Support to remain in the home
Published at: 27 Dec 2019
LORRAINE HAUSFELD’S HOME CARE PACKAGE HAS ALLOWED THE SHEPPARTON WOMAN TO STAY LIVING AT HOME, RATHER THAN GO INTO AGED CARE.
Lorraine Hausfeld, who suffers from hereditary spastic paraplegia – a genetic condition which mimics multiple sclerosis – receives extra support in her home through her Home Care Package (HCP).
Provided through Community Interlink, Ms Hausfeld’s case manager Hayley Clarke explained how the Home Care Packages worked.
“The Home Care Packages ensure people over 65 years of age can remain in their home,” she said.
“The services that a person can purchase with their Home Care Package include domestic care, personal care, gardening and maintenance, meals and respite care.”
Ms Hausfeld said she predominantly accessed her HCP for assistance around the house including cleaning and getting her lawns mowed.
But her HCP had also resulted in home modifications for Ms Hausfeld which assisted her mobility around the home.
“I find (the package) to be great; I’d be lost without it,” she said.
After being diagnosed with HSP 12 years ago, Ms Hausfeld said she had been in a wheelchair for the past two years but stressed she did not want to live in an aged care facility.
Ms Clarke said this was not uncommon.
“As people get older, they can get scared they’ll end up in aged care facilities,” she said.
While Ms Hausfeld is also supported by her partner Noel Hausfeld, Ms Clarke said as he aged, her HCP ensured he could also enjoy his own quality of life.
Ms Clarke said a client’s needs could also be reassessed at any time and their package could develop as their health deteriorated.
She explained the process involved in accessing the HCPs.
“Once you’re over 65 you can ring My Aged Care and get an assessment,” she said.
“They’ll categorise you into levels one to four, with four being the highest.”
Ms Clarke said once the assessment had been completed, the client could phone Community Interlink to access a HCP.
Ms Clarke said she had been working with Ms Hausfeld since March this year after she moved into her role as case manager/planner at Community Interlink.
While she liaised with Ms Hausfeld regularly, Ms Clarke said she also had service support co-ordinators who assisted with the HCPs and service providers who delivered the support needed.
“We always need new and reliable service providers,” she said.
Ms Hausfeld said the HCPs were also fantastic for providing employment to local services and said they did a fantastic job.
“We always make sure the service providers do the service that the client wants,” Ms Clarke said.
“Some of our clients are at their most vulnerable.”
Community Interlink’s intake team can provide Home Care Package application support via 1300 203 203.