Supporting independence with home care

Selected RetireAustralia villages are now offering government and privately funded home care services with the aim of helping residents stay independent for longer.

As an approved provider of home care services, RetireAustralia can offer assistance with housekeeping, assistance with showering and dressing and clinical support from a Registered Nurse.

RetireAustralia’s General Manager Care and Operations, Brigid London, said the services needed to be flexible to cater to different resident requirements.

“Everyone has different needs and preferences when it comes to the support they receive,” she said.

“There are residents who get help with cleaning once a week and others who we assist several times a day.

“It’s also important to us that residents have the flexibility to increase or decrease their services at any time to reflect changes in their individual circumstances.”

How it works

Unlike services delivered by a traditional home care provider, RetireAustralia can provide services in shorter increments. This enables residents to tailor services to suit their needs and schedule.

The staff who deliver the services are located onsite within the village or at a nearby care hub, meaning residents receive timely support with minimal delays.

It also means residents with a home care package can spend more of their package on services than on staff travel time.

Brigid said there has been strong uptake since the services launched across RetireAustralia’s four Central Coast villages in mid 2017.

“We have received excellent feedback so far,” she said.

“We’ve even seen residents transfer their home care packages to us from other providers to enjoy quality, onsite support.

“We look forward to expanding these services into more of our villages in the coming months.”

Why we’re offering home care

RetireAustralia’s decision to integrate care into more of its communities was based on a desire to help residents stay in their homes for as long as possible.

“Living in a retirement village has already been shown to delay the need to move into aged care by five years,” Brigid said.

“Having access to better, more flexible care services while living in the village will enable our residents to live independent, healthy lives for even longer.”

RetireAustralia plans to launch its home care services in Sydney and Adelaide villages in late 2018.

Visit retireaustralia.com.au/care for more information or to register your interest.

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