Find out about your aged care options before you need them

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said that a variety of aged care services and support options are available to help older people remain independent and enjoy life in their communities.

The My Aged Care campaign is aimed to encourage older Australians, their families and carers, to find out about their aged care options before a crisis event triggers that need.

“Making inquiries about aged care, before it is needed urgently, makes a lot of sense,” Mr Porter said.

“Older people want to live independently as long as possible but when a health crisis or accident happens they may suddenly find that they need help.

“They’re trying to find out about their aged care options, in a hurry, but they don’t know where to start and it adds to the stress of what is an already stressful time.

“This is why it is a good idea for older people to talk about their personal preferences and care options with their families or a health professional.”

Those seeking more information can visit the My Aged Care website or call to speak to a representative. My Aged Care provides information about available services, how to access them, costs and other information.

“My Aged Care is the starting point for older people to find out about the services they can access,” Mr Porter said.

“Services include home maintenance and modifications; help with household jobs like cleaning, assistance with transport, and nursing and personal care.

“The Australian Government wants all older Australians, their families and carers, to know about their aged care options.

“If you are finding it harder to do the things you used to do and feel you need a bit of support at home, find the help you need with My Aged Care.”

For more information about My Aged Care, visit: www.myagedcare.gov.au or call 1800 200 422.