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Trying to tap into services for my mentally ill elderly Aunt, too old for NDIS

EddieH

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My Aunty is 72 and is still living alone but is mentally only 10. Can't access Ndis over 65. Just wondering if anyone had any ideas. I'm struggling to care for her and want some help. Ferntreegully area Melbourne Vic
 
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My Aunty is 72 and is still living alone but is mentally only 10. Can't access Ndis over 65. Just wondering if anyone had any ideas. I'm struggling to care for her and want some help. Ferntreegully area Melbourne Vic
Hi Eddie;

That's a sad situation. I'm sorry.. How bad are things re her self sufficiency? Apart from yourself, does she have others around to help out?

If you give the Mental Health Crisis Hotline a call they may be able to provide ideas. I'm pretty sure it's a national number. 1800 011 511

If not, Community Services or the Senior's Hotline might be able to help.

There's been lots of controversy re patients in Nursing Homes having their mental health neglected due to legislation separating them from the public system. If your aunt gets placed in one by authorities, (I hope she doesn't) she probably won't get the treatment she deserves.

It's so important for people to be as self reliant as possible for as long as possible later in life.

How are you holding up Eddie?
 
EddieH

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Thanks @LizBo for the info. Everything is alright taking her shopping and to the bank tomorrow. She can't manage money or use an atm, it's getting hard as all the banks are closing and no one uses cash anymore. Need to buy her a new fridge things are mounting up and her brother just sits on his hands, makes me sick, useless prick he is. All he wants is to stick her in a nursing home, nasty bastard.
 
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Hey Eddie, we're in a similar position with my elderly mother in law. She doesn't use ATMs and doesn't use computers so finds it hard to manage her money. She has one of those passbook things (but never has it updated properly). The house we live in is falling apart around us (the front steps are dangerous and the hot water pipes are shot). She has had an aged care assessment which recommended home help, but at our own cost. As pensioners, we simply cannot afford that (it was because she has too many assets including her own home and car which my wife drives her to appointments in).
Can you arrange for an aged care assessment under myagedcare.gov.au? It has a portal similar to the NDIS but for people aged over 65 years old. Be adamant you would like to keep her in her own home as long as possible and they should be able to link you in with services you can be referred to like shopping support and community access and such.
In our case, we are hoping my OT assessment at home (at the end of the month) will prompt a review of my NDIS funding to have some things repaired at home (like the stairs and hot water system). Not holding our breath however.
 
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