Get help at home

Need some help around the house? This section helps you find in-home support from the government, specialist organisations, and the community.

Being at home when sick can help you feel more comfortable and connected to friends and family. In this section you will find information and services about in-home care and help with household tasks. Precious Time lists services for a wide range of people and situations. Most are open to all types of people, including people with a specific illness, carers, family, friends and people who are grieving. There are services for communities, cultural groups and people who speak languages other than English.

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If you had to decide whether to die at home or in a hospital, which would you choose?

The question of whether someone wants to go home to die or stay in hospital can be difficult to answer on the spot, without a chance to think about or discuss it privately first. But this happens quite a lot. Here are some examples of things to think or talk about.

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What do you want help with?

It's natural to want to help someone with an illness, or someone caring for someone who's dying, or someone who has cared for someone who has died. For some people accepting help, and feeling okay to decline help, can be hard. Here are some examples of things to think or talk about.

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The Library of Aged Care Things

Provider: Bolton Clarke Group

The Library of Aged Care Things commits to sharing equipment such as walking frames, scooters and occupational therapy equ...

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Shannon’s Bridge - Palliative and advanced care

Provider: Shannon’s Bridge

Shannon’s Bridge is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping the terminally ill live their remaining time well, ...

Meals On Wheels Victoria

Provider: Meals On Wheels Victoria

Meals on Wheels provide nutritious meals, well-being checks and social connection for elderly Victorians. Their services a...

The Royal Melbourne Hospital - Palliative Care Advice Service

Provider: The Royal Melbourne Hospital

The palliative care advice service is a free, confidential advice for anyone who needs information about a life-limiting i...

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