Welcome to the Grampians Community Health Aged Care webpage.
We have a long standing, 30 years relationship working with the Grampians and Wimmera communities and are a trusted partner in providing safe and inclusive services for the aged.
Our Aged care services are delivered across the central Grampians region including Northern Grampians Shire, Ararat Rural City and Pyrenees Shire. Our partner agency, Wimmera Health Care Group delivers services into the Wimmera.
My Aged Care Funding Packages
The Federal Government subsidises aged care funded packages which are available through the Government’s My Aged Care program following an assessment of needs.
How does My Aged Care Work?
- Visit the Government’s My Aged Care website http://www.myagedcare.gov.au/ and click on what help can I get? for a list of services and how to get them.
- Speak to a My Aged Care Contact Person by telephone on the National Hotline: 1800 200 422. They will arrange for you to be assessed by a Regional Assessment Service provider to work out what types of care and services you require.
- If eligible, you will be given a level and allocated a package that includes funding, services and case management (optional) for as long as is required:
|Need Level||Approximate hours of support per week|
|Level 1 basic need||2hrs|
|Level 4 – high need||11-12hrs|
4. You will need to choose a service provider – e.g. Grampians Community Health.
5. Once registered you can view your Client details from “MyGov” web site www.my.gov.au/mygov.
6. View a video about how to navigate the My Aged Care Website. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=066KAyMbEac.
Aged Care Services at Grampians Community Health
Grampians Community Health provides the following high quality and individualised aged care services to the community (click on each for more information):
To understand more about these services and what might be appropriate for your situation please contact Grampians Community Health on (03) 5358 7400 and ask to speak to someone about the services we provide for aged care.
Home Care Packages enable people over 65, or with dementia, or prematurely aged to remain living in the community for as long as possible and are funded by the Commonwealth.
Grampians Community Health provides services for levels 2-4 as assessed by My Aged Care.
Home Care Rates: My Aged Care calculator
What’s included in Home Care packages
Some services not directly related to care needs are outside the scope of the Home Care Packages Program and must not be included in a package (at any of the four levels of home care):
- use of the package funds as a source of general income for the consumer
- purchase of food, except as part of enteral feeding requirements
- payment for permanent accommodation, including assistance with home purchase, mortgage payments or rent
- payment of home care fees
- payment of fees or charges for other types of care funded or jointly funded by the Australian Government
- home modifications or capital items that are not related to the consumer’s care needs
- travel and accommodation for holidays
- cost of entertainment activities, such as club memberships and tickets to sporting events
- payment for services and items covered by the Medicare Benefits Schedule or the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
- gambling activities
- illegal activities.
The Care@Home program provides a wide range of high quality and individualised personal care services for very competitive rates.
For Care@Home services you don’t need a funding package. Services include:
- Care planning
- Care co-ordination
- Assistance with personal hygiene such as showering, toileting
- Support to rise in the morning and settle at night
- Meal preparation
- Supervision and companionship for people with dementia
- Monitoring of medications
- Assistance for people with challenging behaviours
- Work alongside Allied health care providers
- Respite in home, out of home, overnight.
Future services will include home maintenance, home nursing and travel care.
Grampians Community Health
Schedule of Fees 2015 / 2016
|Service Type||Hourly Rate 6am TO 6pmExcluding GST||Hourly Rate6am to 6pmIncluding GST||Hourly Rate6pm TO 6am, and All hours Weekends and Public HolidaysExcluding GST||Hourly Rate 6pm TO 6am, and All hours Weekends and Public HolidaysIncluding GST|
|Requested travel km’s||$1.10||$1.21||Service Providers will be charged per kilometre for travel between clients|
Overnight Respite Charges
|Overnight Respite from 6pm to 6am WeekdaysNON ACTIVE||$165.00per night||$181.50per night|
|Overnight Respite from 6pm to 6am WeekdaysACTIVE||$55.00per hour||$60.50per hour|
|Overnight Respite from 6am to 6pm Weekends & Public HolidaysACTIVE||$70.00 per hour||$77.00 per hour|
As a carer, sometimes you will need a break for a few hours or a few days. Sometimes the people you care for can really benefit from extra community access and social activities.
Grampians Community Health works with the carer to provide them with much needed respite and safe, engaging activities for the care recipient. There are respite programs available 7 days a week. These flexible programs include:
- Case management
- Carer education
- Carer support groups
- Employed Carers Respite (NRCP funded)
- Dementia Packages (NRCP funded)
- Respite groups and activities – covering 7 days a week, in or out of home
- Emergency support – for unexpected needs.
Some of these services are currently funded by the Federal Government so are free of charge. Others require a small negotiable fee.
Counselling can help with personal issues, grief and loss, mental health, behaviour problems, trauma, relationships, abuse and much more. Undergoing counselling is a chance for you to talk through issues or experiences and for the counsellor to listen in helpful and non-judgmental ways.
At the end of counselling you will feel better able to manage your personal circumstances and influence the events in your own life.
Common reasons people participate in counselling include:
- Illness, grief and loss
- Living with chronic pain or an illness
- Life transition and adjustment issues
- Addictive behaviours
- Sexuality and sexual identity
- Anxiety, stress or depression
- Separation or divorce issues
- Violence and abuse in the relationship
- Workplace problems, retrenchment or retirement.
Senior Adult Counselling Rates: This program is funded by the Federal Government and is free of charge.
Social Support Groups
Our Social Support Group program funded by the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and Victorian Government (Vic HACC) is a Community Access support service to engage people in group activities which draw on:
- Personal strengths
- Encourage independence
- Social interaction
- Involve you in your community
- Build capacityThe positive, supported environment provides social opportunities for participants and their carers to prolong independent community living. The progress and care of all participants within our social group setting is planned and monitored by group facilitators and support coordination staff. The social activities are developed around the interests and skills of the participating group members. Fees may apply- please enquire on referral.
Our Group Programs include:
Stawell & Ararat Active Group
Participants over the age of 65 years who are frail aged, or have dementia. This group is designed to provide an opportunity for participants to become involved in social activities that may otherwise be difficult for them to access due to their memory loss or frailty.
Carer Support Group – Stawell & Ararat
This group provides support for carers in a group setting that meet monthly in both Ararat and Stawell. The programs offer emotional support, fun, practical advice and the sharing of ideas in a caring and confidential atmosphere.
Happy Chaps – Stawell
Providing social and recreational access for men who are frail aged or have dementia over 65 years. Participants contribute their ideas and suggestions for the program activities that include games, quizzes, music, outings that vary between, out-to-lunch venues, drives and participation in community events. All of which are designed to improve quality of life, keep participants connected with their community, and reduce social isolation.
Country Club – Stawell & Ararat
This program is aimed at providing recreational and social experiences for people between the ages of 25 to 60’s who have a disability. The group activities are aligned to member’s interest to promote positive socialisation and community connections.
Aspire Group – Ararat & District
The daily struggle with ageing, physical restrictions or mental Health can isolate people in the community. This group can provide a re- connection with others and access to community events either in group setting or 1 on 1 support.