Using your Home Care Package to find dementia support
What is a Home Care Package?
Home Care Packages (HCP) are one of the ways that older Australians can access affordable care services to get some help at home. They are designed for those with more complex care needs. Once you have cleared the eligibility requirements for a home care package and have been assigned one, you can use it to find support services via Mable.
Everyone who receives a government-funded home care package has the option to ‘self-manage’ it. Self-managing your home care package means you make most of your own choices about how your money is used to best meet your needs. That includes choosing the people who support you, what they do and when.
Find out how self-managing a home care package works through Mable and how it can help you get more out of your funding paying lower administration fees.
What services can you use with your home care package?
Through Mable, you can book Independent Support Workers to help you with a range of services, including cleaning, meal preparation, personal assistance, companionship, social outings, maintaining the home, pet care, laundry, gardening or higher-level care like respite care, clinical care, medication prompting and even round the clock care.
Finding dementia support using your home care package
As defined by Dementia Australia, dementia is an extremely broad set of symptoms, affecting nearly 1 in 10 people over the age of 65. Dementia is often used as a general term when talking about the cognitive decline associated with ageing – and it has many causes.
Typically, persons with dementia experience memory loss (the severity depends on how far the condition has progressed), confusion, disorientation, difficulty concentrating or executing daily tasks that they earlier found easy or enjoyable. As such, they may need any or all of the following types of support:
- Assistance with day to day tasks such as cleaning, washing, personal care, cooking
- Driving to appointments or work (if they choose to continue with employment)
- Staying physically and mentally active through exercises, participating in activities or outings they typically enjoy
- Help with administering medications
- Respite care for family members or loved ones who are also supporting them
With your home care package, you can find dementia support through Mable for any or all these services to help your loved one live as independently as possible in their home.
You can search for and book Independent Support Workers in your local area through mable.com.au.