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- The Home and Community Care Program for Younger People and the Transition Care Programs provide in-home help with wound care and rehabilitation, as well as with help getting to appointments.
- For medical or health advice at any time of the day or night, call the after-hours GP helpline on 1800 022 222 or NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.
- Call the Intake and Response Service on 1800 783 783 for advice about home-care options for people with disabilities.
For people recovering from an illness or surgery, frail older people, people with life-limiting illnesses, and people with disabilities, there are home care services available to help with daily living tasks, meals, home maintenance and nursing care.
Home care services
There is a range of government programs, community services and private home care options for people who need help, including:
- Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC PYP)
- local council home care services
- home nursing
- doctor visits at home
- Transition Care Program
- private home care services.
Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC PYP)
The Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC PYP) supports Victorians from birth to 65 years and Aboriginal people from birth to 50 years, if their capacity for independent living is at risk. This may be due to chronic illness, mental health issues, disability or other conditions where they need one-off, intermittent or ongoing support to undertake the activities of daily living.
The range of home care options may include:
- lifestyle help – for example, shopping, paying bills and transport to appointments
- household help – such as cleaning, meal preparation, clothes washing and ironing
- personal care – such as bathing or showering, dressing, hair care and going to the toilet
- home maintenance – for example, general repairs, and house and yard upkeep
- home modification – for example, installing safety aids such as alarms, ramps and support rails
- health care including nursing and allied health – such as general health advice and clinical care.
- have a chronic illness, mental health, disability or other condition that has an impact on their day-to-day living and ability to participate in the community
- are at risk of losing their independence without support and are not accessing similar supports through other programs
- require HACC PYP health or wellbeing supports to assist with the activities of daily living.
Priority for access is assessed in the context of a person’s usual living environment and available supports, in comparison to other eligible people. can work out what sort of help and how much you need, and . How much you pay depends on your income and the type and number of home help services you want.
Commonwealth Home Support Programme
Commonwealth Home Care Packages
provide a coordinated package of services designed to meet your specific care needs. Packages may include personal services such as help with showering or dressing, support services such as help with household tasks, home modifications and transport, and healthcare such as nursing, physiotherapy, dietetics and hearing and vision services.
Home visiting doctor
If you are too ill, not mobile enough or simply have no way of getting to your local doctor’s clinic, phone your local doctor as a first step. Your usual doctor or another doctor from the same medical clinic might be able to provide a home visiting doctor. If this is not possible, your local medical centre will be able to put you in touch with a home-visiting doctor service.
Transition Care Program
The , which provides nursing and rehabilitation care for older people leaving hospital, can deliver health services in your home. The program is usually available for eight to 12 weeks, but a six-week extension can be organised if needed.
Health services include therapy, such as physiotherapy and podiatry, and wound and personal care provided by a nurse. There is a small fee for the program, which you and your service provider work out before you join. You will still be able to get care if you cannot afford it.
To join the program, you will need an assessment by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) before you leave hospital. This can be organised through your hospital.
Private home care services
As well as the government services and programs listed above, many private and not-for-profit organisations provide home care services. Although some are provided with government programs, many are provided at commercial rates or, in the case of a not-for-profit organisation, with a charitable subsidy.
Talk to your doctor, hospital, local council or local community health centre to find out what home care options are available in your area that suit your needs.
Palliative care services
Community palliative care services are provided at home for as long as possible. Palliative care services offer:
- palliative care nursing
- allied health
- respite and practical support
- access to medical review and assessment in your home.
If you have questions about a health problem, you can call the medical advice helpline . NURSE-ON-CALL provides immediate, expert health advice from a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the cost of a local or mobile phone call. Call NURSE-ON-CALL on .
If you have questions about living with or caring for someone with a life-limiting condition, contact the . The Palliative Care Advice Service is a phone-based service for anyone seeking access to specialist guidance and advice for those living with a life-limiting illness and those who support them. The service is for family, friends and neighbours as well as all healthcare workers. Specialist nurses and doctors provide information about serious illness and symptoms, being a caregiver and the palliative care service system. For healthcare workers, it offers guidance about prescribing, symptom management, locating appropriate services and decision-making.
Support for people with disabilities
The Victorian Government provides outreach services providing up to 15 hours per week so that people with a disability can live more independently in their own homes.
Anyone aged six to 64 years who has an acquired brain injury, intellectual or physical disability, or a degenerative neurological condition, may be eligible for outreach support.
To apply for the program, you will need an assessment from a health professional to work out the type of aid or equipment you need. You will then complete an application form, which needs your doctor to confirm that your disability is permanent or long term.