Help to Stay at Home for Longer
Warrnambool resident Gloria Smith, 85, hadn’t heard of a Home Care Package (HCP) before she secured one.
Like so many older Australians, Gloria feared declining health meant an inevitable move into aged care. Luckily, the local council referred Gloria and her partner of 29 years, Wallace McDonald, to non-profit organisation VMCH, which has supported them both with a HCP for more than a year. VMCH Case Manager Belinda Smith organises support for the couple with gardening, cleaning, home maintenance, personal alarms, meals on wheels and mobility aids to help them remain living independently at home.
“I didn’t realise there was so much help available, we were amazed,” Gloria said. “It’s been marvellous. Belinda is wonderful, I love her. Without all this help I think we’d be putting our name on a list for a supported type unit or nursing home or something.”
Gloria and Wallace are among almost 92,000 Australians receiving HCPs, according to the Government’s Home Care Packages Data Report (1st Quarter 2018-19). Download article.