STAYING in the family home for as long as possible, which is often the choice of older Australians, will be made a little bit easier from today with the assistance of the Federal Government.
A new advertising campaign which started today is aimed at ensuring older Australians know how they can readily get assistance to stay at home for longer even when a health crisis strikes, or an accident happens or they need help around the house.
The campaign is focused on making more people aware of the Federal Government's www.myagedcare.gov.au website and its 1800 200 422 helpline, and the role of GPs in disseminating this information to their older patients.
Federal Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt said there are a variety of aged care services and support options available to help older people remain independent and enjoying life in their communities.
"Older Australians, their families and carers are being encouraged to find out about their aged care options," Mr Wyatt said.
"Making inquiries about aged care, before it is needed urgently, makes a lot of sense.
"It is very stressful when people are faced with a health crisis or an accident happens and they may suddenly find that they need help.
"They're trying to find out what their aged care options are, in a hurry, but they don't know where to start.
"The best place to start is the My Aged Care website and phone line, a one stop shop which provides information about services available in the local area, how to access them, costs and other information."
The campaign provides examples of support that people, depending on their care needs, may be eligible to receive including a range of services provided in the person's own home.
"These include home maintenance and modifications, help with household jobs like cleaning, assistance with transport, and nursing and personal care," Mr Wyatt said.
"The campaign also explains that calling the My Aged Care phone line is the first step in taking up any aged care service."
The advertising campaign will run across the media and into 4,820 GP surgeries across Australia.
For more details, go to www.myagedcare.gov.au or call the information line on 1800 200 422.