27 Dec

Signs you’re ready for help around the home

Sometimes it can be clear when it’s time to get some extra help around the home – you may have had a fall or recently lost a loved one. Other times, it may be harder to recognise the signs, and often this can make it a difficult decision to make. Receiving help at home isn’t a loss of your independence, though. Often, it’s what helps older Queenslanders maintain their independence and stay in their home longer. 

Signs you could benefit from Help at Home services 

1. You need help with daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning, or bathing. From meal preparation to housekeeping, having a helping hand ensures that essential activities are managed without strain. 

When to look at receiving help around the home

2. You need help with medication or health management. Whether it’s helping to stay on top of health plans set out by your doctor, managing medications, wound care and more, Help at Home services can put your mind at ease.  

 3. You need help getting around. Maintaining independence often involves the ability to move around freely or drive. Help at home services can include transportation assistance, ensuring you can attend appointments, social engagements and other day-to-day activities with ease.



Help around the home can provide social connection


Mike has kept his independence at home with the support of Anglicare allied health, transport, and domestic services.  

“The greatest benefit I get is the care and attention that Anglicare gives. They look after my transport, open the doors for you; its like having a valet!” 

4. You feel isolated or lonely. Living alone, especially after losing a loved one can be emotionally taxing.  Receiving help in the home, means you have human connection on a regular basis. Help at home services can provide companionship, foster social engagement and contribute to your overall wellbeing. 

Diane enjoys her social visits from her Anglicare carer and receives cleaning and podiatry as part of her Home Care Package.  

“We go off and have a coffee, we have grandchildren that we talk about. We have lot’s in common.” 


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Addressing common concerns 

1. Concerns about loss of independence

Engaging help at home services is not a surrender of independence but a strategic decision to maintain autonomy while receiving tailored assistance. Home Care services can enhance your personal freedom by allowing you the time, and energy, to do what you enjoy. Anglicare Southern Queensland’s goal is to help you preserve as much independence as possible and enhance your overall quality of life. 

2. Financial apprehensions 

There is financial help available. Government funding is available for most services via the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and Home Care Package (HCP). If you are  not eligible for government funding, Anglicare Southern Queensland can still provide services for you under a fee-for-service arrangement. Anglicare can help you navigate the options, prioritising financial stability.

3. “I don’t need it yet”

The decision to explore Home Care services is a proactive step toward maintaining your independence to live at home for longer. The sooner you start investigating the options available, the longer you will have to find the right provider and services for your needs.  

Moreover, accessing services before you have no other choice but to receive them, is a smart move toward preventing falls or injuries associated with ‘over doing it’; among some of the most common triggers for accessing help. The proactive mindset not only ensures a smoother transition to necessary assistance but also promotes a safer living environment.   

Anglicare support over 30,000 clients each year. Curious to learn more about help at home services in your area? Reach out to Anglicare Southern Queensland for information on how to access these services and how they can make a positive impact your quality of life. Contact 1300 610 610 or email [email protected]