Home Assist is for those people who either cannot manage, or have no one living with them or nearby, to do their necessary chores. An assessment is made to determine the applicant's eligibility under criteria set by the Commonwealth Government who fund the Home and Community Care program. Funding is limited, so priority is given to those most in need.
The Barossa and Gawler councils are holding an information service every Tuesday from 9:00am to 12:00pm to help support people with accessing and utilising the aged care services available to them. Attendance is free and by appointment. To make an appointment, please contact the Barossa Council on 8563 8411. Further information can be found on the Aged Care At Home flyer.
Who is Eligible for Help? (Referral NOT required)
People who are aged, frail, at risk, or are temporarily unable to maintain the health and safety requirements of their home due to moderate or severe disabilities, or lack of family support and younger people with disabilities and/or their carers.
To ensure health and safety in the home, assistance is available for minor home maintenance or modification, such as:
- cleaning gutters
- repairing minor roof leaks
- changing tap washers, light bulbs, fuses, batteries in smoke detectors
- carpentry repairs
- minor yard cleaning
- removal of dangerous tree limbs
- repair to pathways or steps for safe access
- minor modifications to assist with daily living
Home Security Safety
For people living in their own home, we will visit your home and provide advice on how to improve security and safety. We can also assist with the installation of security locks and devices, smoke detectors and safety modifications.
To assist with the more demanding tasks of daily living, short term in-home assistance is available for:
- social support
Longer-term assistance may be provided on a Iimited basis, subject to the client's needs and available resources.
Where possible, the client is asked to provide material costs and to contribute towards labour costs, $7.00 per hour.
Applying For Assistance
Please contact the coordinator at the Barossa Council, (08) 8563 8411 or call into your local Library/Council Office.
All plans and discussions are made with the client, and you may refuse the service offered without it affecting any future application for assistance. Where the need for assistance is established but cannot be provided by this programme, advice and referral to other services may be available.