Flexible Hourly Home Care in Melbourne | The Good Companion
We provide specialist Home Care, Live In, aged care at home, live in, respite and companionship for the elderly, disabled and convalescing
We provide specialist Home Care, Live In, aged care at home, live in, respite and companionship for the elderly, disabled and convalescing

Home Care Service

Flexible Hourly

Home Care Package

Assisting you to live at home for longer

What is Flexible Hourly Home Care?

By helping with Daily Living, our support workers enable clients to maintain their normal daily routines. Hourly home care for seniors, gives the client the flexibility to choose the most suitable times for service. Surrounded by their possessions, pets, and familiar environment, our clients receive the support they need and enjoy their regular activities.

Our Support Workers assist clients in living their everyday lives with their flexible hourly home care services. Whether a client needs help grooming or cooking or just requires simple companionship, our Support Workers will be able to assist them. Here's a full list of our hourly home care services for clients.

Here's a full list of our hourly home care services for clients.

Success Stories

"Approachable, open, flexible and easy to work with. The Good Companion makes me feel like I'm part of the family and not a corporate organisation where you're just a number left to your own devices."

Cooking and Light Housekeeping

Cooking and Light Housekeeping

As individuals age, it becomes more and more difficult to muster the energy it takes to cook and clean for themselves. While most want their homes to be spotless and their meals to be nutritious, sometimes they just don't have what it takes to get those things done. And they often tire themselves out before the can finish their chores. This is where a Support Worker can come in handy. Whether your energy is depleted or you need a second pair of hands in the kitchen to assist you, TGCA Support Workers can do whatever it takes to make sure they enjoy hearty meals.

In addition to cooking, they can help out with light cleaning around the home. From emptying the dishwasher to cleaning the living room and taking out the trash, clients can count on our Support Workers to keep their living area comfortable and tidy.

Laundry and change of bed linens

Laundry and change of bed linens

Laundry can be challenging for many clients. Laundry rooms are at times on a different level to the bedroom which requires carrying a heavy or awkward basket of clothes up a flight of stairs or two. Even if the laundry room is on the same floor, it can be difficult to bend and lift as you age. Fortunately, our Support Workers can handle doing loads of laundry while keeping clients company. Even if clients want to retain a routine of doing their own laundry, our support workers can act as a helping hand to do the heavy-lifting, to make sure that they don't overexert or hurt themselves.

Changing bed linens can also be quite difficult for anyone on their own, but is even more challenging for some clients. Our Support Workers can take over this task or simply provide assistance with it.

Grocery shopping and errands

Grocery shopping and errands

Mobility can be an issue for some clients, which is why our caretakers are able to do the grocery shopping and take care of any other household or personal errands, such as going to the pharmacy or hardware store.

An outing to the grocery store can be good for clients, but it can take a toll on them with all the walking and lifting. If clients would still like to enjoy the routine of going out to the supermarket and choosing their groceries, Support Workers can simply assist them to ensure they don't tire themselves. On the other hand, if a client would like to stay home and rest, our Support Workers can go out to the store or on any other errand, get everything the client needs, and bring it back home for them the choice is theirs.

Bathing, dressing and grooming assistance

Bathing, dressing and grooming assistance

You know what they say - when you look good, you feel good. A big part of looking and feeling good is taking care of and grooming yourself. However, some clients may have a hard time and may need assistance when it comes to this kind of self-care; fortunately, our Support Workers can help with that, too. Whether assistance is needed for bathing, dressing, or brushing hair or teeth, our trained professionals will be able to help get it done, safely and quickly.

Companionship and range of motion exercise

A common misconception is that Support Workers are for people who are unable to help themselves. On the contrary, many of our Support Workers act as companions for clients who tend to spend most of their time at home, alone. While physical health is important, emotional health is just as essential to one's well-being.

Having some companionship and someone to talk to could be the thing that keeps you in a good mood, up to date on the world around you. Lack of mental stimulation tends to contribute to decline in general health. For this reason, our home care services include companionship as a part of the service.

In addition to providing mental and emotional support in the form of companionship, our Support Workers can also create light exercise plans for clients that'll get them up and moving. The benefits of light to moderate exercise for clients include:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Good heart health
  • Reduced risk of cancer, diabetes
  • Improved strength
  • Stronger joints and muscles
  • Prevention of falls and fractures
  • Better mood

 

Companionship and range of motion exercise

There's nothing worse than sitting around not moving all day and being under-stimulated or even lonely. The companionship and physical exercise routine provided by Support Workers will ensure that clients stay healthy, both mentally and physically.

Transportation to doctor appointments, supermarket, pharmacy

Clients need to get around every now and then to be able to live their lives the way they want. Our Support Workers will relieve the burden from family members of having to pick clients up and take them for groceries, to the pharmacy, or to their doctor's appointments. All of our trained staff will be able to help clients get to and from the supermarket, pick up their medications, and get to any doctor appointments they have scheduled.

Assisting with walking and transfer from bed to wheelchair

Sometimes elderly family members have mobility issues that make it hard for them to get around. Luckily, our Support Workers are trained to be able to help clients walk or to transfer them from their wheelchair to the bed, and vice versa, safely. Using professional techniques and proven strategies, TGCA Support Workers can help clients get around their home, assist them in walking safely while they're out and about, and help them back into bed when they're ready.

Status reporting to family

When clients live alone, it can be tough for their family members to gauge how well they're doing. For example, those who have dementia may forget to tell their family abut a pain they've been having or a medication they need to refill. When a Support Worker is present, they can take note of all the little things throughout the day and update family members accordingly. Here at TGCA, we know how important it is to keep families in the loop, which is why all of our Support Workers can provide full status reporting to family members, upon request. This way, family members will always know what's going on and everyone will be on the same page when it comes to the client's care plan and daily needs.

Medication reminders

Medication reminders are extremely important for clients, especially for those with dementia or Alzheimer's who are prone to forgetting. Support workers will familiarize themselves with the care plan of the individual client and ensure that they stay on top of taking their medication throughout the day.

Live-In Home Care Services

What is Live-in Home Care?

Live-In Home Care provides seniors with full-time, around the clock care. Clients and their families can have peace of mind with reliable, live-in Support Workers that monitor safety, attend to any immediate or daily needs and provide companionship.

Many people over the age of 65 report that they wish to age in place, at home. However, frailty, chronic illness or forgetfulness can make living alone too difficult. In these cases, live-in care allows your loved one to remain in the comfort of his or her home and maintain as much independence as possible while ensuring the highest level of safety. With full-time, around the clock care, a Support Worker is always watching over your loved one, offering emotional support, reducing fall risk and assisting in all activities of daily living including:

  • Cooking and light housekeeping.
  • Laundry and change of bed linens.
  • Grocery shopping and errands.
  • Companionship and range of motion exercise.
  • Bathing, dressing and grooming assistance.
  • Transportation to doctor appointments, supermarket, pharmacy.
  • Assisting with walking and transfer from bed to wheelchair.
  • Status reporting to family.
  • Medication reminders.
live in home care for seniors

Why choose Live-in Care?

If you're looking for a comprehensive, cost efficient alternative to any type of facility, live-in care is the choice for you. The emotional strain associated with moving away from the familiarity and comfort of home often leads to physical decline, further loss of independence and diminished quality of life. Providing assistance with live-in care allows your loved one to remain in his or her home, promoting optimal emotional well-being. In addition, Support Workers offer a much more personalized plan of care with one-to-one support tailored to the status, conditions, preferences, hobbies and lifestyle of the individual.

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Aged care carers & nurses that come to you.

Success Stories

"I met Susan on one of my visits to my Aunty Danielle. We shared contact details at that time, and Susan has been in touch with me every two or three days to keep me up to date with Danielle’s progress. I have found Susan to be a very caring and compassionate women. Over the last few weeks she has kept me up to date with the many things, that she and my niece Mary have done. Between my Niece and Susan, they made my Aunts life a happy and special time. As a family, we were dead against the Nursing Home option, as that was not Danielle’s desire, and she was most unhappy there. It relieved us all to receive from Susan regular photos of Danielle. As a family, we thank your organisation for being there, to help Danielle have her wish to be in her own home, with her cat honey, by her side."

Sarah Whyte, Support Worker at TGCA

Sarah Whyte

Ola, I’m Sarah.
I have been a Support Worker since 2006 working in all areas including Dementia specific units. I would say that I am a people's person & that my clients needs come first.

Zoe Humphreys, Professional Support Worker at TGCA

Zoe Humphreys

Hi I’m Zoe,
My passion is mental health. When helping others it brings such positive benefits to my own wellbeing. I was a registered Nurse, but I find Homecare more enjoyable as I get that 1 on 1 time with people.

Jody McDonald, Support Worker at TGCA

Jody McDonald

Hi I’m Jody,
l received my qualifications in 2009. I have an arts loving website called www.emilycat176.com and I am teaching myself the ukulele. I also love to laugh & make others laugh too.

Pam, Support Worker at TGCA

Pam

Hi I’m Pam,
I’ve worked in the industry since 2008. I chose this career because I to know what it feels like not to be able to do the everyday things for yourself after I ended up in a wheelchair for several months due to a major motorcycle accident. I love to joke & laugh with my clients. Life is too short not too!

Hospital To Home Care

Managing The Transition

Older Australians have made their voices heard loud and clear - most of them would like to live out their years at home. The pace at which the senior population is growing in Australia has bolstered the healthcare industry to find solutions that adequately care for the elderly, with home care leading the preferences. But making the transition from the hospital to the home can be difficult if the right people or conditions aren't in place or if the family isn't prepared to handle the demanding task of post-hospitalization care.

Family Matters

It's always encouraging and a blessing when family members are willing to take on the responsibility of caring for loved ones when they are released from the hospital. Long term care facilities are not the first choice for seniors, who for whatever health reason, can't live on their own. But keep in mind that being at home can present its own set of challenges if family members aren't ready to handle the change.

Caring for an elderly loved one may be time consuming, as well as emotionally, physically, and psychologically draining. It often calls for a sharp shift in one's lifestyle.

In addition to the emotional changes, there are actual medical procedures and other considerations that need to be followed up with to keep your loved one healthy and safe when they decide to live at home. For example, there may be a need for architectural changes to the home, a set schedule for medications, daily activity routines and doctor visits. Depending on the extent of care needed, taking on the responsibility of caring for an elderly loved one living at home is one that could require more than one family member - so coordinating schedules might become an issue.

How to Prepare & Manage

The first thing to keep in mind is that you are making a commitment to care for your loved one at home along with that commitment comes a promise of accountability that can't be broken. Accepting this responsibility sets the tone for the household and a positive environment is just as important as any other factor.

The first practical step you can take towards caring for a loved one is speaking with the doctors and nurses at the hospital. Learn what you can about the condition, disease, or ailment that is affecting your loved one and ask questions to determine the best practices to ensure all guidelines are followed.

Next, you need to speak to a family doctor for much of the same reasons. The more information you receive, the better. With the family doctor having a more intimate history with your loved one, you may get more insight or a different perspective on ways in which to care for them that is specific to their personality. Collect all relevant contact information from the doctor and keep it in a visible place that's easy to access for your loved one.

It's important the house is properly set up, as well. Items should be easy to reach and in full view. If going up and down the stairs is an issue, then other arrangements must be made to accommodate. Sometimes all it takes is to move a few things around other times it may be a bit more labour intensive.

Hire a Professional

We've made it clear that facilitating the transition from a hospital to home care is not all that easy. Hiring a professional Support Worker from TGCA will provide you with peace of mind, knowing your loved one is in capable hands.

Our Support Workers are skilled at handling the transition from the hospital to the home and have the experience to care for your loved one around the clock, if needed. From meal preparation and medication reminders, to transport to and from doctor's appointments.

You obviously want what's best for your loved one and want to ensure their health and safety is top priority. Hiring a professional Support Worker doesn't mean you're not involved in the care, it simply means you trust us to use our expertise and be a support system to fill in the gaps where we can.

Contact us today for more information on what we do to help older Australians successfully live their lives in the prime place they know and love: home.

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About TGCA

Founded in 2015 TGCA delivers exceptional Home Care solutions for a more independent and healthier you.

Connecting individuals looking for home based support services with top-quality, pre-screened supervised carers. With a seamless 60-second booking process and a 100% happiness guarantee, TGCA is a sure and convenient way to book care support services.

Locations

Brisbane Melbourne Sydney

Services

Professional Home Care Solutions 100% Happiness Guarantee!

About TGCA

Founded in 2015 TGCA delivers exceptional Home Care solutions for a more independent and healthier you.

Connecting individuals looking for home based support services with top-quality, pre-screened supervised carers. With a seamless 60-second booking process and a 100% happiness guarantee, TGCA is a sure and convenient way to book care support services.

7 Days 8am to 7pm AEST

Locations

Brisbane Melbourne Sydney

Services

Home Care, 24 Hour Live-in Care, Australian Disability Support, Family Respite Support Australia, Children and Adults, Self-Managed NDIS, Home Care Services

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