Home care packages – clinical care and support with daily tasks to help you live independently at home
Our fully accredited, government funded home care services are fully flexible, totally designed around your individual needs, and are available seven days a week right through the year.
We provide a wide range of care and support services right in your own home, from help with chores around the house and garden, shopping, transport, and preparing meals right through to more personal care like help with showering and dressing, assisting you with your medications or providing qualified clinical care.
You’ll receive more or less support as your needs change, helping you maintain the dignity, flexibility and enjoyment of staying at home as long as possible.
Banksia Community Care
We can help in ways you probably didn’t think possible. Our services include:
- Personal care
- Home care, and maintenance
- Meal preparation
- Clinical care
- Medication administration
- Respite care
Kelly Knight, Banksia Community Care’s newest RN
“I always wanted to be a nurse, right from when I was a little girl”, says Kelly. “My Gran was a nurse, and she was probably my inspiration to follow this career. She gave me loads of advice, but her best counsel was to always care for the person as you would want someone you love cared for.”
Joining Banksia’s home care service, Banksia Community Care, in March, Kelly brings with her a wealth of experience in high level clinical care and community nursing, and is well-known in the Eurobodalla region from her previous roles in the area including at Moruya and Batemans Bay hospitals.
We caught up with Kelly recently to get to know her better…..
BV: What qualifications did you gain for your career?
KK: I completed my Bachelor of Nursing at the Southern Cross University in Lismore in 1997 and became a Registered Nurse (RN). During my uni holidays, I worked in the aged care sector and realised how much I love being around older people. I’ve always gravitated back to aged care throughout my career because of that.
After I completed my RN, I did a 12-month transitional program at Prince Henry and Prince of Wales hospitals in Sydney. I worked in three areas during that year – medical oncology, HIV and Infectious diseases and cardio-thoracic surgery. It was an amazing opportunity to build my clinical experience.
I really enjoyed cardio-thoracic nursing and actually stayed on at Prince of Wales for a further two years doing that, after my transitional year.
BV: Where did you go after Prince of Wales?
KK: I’ve always believed it’s important to continue developing my skills and experience, to be an effective nurse. After Sydney, I decided to move to Canberra to focus on home and clinic based wound and stoma care, general community nursing and palliative care. I was also the Clinical Nurse Educator for the whole South Canberra region, and as well as extending my own knowledge, I was responsible for developing and delivering training for other nurses and clinicians across that region. It was a great experience.
BV: What brought you to the South Coast?
KK: I had an opportunity to move down here in 2007 (and who could resist the chance to live in paradise!) to do further work in community nursing. I also managed clinical quality assurance and accreditation for a number of providers in the local health care network.
BV: What do you enjoy most about your role?
KK: I’ve enjoyed most of the different areas I’ve worked in during my career, but I have to say home care and community nursing is it for me. Its primary care – helping people stay out of hospital and in the familiarity and comfort of their own homes as long as it’s safe for them to do so, or supporting them after surgery or to recover from an illness. It’s a privilege to be invited into people’s homes, to build relationships with them and their families, and know that I can provide professional care that makes a real difference to their lives.
BV: What has Consumer Directed Care meant for home care?
KK: Well, with CDC, the client is the boss, which is the way it should be. The client gets to choose what services they want, and who provides them for their home care package. My role involves sitting with people to understand what support they would like, as well as what might be beneficial for them.
CDC has been a great development in our sector, but there have been some challenges for people working their way through the system for the first time. So, part of my role involves helping people find their way through government services like MyAgedCare and the ACAT process.
BV: What services can people receive with a home care package?
KK: A lot of people still don’t realise how wide the variety of services and support is that they can access with a home care package. For example at Banksia, as well as fully qualified nursing and clinical support clients can access personal care like help with showering and dressing, and help around the home like cleaning, meal preparation and even gardening and maintenance. We also provide transport and can help with shopping. It’s all about what the individual client needs and how we can best provide that support.
Thanks Kelly, and welcome to the team!
To find out more about home care, contact Banksia Community Care on (tel) 02 4472 6621, talk to your GP, or visit the government’s MyAgedCare website.
A day in the life of…..
Kelly Knight, RN at Banksia Community Care
I spend the bulk of my day with clients in their own home. This is vital in developing and maintaining relationships and working collaboratively when providing care in a person’s home.
Along with our other Registered Nurses, I deliver a range of different care services, but predominantly any type of clinical care that’s required. My main role is to encourage a wellness approach to maximise the abilities of each individual client, as they are all unique.
I also spend time with new clients developing their care packages, or reviewing existing packages to make sure any new support that is needed is built in to the service especially providing leadership