How Carers ACT Can Help You
1. Explaining ‘My Aged Care’ System
We can guide you through the system and advise you on how to get the most out of it – for both yourself and the person you care for. Remember, that if you’re 65+ (50+ if you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander) you could be eligible for My Aged Care support as well.
2. Taking a Break from Caring
We can organise for you to have a short break from your caring role. You can take a break in many different ways depending on what helps you to relax and de-stress.
Here are some suggestions (you can find more detailed information on our page Assisting Carers to Take a Break):
- Help with routine jobs – Let someone else look after your regular tasks like transport to and from medical appointments, gardening, cooking, cleaning, personal care and welfare checks.
- Special goods and equipment – We can help you purchase mobility, communication or technology aids that will help your family member remain more independent at home and reduce their reliance on you. We can also arrange for an occupational therapist to do a free one-off home safety assessment. (Phone us on 02 6296 9922).
- Group activities – Attend one of our social,wellbeing or educational activities for carers.
- Deakin Cottage respite – We can book in your family member for short day or overnight stays in our welcoming ‘home-away-from-home’ Deakin Cottage for those with dementia or ageing.
- Emergency respite – We can also arrange emergency respite if something unexpected happens.
3. Coordinating a Home Care Package
Did you know that we can coordinate a home care package for your family member and be your one point of contact, saving you much time and stress? A home care package provides you with one of four levels of government funding to meet different care needs (eg Level 1 for basic care needs gives you approx $8,000 a year to Level 4 for high-level care needs gives you approx $49,500 a year).
What does a package cover? – A home care package allows the person you care for to stay at home longer and takes some of the caring load off you.It includes services such as personal care, assistance with meal preparation, continence management, mobility aids, nursing and therapy services and transport. It can’t be used to cover day-to-day bills, food, mortgage payments or rent. Read more
What we can do – Carers ACT can care coordinate a home care package for you, book the service providers of your choice, link you to our care planners and provide you with monthly statements so you know how much of your plan you’ve spent to date.
No lock in or exit fees – As an independent provider we give you the flexibility to choose and change your own service providers. This gives you peace of mind knowing that you won’t be locked in with someone you don’t want or have to pay exit fees when changing providers. In fact, you can use 85% of your package directly for your chosen goods and services. For more info call 6296 9914 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: As we are just building up this new service, our ability to take on your package will depend on our available resources.
4. Building Your Knowledge & Skills
Expand your aged care knowledge and skills with our wide range of workshops such as palliative care, wills and power of attorney, dementia care, budgeting, back care, first aid, nutrition for seniors, understanding loss and grief and advanced care planning.
These workshops are available to all carers who are registered with Carers ACT.
5. Improving Your Social and Peer Connections
Many carers experience loneliness and social isolation because of their caring role. We can help you to stay connected to others through:
Join in our many varied social activities and meet new friends.