Getting help at home
Family, friends and neighbours can offer great support for older people, but when they are not available or extra assistance is needed, there are other sources of help.
Types of help available
These types of assistance may be available:
- cleaning the house and washing clothes
- nursing and health care
- personal care – eg help with showering
- delivered meals
- maintaining and repairing the home or garden
- getting around the house – eg ramps, rails and equipment
- day care.
Who can help
My Aged Care is an Australian government website that provides people with up-to-date information about Australia's aged care system and services. You will need to register with My Aged Care and be assessed, to determine eligibility for home support - phone 1800 200 422.
An Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assessment is not required for aged care services that are not subsidised by the Australian Government. For example, services offered by volunteer groups, charitable organisations and private services.
The Catalyst Foundation provides more information about home support and care options.
Department of Veterans' Affairs provides a variety of in-home and community support programmes focused on assisting you to continue living independently by supporting your health, well being and community connection.
Domiciliary Care employs Aboriginal service advisors who can come to you and assist in making a referral to Domiciliary Care. Phone 1300 295 673 and ask to speak to an Aboriginal Service Advisor.
Aboriginal Elders and Community Care Services provide in home and community support services - phone 8346 9155.
A specialised team of Aboriginal staff provide case management specifically for Aboriginal people with a disability, and their carers. If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander with a disability and need personal care support, contact your nearest Disability SA office or phone 1300 786 117.
People from non-English speaking backgrounds
See the page about multicultural services.