ADVERTISING FEATURE: It’s your life and now it’s your choice

HAPPY AT HOME: Many people would prefer to live independently at home as they get older and the new changes will help people choose their providers.


The changes to Home Care will give people freedom to choose their service provider and move to a different provider.

For organisations like Novacare the changes mean more people can access their services.

“NovaCare can now provide Home Care Packages across the Hunter especially in the Newcastle, Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie areas,” CEO Joseph McCarthy said.

Novacare specialises in supporting people to continue to live at home and be part of their local communities and was named Organisation of the Year by Aged & Community Services NSW/ACT at the State Awards for Excellence 2016.

The award was judged on excellent service, with a focus on innovation and Mr McCarthy says being local matters.

“We are not a call centre – our office is in Broadmeadow.We are independent, flexible, close at hand and know everyone personally.”

Novacare prides itself on thinking outside the square to help people live their way, utilising the “wrap around” approach.

“We look at life from all angles, so no matter who you are and what stage of life you’re at, we’re with you all the way,” Mr McCarthy said.

“I don’t think any other organisation in Newcastle can offer such choice with our home, social and respite services.”

Novacare owns Milpara Centre in Merewether with a full calendar of events and bus trips.

“One 91-year-old lady has house keeping, mowing, garden maintenance, help with shopping and appointments, and is picked up and taken to Milpara for craft, socialising, exercise, and outings,” Mr McCarthy. “Recently they visited Lake Macquarie Art Gallery followed by lunch overlooking the lake.”

Novacarealso owns Respite Cottage in Hamilton which offers guests day, overnight and extended care with private bedrooms and bathrooms. It is the only cottage of it’s kind in Newcastle.

When looking for a service provider Mr McCarthy advises to focus on one who can support your choices, interests, needs and personality.

“It’s your life and it’s your choice,” he said.

For more infoabout Novacare, call 1300 363 654.