program pays for in-home services to meet longer-term

      or more complex needs. The Home Care Packages website will give you more information,        including how much funding you could receive.

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Assessing your needs


 

Before you can receive government funding, you must

be assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS), which is done at no cost to you. An assessment will take into account things like your needs, your circumstances and what services could help you. You can speak with the assessor yourself or nominate someone to support you or do it on your behalf eg a carer or family member. Fernlea can also support you through this process.

To arrange an assessment you can:

  • Ask your GP for a referral; or

  • Phone My Aged Care on 1800 200 422

  • Apply online

 

Once assessed, there are four different levels of Home Care Packages you could receive:

  • Level 1 – basic care

  • Level 2 – low care

  • Level 3 – intermediate care

  • Level 4 – high care

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Managing your aged care package


 

A Home Care Package and therefore the funding associated with it, belongs to the recipient. The recipient can choose for their Home Care Package to be managed by:

  • The recipient themselves, or someone they nominate eg a carer

  • A package manager, who may charge you an admin fee to do so. Some package managers also provide direct care services as well as managing the administration of the package

 

If your package is managed by another organisation, you can still use Fernlea

In-Home Care to provide your care services if that is your preference - you just need to let your package manager know and they will organise the services direct with us.

 

Package managers cannot force you to use their care services if you don’t want to. You are free to decide who you want to provide services for you no matter

who manages your package.

 

 

For under 65s:

If you are under 65 or have a disability, you can pay for your care privately or you can apply

for government funding through a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Package.

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Assessing your needs


 

Disability funding differs from aged care funding

in that it does not have specific levels of funding

and is not a set amount of money. Instead, you will meet with a planner to decide which services best meet your need and help you to achieve your goals.

These services will then be costed and an amount

of funding allocated. The amount of funding for

each recipient is different as it is tailored to their specific needs.

You can find out of you are eligible for an NDIS package with this checklist.

 

To arrange an assessment you can:

  • Call the NDIS on 1800 800 110

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Managing your NDIS package

NDIS packages can be managed by:

  • The recipient themselves, or someone they nominate eg a carer

  • A package manager, who may charge you an admin fee to do so. Some package managers also

     provide direct care services as well as managing the administration of the package

  • The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

 

If you manage your own package, you can organise and pay for Fernlea In-Home Care services direct with us.

If your package is managed by another organisation (but not the NDIA), you can still use Fernlea In-Home Care to provide your care services if that is your preference - you just need to let your package manager know and they will organise the services direct with us. Package managers cannot force you to use their services if you don’t want to.

You are free to decide who you want to provide services for you no matter who manages you package.

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Why Fernlea?

 

 

Fernlea’s care is personalised, professional and provided by local people.

 

We have no lock-in contracts, cancellation penalties or exit fees, and we work hard to keep our fees competitive.

This offers flexibility when your needs change, for example you may need to cancel or postpone a service

if you go into hospital or temporary care.

 

Contact us to discuss how our in-home care service can help you.

Call : 03 5968 6639

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