November 26, 2019

When I first started out as a social worker in the 1980’s, home care services were primarily meals on wheels, gardening and home help. Typically, these would be provided by the local council, and you could count on one hand the number of organisations delivering home c...

August 5, 2019

There have been recent reports of scammers targeting older people receiving Home Care Packages.  The telephone scam involves offering a better Home Care Package, and then luring the client into paying money or purchasing home care vouchers.

Scams come in all shapes and...

July 1, 2019

With the preferred choice of older people to remain living at home, more and more providers are entering the home care market.  The number of providers approved to deliver government-subsidised home care packages reached 917 nationally in March – a massive increase of...

January 26, 2019

Planning for the future includes making provision for the possibility of reduced decision-making capacity, be it the result of cognitive decline, the onset of dementia, or incapacitation due to illness or accident. 

Forward planning, and putting in place appropriate le...

January 9, 2019

Increasingly the preferred choice of older people is to remain living at home as they age, leading to a boom in the home care business.  More and more providers are entering the market, which now includes large for-profit businesses, traditional non-government provider...

December 13, 2018

As families come together at Christmas it is often the first time that family members have the opportunity to observe warning signs that an older family member is becoming frail and may need some extra help.

It may be that they have lost weight or you notice the fridge...

November 12, 2018

How often do you hear friends say ‘I am worried about mum and dad but they won’t accept any help’?

One of the most difficult discussions to have with our parents is when we are worried they may not be coping at home and may need some help.    Ideally, you have had a dis...

November 5, 2018

No-one wants to lose their independence, and it can be difficult to consider the possibility that as we age we may need help.

It often rests on family members to recognize the signs that an older family member might need support at home.  It can be hard to decide when t...

September 13, 2018

A friend's 96 year-old mother recently contacted a plumber to fix a leaking pipe.  Unprompted, the plumber suggested her hot water system be replaced – particularly as it would be Christmas in two weeks and she wouldn’t want to be without hot water would she?  Concerne...

August 27, 2018

There is a rapidly growing home care industry, including not for profit and private providers offering government subsidised and fee-for-service services. 

Whether you are looking for a provider for your government subsidised Home Care Package, or seeking to privately p...