I am 78 years old and previously attended a local community health centre for treatment of injuries, physio and the like.
However, since the introduction of My Aged Care, I am unable to do this.
I am the sole carer for my terminally ill Australian husband (78). I am also new to Australia. Being “new” brings a whole string of problems: what to do, where to go, how to fill out the staggering stack of mandatory forms etc., etc.
I have been totally isolated for the past year with no “respite break” whatsoever and with no family or friends the strain on me is unimaginable!
I am full-time carer to my wife who is in her 6th year post-diagnosis (Alzheimer’s disease).
In the past 12 months or so we have used respite care 4 times – once for medical reasons when I had surgery, and 3 times when I took short breaks from caring.
Many hundreds of thousands of older and infirm Australians elect to receive in-home and/or community care in preference to moving to an aged care facility, in part because it gives them more freedom.
If you or your loved one/s are in this situation – or you provide care in the community – we invite you to explore and contribute your observations and ideas in this section of the Your Say on Aged Care website.
If you or a loved one has been in an aged care facility – or you have worked in one – we invite you to explore this section and have Your Say on in-home and community care in general or via any of the following sub-topics:
Care recipients’ rights and responsibilities
Meals (including fluids)
→ Hygiene, sanitation
Personal safety & security
→ Financial abuse
→ Falls, physical harm, abuse
→ End-of-life and palliative care
→ Dying at home
Accessing home-care packages