Aged and Community Care — HomeFront Information

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Falls in Australia
Consequences of falls
What does HomeFront do
Who is eligible?
Links to other falls prevention sites
Commendations


HomeFront is a Department of Veterans’ Affairs program designed to prevent falls and accidents in the home.

Falls in Australia

  • One third of all people over 65 fall at least once per year
  • One quarter of these people have multiple falls
  • One quarter of these people sustain significant injuries
  • 5% sustain a fracture (usually humerus, wrist, hip or pelvis)
  • 97% of all hip fractures are due to a fall
  • Half of all people over 80 fall at least once per year.

Consequences of falls

One in three Australians over the age of 65 fall at least once a year, 5% of these falls resulting in significant injuries. Falls and accidents are a key factor in causing otherwise avoidable admissions to hospital.

HomeFront aims to maintain the health and independence of the veteran community and reduce potential medical and hospital costs by reducing the incidence of falls and accidents in and around the home.

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What does HomeFront do?

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HomeFront provides a free home assessment by a trained assessor who will identify fall and accident hazards in and around the home. Such hazards might include uneven floor coverings, poor lighting, wet or slippery floors, unsafe steps or railings and cluttered walkways.

Following the home assessment, and with the veteran’s consent, recommended safety appliances can be fitted in the home. Such items might include grab rails or non-slip surface treatments for floors. Only qualified tradespeople will carry out the work.

Eligible veterans, war widows and widowers will receive some financial contribution from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs once each 12 month period towards the cost of recommended minor house modifications and appliances.

Under the program veterans can also be advised on specific home and community support services to enhance their capacity to continue living independently in their homes.

Who is eligible?

All Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold and White Card holders are eligible for an annual free HomeFront assessment and some financial assistance once every twelve months towards the cost of repairs or alterations recommended by the HomeFront assessor.

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Links to other falls prevention sites

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Commendations

"Thank you ever so much for the help that HomeFront did for me...it certainly has been a great help to me and I really appreciate what has been done in lots of ways. The lady that came to interview me was so lovely...the man that did the job was so professional...Thank you once again and I really do appreciate it" (Nunawading, Victoria)

"I feel much more secure now with this work done and once again thank you for this excellent service" (Ballayina, Western Australia)

"Thank you for your lovely caring attitude to the oldies. It was just lovely and he was so pleasant" (Villa Wood, NSW)

"I wish to extend my appreciation to HomeFront for the work carried out re installation of the grab rails in the bathroom and shower recess of our home. From the assessment of the needs to the installation, your people were most considerate and helpful. Thank you for a job well done" (Beaumauris, Victoria)

"I have had some pretty bad experiences with tradesmen previously so I was delighted with the high level of professionalism the builder displayed through the entire repair process. There was very little inconvenience caused to me and he was always prompt and reliable" (Surrey Hills, NSW)

HomeFront does not provide assistance with garden maintenance, care services or any aspect of home security.

Should veterans need an aid or appliance to assist with daily living, they may be eligible for assistance under the Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP).