If a person you care for has a physical or intellectual disability and is in need of assistance with everyday tasks, a number of options for personal care services may be available to get them the support they need.
Step 1: Know what services are available
In-home care services typically include help with daily needs such as personal care, bathing bathroom use, dressing, and undressing.
Additionally, help can be provided for household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry. Care providers may also offer nutritional services, food delivery, and transport services for appointments, shopping trips, and errands.
Finally, home nursing care typically includes clinical and therapeutical services such as wound dressing, pain management, and physiotherapy.
Step 2: Understand the cost of home care
Depending on the care recipients income, they may not have to pay anything for government-funded care. However, if a recipients income is high enough, they will be expected to contribute toward a home care package.
Alternatively, there are private organisations that provide care services. In some cases, these services can still be subsidised or may otherwise be funded by a charity. However, more often than not, care recipients will be required to pay the full fees and hourly rates for such private care services.
Step 3: Find a home care service provider
In Australia, the government subsidises disability support services through the National Disability Insurance Scheme or NDIS, the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, and Home Care Packages.
Government-funded and subsidised services can be provided through government agencies or non-government service providers.
While the Home Support Programme and Home Care Packages cater primarily to aged care, the NDIS is specifically designed to support people with a disability who are under the age of 65.
If the one you care for is eligible for such support, an NDIS agent can help you create a participant plan that may include personal and domestic assistance and possible home modifications.
Step 4: Create a care plan
Your service provider will help you create a care plan but this is also a step you can complete for yourself in advance of contacting a carer. Doing so will help give you a clear picture of the care you are looking for and allow you to consider your priorities. When drafting a disability care plan, it is best to include as many details as possible in order to help the disability support service understand all of the requirements needed, more information can be found here. Be specific about the type of disability the recipient may be suffering from, any triggers, routines they must follow and even personality quirks in order to help you find a suitable match and create a suitable plan.
Step 5: Choose a personal carer
When choosing the person who will come into the home of your loved one to provide personal care and domestic assistance, you want to find someone who can establish a personal connection. Firstly, I would recommend finding a carer through a provider as you will know that they are certified and it will save you a lot of time when it comes to background checks and interviews. When looking at specific home carers be sure to find one who displays patience, empathy, good listening skills. Finding a private home carer who has desire to take their home care services the extra mile to make yourself feel comfortable and loved one happy is also an excellent bonus. A care giver with common ground or a few shared interests may also be better able to bond with their care recipient.
Step 6: Perform a background check
If you believe you have found the right care worker, regardless of how trustworthy they may seem in person, do not forget to conduct a background check before committing to hiring them.
This could be as simple as conducting a Google search or checking the carer's social media profiles in order to get an idea of their lifestyle and personality outside of work.