There are many reasons for wanting to be cared for at home, or to have a friend or family member receive the care they need at home. Care at home allows people to enjoy the comfort, privacy and convenience of home and can be tailored to the unique circumstances of each individual.

For seniors, home care can also be a cost-effective alternative to residential care. Depending on your individual circumstances, the financial benefits of in-home care over residential aged care can be significant.

Engaging a home care provider with comprehensive service offerings can help you and your family retain choices, enabling you to stay at home longer and enjoy a better quality of life. Vitalis Health & Home Care provides a one-stop shop for all your home care needs, from carers to help with everyday needs, right up to high-level ‘Hospital in the Home’ services.

Although many people think home care is only about providing senior care, this is not the case. For example, home care can assist a young disabled individual, or a patient who has been discharged from hospital but who has not fully recovered.

Home care helps relieve families of the full responsibility of caring for their loved one, giving them peace of mind knowing they are in safe hands.

When would home care help?

  • A patient has been discharged from hospital following illness or surgery but needs temporary assistance at home until they have recovered.
  • A loved one needs assistance with daily living needs such as bathing, dressing, mobilising, meal preparation and eating, toileting and continence.
  • Where a patient has been told they should move to a nursing home but they would prefer to stay at home with personalised high level care or live-in home care.
  • You notice a loved one isn’t managing like they used to. For example they may be more forgetful with medications, or having falls more frequently.

  • A person has one or more chronic conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, that can be controlled with regular monitoring and coordinated care.
  • You notice that a loved one is not seeing their friends or engaging in as many activities as they used to and you are worried they are lonely.
  • A family is caring for a disabled, elderly or sick family member and needs support, connection with other carers, and respite care.
  • A patient is being hospitalised repeatedly or for extended periods of time.
  • A person wants to do all they can to age at home rather than be placed involuntarily into a nursing home*. Comprehensive assessment with preventative care to address risk factors can delay or even prevent the need for nursing home care.

* Over 90% of older Australians want to age at home. However:

  • 1 in 4 seniors are admitted to hospital each year
  • 50% of these admissions are due to preventable causes such as falls, medication mismanagement and poorly managed chronic conditions
  • 1/3 of admissions into nursing homes are via hospitals, with 2/3 of these admissions being for permanent care.
See: Department of Health & Aging – Movement Between Hospital & Residential Care 2008-2009 (2013); AIHW – National Hospital Morbidity Database; Emergency Medicine Australasia 06/2013.