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Finding the best solution for you or an elderly family member in need of more support can be tricky. Let's have a look at the key differences between Home Care Packages and nursing homes and which might be better for for your situation.

What is a Home Care Package?

The Home Care Packages program is a Commonwealth government-subsidised program available to all Australian residents. It aims to provide long-term support for older people who want to stay living in their home. The package itself is split into four levels, each contributes a portion of funding which can be used to buy hours of elderly home care, or other support appropriate to your needs. The four categories are:

  • Level 1: For basic care needs. Provides approximately 2-3 hours of care a week.
  • Level 2: For low-level care needs. Provides approximately 5-6 hours of care a week.
  • Level 3: For intermediate care needs. Provides approximately 9-12 hours of care a week.
  • Level 4: For high-level care needs. Provides approximately 15-20 hours of care a week.
Home Care Packages allow people to stay in the comfort of their own homes.Home Care Packages mean that you can remain at and enjoy your home.

The correct level of in-home care package is determined for each individual through an Aged Care Assessment. This will be carried out by an Aged care professional in your home who will seek to understand your exact needs and how these may progress. Once you have been assigned a Home Care Package, you can keep it for as long as you need and you can be re-assessed for a higher level package if your needs increase.

What are the benefits of a Home Care Package? 

Home Care Packages are a great solution for elderly people who need some support but wish to stay in their own homes. The advantages of this option are:

  • Support can be provided in a comfortable and familiar environment.
  • There are a wide variety of Home Care services available to meet all individual needs including: meal preparation, personal care, domestic assistance, nursing therapies and much more.
  • Patients can build personal one-to-one relationships with their home caregivers.
  • Home Care Packages provide financial support which makes this option very affordable. It also tends to be a lot less expensive than nursing home fees.
  • Home care allows people to retain their independence.

What is a nursing home?

A nursing home is an organisation that provides residential accommodation and health care for those who are no longer able to support themselves at home. These organisations can be run by public groups such as a church, community or local government or they can be privately managed. Nursing homes aim to provide residents with the medical care they need alongside support with day-to-day functions to enable a continued high quality of life.

Nursing homes have medical staff available.Nursing homes have staff available 24 hours a day to help with emergencies.

Services usually included in nursing home fees are:

  • The preparation and serving of meals.
  • Personal care such as assistance with bathing, continence, dressing and eating.
  • Where necessary, support with communication and mobility.
  • 24 hour staff help in emergencies such as falls or medical complications.
  • Support for conditions such as dementia.

What are the advantages of nursing homes?

Nursing homes have several key advantages for those who think they need more support:

  • Access to specially trained staff can be essential for those with cognitive impairments such as dementia.
  • It can be a relief for family and patients knowing that should an emergency occur staff are there to deal with it at any time of the day or night.
  • Nursing homes often have communities of people around the same age. Residents can make friends and engage in a social life they may have missed out on at home.

If you or a loved one is interested in learning more about their care options get in touch with the Bannister In Home Care team today. As an expert Home Care Package provider, Bannister's team can help you understand more about what home care options available and whether they would suit your individual needs.