Aged Care Services at Home
At Allied Aged Care we have seen firsthand the benefits of providing aged care services at home. We have provided mobile aged care community services in rural and regional areas for over 20 years and when our occupational therapists and physiotherapists see older clients in their own homes the results can be life changing.
We have had many clients improve their balance and either reduce the severity and/or number of falls – or stop falling altogether.
Many clients have been able to resume activities such as shopping and attending community events, have regained their ability to garden – and have been able to depend less on family and carer support.
We have also had clients able to return to their own homes after receiving physiotherapy and/or occupational therapy treatment within a nursing home.
If you would feel you could benefit from aged care services at home, or your doctor/family feel aged care community services may be of benefit to you, please contact us and a member of our friendly team will help you with your enquiry.
- Frail clients who have lost strength and condition
- Those who have had falls or who are unsteady
- Those who need equipment to enable them to stay at home and/or to help with activities or daily living (i.e. grab rails, equipment for bathroom kitchen, better seating, mattresses)
- Those who need a specific exercise program (post-fall or post-surgery for example)
- Those who are having trouble managing pain
- Older clients who require younger carers/family to assist them in and out of chairs/beds/showers etc. or with daily activities
- Those who are reluctant/find it difficult to attend clinics due to having difficulty driving or accessing transport
- Those with compromised immune systems or who are at risk of going to clinics due to their age or medical condition.
Anyone who is medically stable could potentially benefit from aged care services at home. When a client/family member/carer contacts us, we will go through a questionnaire to determine if an aged care community service is a good option for them.
In some cases, we may need to see our client in a clinic rather than conduct aged care services at home. A specific example would be for conditions such as acute sciatica where we may need to assess and treat our client with more specialised equipment that isn’t mobile.
It is, however, rare not to be able to see a client in their home, and in many cases it is preferable to conduct mobile aged care services for clients who may have trouble getting to clinics, or on and off tables/seats. The majority of the equipment we use is mobile, so we can bring it with us when we conduct aged care community services.
After we clinically triage, we will let you know if other treatment options may be better for you.
When we conduct aged care services at home, as well as bringing PPE (protective personal equipment such as gloves, gowns/masks, and hand sanitiser) we bring a kit of gear, which may include mobile treatment tables, therapeutic exercise equipment, electrotherapy equipment, stethoscope and vital signs monitoring equipment.We also will bring relevant assessment scales and tools to assist in diagnosis and treatment. We are fully mobile and bring our own IT equipment, printers etc.
In most cases we will provide you with a written exercise program/plan after your visit, which can be printed or emailed to your device.
We have always been careful to look after our older clients when conducting aged care services at home. During COVID times we have added extra screening and clinical triage systems to ensure we can safely look after older clients and our therapists. All our staff have completed mandatory training on infection control, COVID safety, and have a current up to date flu vaccination. They also have PPE to bring with them when seeing clients and do not come if they are feeling unwell and/or have a raised temperature. We also work in aged care facilities, with very vulnerable older clients, so we are well practiced in being careful with hand washing and preventing the transmission of infection.
No, allied health professionals are first contact practitioners, which means we can see an older client without the need for a GP referral. If we have any questions about clinical matters, we will ask your permission to contact your GP.
We are based in many regional areas in Queensland. We may be limited in how far we can travel to see a client from our base, but we will always do our best to assist with any enquiries and we may offer other options such as telehealth or a clinic visit.
Aged Care services at home are currently $132 for an initial visit and $88 for a follow-up visit plus travel time at $88 per hour. An initial visit takes on average 90 minutes and follow-up visits 60 minutes including time to write notes, follow-up on clinical matters, prepare exercise programs and reports.
We will give you a written quote and get informed financial consent before attending. There may be funding options to offset part or whole of this cost. We will work to budgets as much as we can and assist you to utilise available funding.
All our therapists are AHPRA registered, experienced and caring. They all have current police checks for working with older clients, flu vaccinations and are trained in specific techniques and the needs of older clients. They all have experience working in residential aged care facilities as well as in aged care community services. They have experience in working/managing dementia and challenging behaviours.
If you have any questions about aged care services at home, please let us know. We are always happy to help.