What is attendant care?

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Anglicare is a specialist provider of attendant care to clients of the Motor Accidents Insurance Board.

Attendant care enables people to live at home and perform the usual activities of everyday living, after the trauma of a motor vehicle accident.

Attendant care includes support with personal care, assistance with shopping and meal preparation, and rehabilitation programs that promote communication skills and improve mobility. Attendant care may incorporate home modifications such as ramps, wheelchair accessible bathrooms, wider doorways and bed hoists.

Anglicare’s attendant care service also supports people to stay connected with their community.

Attendant care doesn’t cover housework, domestic chores or gardening, or transport. These are covered by other funding arrangements.

More complex care

Attendant care is not suitable for everyone. The severity of some people’s brain or spinal injuries may mean that they will need to spend a long period (and in some cases the rest of their lives) in a supported accommodation facility. The MAIB owns properties in Glenorchy, Kings Meadows and Launceston that have been purpose-built for people with complex care needs. They are all managed by Anglicare.

You can find out more about Anglicare’s Acquired Injury Support Services here.

When you need other services

The Motor Accidents Insurance Board (MAIB) funds the Road Trauma Support Tasmania service. This is a Tasmania-wide service that provides free and confidential counselling to people who have directly or indirectly experienced road trauma. It will help you through the stages of shock, grief, acceptance and adjustment.

This service has no time limits and can be used by anyone who needs to chat with someone outside their family and friendship group. You might have been first on the scene, or a witness.

You can contact the Road Trauma Support Tasmania service by telephone on 0427 487 251 or the contact form on its website.

It also has a Facebook page

Anglicare offers a range of services that can support people with their mental health, relationships, ability to work and financial situation.

Anne-Marie is a former client of Anglicare’s attendant care services. She shares her story here.

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