Aged Care Options & Questions? Ask Nicky.
Are you considering aged care options for yourself or a loved one to stay at home? Are you confused or not sure where to start?
Researching the options for aged care can seem like a maze and often leave you with more questions than answers. Let Dr. Nicky Howe, Southcare CEO, guide you through and help you understand the options that are available to support you or your loved ones to live independently in your own home and community.
“I wish I’d known what was available to me before I needed it. I wish I’d known what to ask the hospital social worker.”
Sam, Southcare client
As a community based not-for-profit aged care provider, we are here to help and have developed a range of resources designed to help you through this journey
- Watch candid videos between Dr. Nicky Howe and her mum Janet discussing aged care options
- Listen to recorded “Aged Care: Ask Nicky” segments with Jenny Seaton on Curtin Radio
- Attend a 1 hour seminar where expert staff from Southcare will guide you through the ‘aged care jargon’ and answer all your questions
Aged Care Videos
How To Get Aged Care Services at Home
How to Choose an Aged Care Service Provider
What to look for or ask when looking at selecting an aged care provider.
Aged Care Costs… Explained
Explaining the money maze that surrounds aged-care from funds available to fees and charges.
What is a Home Care Package?
Hours of Service in A Home Care Package
Discussing hours of service you might receive from a Aged Home Care Package.
Where to get more information on aged care?
How you can access information about aged care, especially if you don’t use a computer often (it’s easy just call Southcare, 9450 6233).
Six Tips for Brain Fitness
Dr Brockis is a medical practitioner, health brain advocate, future mind planner and the author of Future Brain and an expert in Brain Fitness. In this video she talks with Dr. Nicky Howe, Southcare CEO, about six things we can all do to improve our brain fitness.
Aged Care Worker Accountability & Safety
Comparing providers and the questions to ask around Service Provider accountability and safety.
“Aged Care: Ask Nicky” with Jenny Seaton on Curtin Radio
Dr. Nicky Howe, Southcare CEO will be joining Jenny Seaton for the Afternoon Show on Curtin Radio each month to talk all things aged care.
Do you have questions to “Ask Nicky”? Email your question using the above form or call in live.
Listen to previous segments on aged care below.
Free Aged Care Information Sessions
|Seminar||Date||Information and Registrations|
|Advanced Care Planning||Saturday 16th February 2019||http://info.southcare.org.au/goodtogo|
|Pension Loan Scheme||Tuesday 12th March 2019||http://info.southcare.org.au/PensionLoanScheme|
|Elder Rights||Tuesday 9th April 2019||TBC|
|Stay On Your Feet||Tuesday 14th May 2019||TBC|
Q & A
Government funded services for people that require a low level of in home support i.e. assistance with domestic chores, gardening maintenance, shopping etc It’s for people with low level support needs.
A Home Care Package (HCP) is a government funded support service the helps you live independently in your own home with a package of care, services and case management to meet your individual support needs. You have flexibility and choice about who delivers your care. The services are for a more complex level of care needs; tailored to your individual requirements and includes case management.
Some signs you might need help at home;
- It is becoming harder to get to the store, the doctor, or other appointments.
- You are having difficulty keeping up with the daily chores around your home such as house cleaning, changing the bed sheets.
- You don’t have as much energy or motivation.
- It’s getting more difficult to maintain the garden.
Getting help is a preventative measure that can keep you independent and active in your home longer.
Depends on the level of care required- level 2 around $1200 per month; level 3 around $2600 per month; level 4 around $4100 per month.
If you’re not on an aged pension you will be income tested. Your financial situation won’t stop you from accessing some funds for services however you will be asked to contribute to the services you receive.
We can still provide home care services if your care is not subsidised by the Government. The only difference is you skip the assessment process, which means you can access services much faster.
You will go through a robust assessment process when accessing services therefore if you have been deemed as requiring services then you should accept the assistance because it means you will be able to remain living independently and connected to your community for longer.