Most of us want to remain living in our own home as we age. In-home aged care allows people to stay safe and comfortable in their own home, without having to move.
At Adssi, we are passionate about supporting our clients to live their best lives, at home and in their local community for longer. We can provide a range of practical in-home support services including house cleaning for the elderly and other things that make staying at home comfortable and safe.
Depending on the level of support that you require, various services are available. The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) provides low-level support up to 1.5 – 2 hours a week. For anyone needing higher levels of support a Home Care Package may be the best option.
Home Care Packages range from Level 1 – Level 4 and have the flexibility to be tailored to your individual situation.
Want to know more about the home help for pensioners? Keep reading.
Home Help for Pensioners
As you grow older, it may become increasingly difficult to perform home maintenance jobs as well as some of the basic day-to-day tasks to keep things clean, tidy and most importantly safe.
If you’re over 65 you may be eligible for subsidised in-home aged care including help with household tasks such as cleaning and laundry, gardening and maintenance. If you’re after some help to stay living safely and independently, get in touch with Adssi.
Commonwealth Government Funded Support
The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) provides subsidised entry-level and short-term support for older Australians wishing to stay living in their own home.
Subsidised home help for people over the age of 65 is available through the government’s My Aged Care. You can receive help with household tasks, cleaning, transport to appointments, personal care, meal preparation and grocery shopping, social support and more.
Under the CHSP program, the key focus is “doing with” – not “doing for”. Rather than ‘taking over’ the aim is to keep people as independent as possible. You can expect about 1.5 – 2 hours help per week under this program. If you need more help you may be eligible for a Home Care Package which provides more hours and more options.
You can receive help from the CHSP if you are 65 or over and are living independently. To find out if you’re eligible for subsidised in-home aged care services please contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422. Once you have a referral code, you can contact Adssi for help anywhere across the Central Coast.
In Home Aged Care Services
Services available under the Commonwealth Home Support Program include:
- Personal care – Everyday activities that we take for granted such as bathing/showering and getting dressed.
- Household Tasks – Cleaning the bathroom and kitchen, vacuuming, help with laundry – all the basic things to help keep your place tidy and safe for you.
- Home maintenance – General repairs in and around your house and yard. This can include lawn mowing, odd repair jobs, etc. You may also be eligible to receive home modifications as well as special aids and equipment (e.g. bath or toilet seat) to keep you as safe as possible.
- Transport – If you can no longer drive, or perhaps are unable to drive for a period of time, we can help get to and from appointments.
- Social support – Social activities in small groups can help you connect and interact with other people in a meaningful way. Activities include outings to places of interest, luncheons, variety shows, etc.
- Meal Preparation – Help with the grocery shopping and preparing nutritious meals for you.
- Allied Health – Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Podiatry services are available in your home.
Choosing the Right Service Provider
If you’re eligible for in-home aged care you will receive a letter from My Aged Care with a referral code for a service or services.
Choosing a not-for-profit provider like Adssi In-home Support means that your contributions are flowing directly towards program and services – rather than shareholders and their dividends.
Adssi In-home Support is a not for profit community aged care provider who has been supporting people on the Central Coast for over 30 years.
All our staff are trained, qualified and police checked, giving you peace of mind. They also carry photo identification so you know exactly who is coming into your home.
House Cleaning For The Elderly – FAQ
Q. What household cleaning tasks can you do for me?
A. Under the government’s direction of ‘doing with’ not ‘doing for’, this service provides assistance with cleaning the essential areas of your home, including the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and living areas, helping with the laundry, changing the sheets, emptying bins.
The service does not include cleaning areas or tasks associated with other family members or residents of your home. It does not include heavy tasks such as:
- Cleaning blinds;
- Scrubbing floors;
- Swimming pools;
- Moving furniture.
Q. How many hours of support can I receive?
A. Under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP), you can expect between 1.5 – 2 hours of support per week. This could be on one or two different services i.e. cleaning and transport.
Q. What qualifications do the support workers have?
A. All our Community Support Workers have a minimum Certificate III in Aged Care and are fully trained by us to know how to do things ‘the Adssi way’. They have first aid training and are police checked too.
Q. How do I find out if I’m eligible?
A. The first step is to call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or visit www.myagedcare.gov.au . They will take some details over the phone and may send an assessor to speak to you in your home. They will give you a referral code for the services you need – you can then call Adssi on 1300 578 478 (have your referral code handy).
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