There are currently more than 8000 Australians younger than 65 living with a disability that are residing in aged care facilities.
Extensive research has been carried out on the mental health of these young Australians who are forced to live in aged care facilities in order to receive the care they require. The results show significant negative consequences including social isolation, feelings of vulnerability and helplessness and concerns over access to appropriate rehabilitation services.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is presenting an opportunity to reduce the number of people with a disability entering aged care. The NDIS shows commitment to providing people with disabilities with choice and control over their own lives, however, there have been concerns over the scheme being rolled out too fast. As a result there are unmet demands in the sector, and the question of when and how the industry will find relief is resulting in an increase of at-home support services.
Simply Helping is a member of the NDIS and provides individualised in-home support and services for eligible people living with a disability. Director Angela Feery-Richards says Simply Helping provides services that enable clients to maintain a healthy lifestyle in their own homes.
“Most seniors and people with a disability want to stay living at home for as long as possible,” Ms Feery-Richards says. “One of the services Simply Helping provide is companion care which ensures there is a healthy amount of social interaction for our clients, particularly those who live alone.”
NDIS Funding Increase to Allow For Improved Choices in Disability Care Provision
Funding for the NDIS scheme is expected to rise from $8 billion in 2017 to $22 billion in 2021.
The NDIS has been designed to support 460,000 Australians living with a disability by 2019; unfortunately issues such as isolation, remoteness and staffing numbers in the disability care industry are becoming apparent.
A Royal Commission has been ordered to evaluate why Australian aged care and disability facilities are not coping with demand. There has also been a growing interest in improving care options provided for people living with a disability.
Angela Feery-Richards says Simply Helping strives to add value, meaning and dignity to individual lives whilst also providing valuable complementary additions to their personalised services.
“We provide a referral service to professional counselling or psychological services anywhere in Australia so our clients can access any additional support they may need, whatever their situation,” Ms Feery-Richards says.
Changing People’s Lives For The Better
When dealing with private health care, it is important that patients are able to choose the right organisation to assist with their ongoing professional care. Angela Feery-Richards says that under the principles of consumer directed care, there is increased opportunity for individuals to make their own choices in selecting the organisation they feel most comfortable working with.
“Simply Helping endeavour through our well-trained and empathetic staff to provide a flexible level of care and support for eligible people with a permanent and significant impairment,” Ms Feery-Richards says.
Simply Helping is an Australian owned company with extensive experience and understanding of the Australian healthcare system. Founded in 1998 in regional Victoria, Simply Helping has established its reputation for the quality provision of in-home care and support services to people living with a disability, as well as older Australians requiring aged care.
Services offered by Simply Helping can be either short or long term and include housekeeping, respite care, personal/hygiene care, medication reminders, companionship, meal preparation, shopping assistance, social outings, dog walking, transportation and home maintenance.
Franchise Opportunities In An Increasingly Relevant Industry
Simply Helping has a proven business model that enables growth in Australia’s dynamic aged care, disability and lifestyle support industries Simply Helping franchise would perfectly suit people already working in the disability or aged care sectors, ex-medical professionals or people already affiliated with sub sector industries such as Meals on heels and volunteer agencies.
Promoting a healthy work/life balance and flexible working hours, a Simply Helping franchise provides the flexibility and independence of business ownership with established credentials and systems already in place for success in a growing industry.
Managing Director Angela Feery-Richards says Simply Helping provides ongoing mentoring and support through its experienced professional corporate and franchise support staff.
“Training and documented industry-compliant business systems, policies and procedures are provided to actively support our management franchisees,” Ms Feery-Richards says.
How Can I Provide A Service In The In-Home Care Industry?
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About Simply Helping
Simply Helping was founded by Angela Feery-Richards in Australia back in 1998. Angela has an extensive background in the health industry spanning 35 years as a health professional within the private and the public sector. Simply Helping has developed as a company of integrity to provide a suite of services to individuals and families using professional and trusted carers within an environment of caring and meeting the needs and wants of its clients.
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