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Why is it so hard to ask for help?

I’ve been looking after myself for the past 60+ years. I don’t need any help from strangers. Even if I could get help, I can’t afford it. What would I get help for? Who would pay for it?

Does this sound familiar?

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“Preventing older people from going into the hospital system can be done, if the right supports are set up at home,” explains annecto’s Chief Executive Officer, Estelle Fyffe. “Helping people to remain in good health, assisting to implement healthy eating and exercise programs and supporting people to continue to do the things they want to do every day, will only help people to live better lives as they get older,” says Ms Fyffe.

annecto offer culturally appropriate help to people who need a little or a lot of help, in their own home.

Government-funded aged care services in Australia involve you meeting with a person from the Australian government’s My Aged Care team, to determine what services are wanted, and whether you are entitled to some assistance from the government. 

The dual issue of financial hardship and reluctance to ask for help is resulting in many older people not exploring their options to have some help at home. 

For a third of Australian pensioners, living below the poverty line is an unfortunate reality (OECD Pensions at a Glance Report 2015).

Encouraging people as they get older to ask for a little bit of help, could lead to living happier and healthier lives at home for longer. 

Sometimes we need a lot of help and sometimes we need a little. Whatever your circumstances, or financial position, it’s worth talking to annecto about what help can be organised to help you to live better, in your own home.

If you would like more information, contact your Case Manager or your local annecto office.