Our Home Care program offers choices to older people and those with a disability who need help to stay at home, in how they live their lives. Our services are customised to each individual to help them enjoy life in familiar surroundings, while also planning for future needs for care.
We work with each person in the program to prepare their individual Home Care Package, which is a coordinated group of services tailored to their needs and goals to help them live an active and independent life at home.
Home Care services are different for each individual and change as their needs change. They can include attending to housework and gardening, preparing tasty and nourishing meals and carrying out basic home maintenance.
We can assist with transport for trips to the shops, visits to the doctor, social occasions with friends and family and other purposes.
We can also help with computer technology for paying bills on the internet, arranging to have groceries delivered or talking via video to friends and relatives interstate.
We provide personal care when that’s required, such as help with showering or dressing, and can arrange home nursing.
Our care staff are highly trained and carefully selected and each is able to carry out many different tasks. This means that the care is more individualised, because our staff really get to know each person and their interests.
Individuals can choose to manage and coordinate their own Home Care services, or we can manage the services on their behalf. Either way each person chooses the services they need.
We can arrange respite care, which means we organise a person’s full-time care so that their carer can attend to other activities or have a break. Respite care may be for a few hours, overnight or for longer and can happen at home, at a day centre or at a residential care facility.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence offers home care in the northern, western and southern suburbs of Melbourne.
Home Care Packages are administered by our Community Care division, which has an office in Preston in Melbourne’s north and a southern office in Frankston.
Older people or people with age-related chronic poor health or a disability may be eligible for a Home Care Package.
To be eligible for a Home Care Package, you will require an assessment from your local Aged-Care Assessment Service (ACAS). More information is available on the Australian Government website called My Aged Care: www.myagedcare.gov.au
In addition, don’t hesitate to contact us at the Brotherhood for advice on aged care options and pathways.
Brotherhood of St Laurence Community Care, Northern515 High StreetPreston, Victoria 3072Phone: 1300 147 147Email: bacci(at)bsl.org.au
Brotherhood of St Laurence Community Care, Southern2-4 Overton RoadFrankston, Victoria 3199Phone: 1300 147 147Email: bacci(at)bsl.org.au
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Acknowledgement of country
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.