Help to stay at home
Living as independently as possible in our own home is what we all want. Depending on how your stroke has affected you, there can be some challenges, but help is available.
Things you might need help with include:
- Personal care: things like showering and dressing
- Health care: things like wound care and medication management
- Housework: things like meals and cleaning
- Home maintenance: things like changing light bulbs and mowing lawns
- Respite care: providing a break for carers.
If you are still in hospital, your treating team will work with you to refer you to the services you’ll need when you go home. Make sure you discuss all the needs you might have with them. You will need to know what services have been arranged, and who to contact if something goes wrong.
If you are living at home and would like some advice about your options, there is plenty of information available. If you are over 65, www.myagedcare.gov.au is an excellent source of information. It details the types of services available and who provides them in your local area. You can also call them on 1800 200 422 between 8am and 8pm on weekdays or between 10am and 2pm on Saturdays (closed Sundays and public holidays).
If you are under 65, visit the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) www.ndis.gov.au or call them on 1800 800 110. They can advise you if the NDIS is up and running in your area and if not, who else you can contact for help.
For more about how the NDIS works, see our Update on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, or read an Interview with Desney King on her experience of the NDIS.
More and more, services are provided in ways that make the most of people’s ability to do things for themselves. This idea of doing things with you, not just for you, can really help in maintaining your ability to live at home.
The service system can be hard to navigate sometimes, so if you are having trouble, call StrokeLine for advice on 1800 787 653.
This can be:
- Personal care – showering and dressing
- Health care – looking after injuries and taking medicine
- Housework – meals and cleaning
- Home maintenance – changing light bulbs and mowing lawns
- Respite care – providing a break for carers
If you are in hospital, your treating team will find people to help you when you go home.
Talk to the treating team about what you need.
If you are living at home, here are some places that can help:
My Aged Care
If you are over 65, visit My Aged Care: www.myagedcare.gov.au
Call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.
If you are under 65, visit the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS): www.ndis.gov.au.
Call NDIS on 1800 800 110.
It can be hard to find out about getting help at home.
For more help, call StrokeLine 1800 787 653.