HammondCare offers lifeline to Scone residents waiting for home care packages

Chairman of the Strathearn Board Gordon Halliday with Strathearn CEO Matt Downie and HammondCare chief executive Dr Stephen Judd

Chairman of the Strathearn Board Gordon Halliday with Strathearn CEO Matt Downie and HammondCare chief executive Dr Stephen Judd

HAMMONDCARE has leaped to the assistance of people feeling frustrated by delays in starting their home care packages - despite being eligible - by offering a special Early Commencement Offer. 

Manager of HammondCare At Home for Scone, Lea Adams, said the organisation had decided to help many older people who were uncertain about how long they might be waiting in the queue for a Home Care Package so they could begin accessing much-needed home care immediately.

“If someone is eligible for home care following their assessment by the Aged Care Assessment bodies, but they are still waiting for their funding approval to come through, they can start with HammondCare At Home today,” she said.

“From this week we will be offering Home Care Packages so they can get the care they need to stay at home and we will cover the funding shortfall until the client’s final approval comes through.”

HammondCare is advertising its Early Commencement Offer across NSW, Queensland and Victoria in locations where HammondCare At Home is available.

Ms Adams said the offer was being made in response to numerous requests for HammondCare at Home services by eligible clients who were often desperate to get started to avoid carer burnout or stress or to avoid premature or unwanted admission to residential aged care. 

“While providers like HammondCare have been supportive of the changes to a market where there is more choice and competition, we could no longer stand by and watch people deteriorate because of delays in receiving the care people urgently need, especially those with high care needs, including dementia,” she explained.

“HammondCare will always take a risk to help those at risk, and our Early Commencement Offer is in line with this approach.”

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