The importance of domestic assistance in aged care

Receiving a bit of help at home can make a big difference for an older person. Read on to discover the benefits of having assistance around the house and why we recommend home care services.

Help for older people

Australia’s population is ageing. As at June 2020, there were an estimated 4.2 million older Australians (aged 65 and over), meaning older people comprise 16% of the total Australian population. The My Aged Care scheme provides funding for services for older people.

Domestic assistance

For many people, as they age, there comes a time when they might need some domestic assistance around the home. Domestic assistance and help with household duties can help a person to have a safe home and a comfortable living environment.
We often hear from older people who are reluctant to have help with domestic duties. Some people feel they are letting their families down by accessing a care service.
However, the team at Nursed Care know that having some help, especially early on, enables our clients to remain independent for longer.
Arranging domestic assistance can enable you to live safely and happily at home and ensure you have a clean and tidy house- just the way you like it. Regular or occasional assistance can make a big difference when it comes to maintaining a clean and tidy home.

Domestic assistance services

Domestic assistance services are all about providing you with a helping hand around the house to ensure you can keep a clean and tidy home.
Domestic assistance services provide older people and those with a disability the chance to continue to live comfortably and maintain a high level of independence.

Help around your home

Domestic assistance services will help you keep a well maintained home and can include tasks like:

  • Sweeping and mopping
  • Wiping surfaces
  • Washing dishes
  • Dusting
  • Ironing
  • Washing or folding laundry
  • Changing bed sheets

Benefits of receiving home care services

Receiving some home care services has many benefits, including:

  • Ensuring you feel comfortable in your own home
  • No need to consider selling your home or moving to a care facility just yet
  • Reduces the stress associated with cleaning
  • Helps you keep a good level of hygiene and health
  • Takes the pressure of family members, carers or friends
  • Reduces your risk of falls trying to clean and improves personal safety
  • Enables you to have friends and visitors to your home
  • Improves pride in your home which benefits self esteem
  • Enables you to live independently and feel comfortable
  • Gives you more time to spend with family and loved ones
The beauty of arranging domestic assistance is that you can have the help around the house that you require when you need it. Services can be arranged to provide regular or occasional assistance.
You may even consider only short term services, if you are recovering from an illness or your carer needs a break.

Falls prevention

Nearly one in three older people reports falling in the last 12 months. Falls pose a very real risk and can result in serious injury. As you move around your home trying to keep up a clean and tidy house, you may be increasing your falls risk. It can be quite easy to stumble over a broomstick or slip on a wet floor.

Safety and well being are two more important reasons why Nursed Care helps so many customers by assisting with their household chores.

Tricky cleaning jobs

Some household duties are more difficult than others. High dusting chores require the use of a ladder. This can be dangerous if you are unsteady or have low blood pressure.
Washing the windows also requires a ladder and is physically draining.
We recommend you book one of our support workers to undertake these tricky cleaning jobs.

Infection control

Over the last few years, we are much more aware of how easily germs can spread around the home. It makes good sense to regularly clean surfaces that are frequently used or touched, especially if you live with other people. Our support workers will ensure your home remains hygienic.
They can also help ensure your bathroom and toilet are sparkling clean and free from germs.

Friendly Home Care workers

So many of our clients enjoy getting to know our wonderful support workers. The Nursed Care team are skilled and provide domestic assistance services to a high standard. Our support workers are here to help you keep your home well maintained.
Over time, you will get to know your support worker, and they will learn more about how to complete household tasks just the way you like!

Domestic assistance is a great way to start

Starting off with some domestic assistance can be a great way to help you feel more comfortable with having some help at home. It means that if things change, and you need more help with personal care or health services, you will be familiar with our agency, our staff, and familiar with the process of arranging, booking and receiving care.
Starting off with help with domestic chores can prepare you for higher-level services, such as a home care package, later on. You will be ready to go if you require assistance with other activities such as:

  • grocery shopping
  • meal preparation
  • transport to medical appointments

Cleaning support services

From cleaning to laundry services, from shopping to mopping, we can send one of our professional, qualified staff members to lend a helping hand around your home. Speak with one of our care planners and set up regular or occasional assistance with household duties in your own home environment.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, in most cases, you will be required to provide your own cleaning products. This usually means our service workers will use your own:

  • Mop and bucket
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Cleaning spray and sponges
  • Laundry powder
It is best for you to provide your own cleaning products because you know which products suit you best. Some of our clients have allergies or sensitivities to types of cleaners and bleach. We can offer suggestions as to which products we think would work well around the home.
Depending on what you require in the house, we can visit either regularly or just occasionally. Many of our clients elect for fortnightly services to keep the place clean and tidy, and occasional spring cleaning services.

If there are some tasks you would like to manage yourself, such as washing dishes or even caring for or watering your plants- that’s totally fine! We are here to support you with the jobs that will benefit you the most. From meal preparation to mopping, help with laundry or dusting, we will help you ensure your home is well maintained and your quality of life can be improved. Your health and safety is paramount, and you will soon see what a big difference a home care service can make in your life. Your home will be well maintained and sparkling clean. Contact Nursed Care to arrange care services by one of our team members. We can commence assistance with your household chores today! Call us on 02 8488 8955 or complete this online form.

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