How can you access it and is it the right choice for you?
Do you know much about home care? Maybe it’s something you’ve heard of, but you’re unsure whether it’s the best choice for you – or if you qualify to receive that kind of support. In this article we explore the different kinds of Home Care Services, so that you can see if it’s right for you.
So, what is home care?
Home Care Services are available to people with disability and the elderly, who require support to build and maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life at home.
This support can be funded by My Aged Care, or the National Disability Insurance Scheme (the NDIS). Organisations such as Young Care, also offer grants for families wanting support to care for young people at home, so they don’t have to go into institutionalised care to get the support they need.
Home Care and the elderly
A home care package can help you live independently in your own home for as long as possible. By working with your home care provider, you will package up services and care that meet your individual needs and goals. If you are an older person who needs this type of support to stay living at home, you may be eligible for a home care package.
Through your package, you can receive help with a range of personal services, like feeding, dressing or communication, support with continence management (bedpans, catheters and enemas), and equipment to enhance mobility (crutches, tri-pillows and mechanical lifting devices). These are supported by a range of health services, such as physiotherapy and hearing services.
Depending on the level of support you need, some packages may offer more complex clinical care.
Home Care for young people
The NDIS has changed the disability sector forever. At the core of the scheme is its ability to give participants like you, complete choice and control over the support and services you need.
This means that for the first time, young people with high care needs, who were previously confined to aged care and institutionalised accommodation, can design their life and their support to suit them.
They can finally get support in their own homes, living where they want to live in a way that suits them, with who they want to live with. And in addition to this, program providers and advocates such as Youngcare, offer services and grants alongside the NDIS to provide further choice, independence and improve the quality of life for young people.
Home Care and the NDIS
The NDIS funds disability support within the home to help you (the participant) gain the skills to become more independent and maintain that independence over time. Different types of support can be offered as Home Care Services, and fall under a range of categories, such as:
Assistance with daily life Includes daily personal activities, help with household in-home care tasks such as cleaning, cooking healthy meals and overnight respite in the home
Assistive technology Includes using assistive products for household tasks, such as walking frames and wheelchairs
Home modifications Includes assistive equipment like rails or ramps for safety and increased independence
Improved daily living Includes skill development for daily decision making, planning and general life skills for independence
Whether you need a little help around the home, ongoing assistance in your everyday life, such as support with personal grooming, practical domestic help or home modifications – home care can be provided by independent support workers, or packaged by a service provider. It may be just what you need to help you live independently.
How can I access Home Care Services through the NDIS?
If you are eligible for funding, you’ll need to start thinking about your first NDIS support plan. To gain access to NDIS for in-home care, it’s helpful to understand that the scheme provides funding for reasonable and necessary support, to help you reach your goals and maximise your independence.
To request funding for disability home care, you’ll need to show how that support will help you reach your goals. When writing your goals, first consider the support categories (as mentioned above), then:
Describe your goal
Describe any current barriers preventing you from achieving your goal
Describe the solution(s) or in-home support you’ll need to achieve your goal or overcome the barriers you’ve identified
For example, how will home modifications or assistance with cooking healthy food benefit your life now? And how do they align with goals you have for the future around independence and good health?
The Pre-planning template in the First2Care app steps you through this process and helps you explain what you need to the NDIS in a format they understand. Plus, if you use a planning tool like our app, you can invite friends, family and carers to collaborate with you to make sure you haven’t left anything out.
Home Care support is available to more people now, than ever before
While Home Care Services are available to more people than ever, there are still many young people in institutionalised care that haven’t gained access to the funding they need.
So, it’s important to understand what options are available to you, and how you can make Home Care Services a reality for you.
The good news is, the NDIS is finally providing many more people with choice and control over how their support is delivered, whether it’s in home or out of home care.
Over to you
Do you have experience with home care through the NDIS? Or are you struggling with writing goals in your plan to ensure it’s included in your funding? We’d love to know.