Important Changes in government funded home care services

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Home Care Packages

If you want to stay in your own home as you get older, but need some help with things like cleaning and preparing meals, or with transport so you can go shopping or attend appointments, a Home Care Package may help you.

What is a Home Care Package?

A Home Care Package provides a co-ordinated package of services tailored to meet your specific care needs to:

  • help you to stay in your own home as you get older
  • give you choice and flexibility in the way your care and services are provided to you at home From 1 July 2015, all Home Care Packages will be provided on a Consumer Directed Care (CDC) basis. CDC allows you and your carer more power to influence the design and delivery of the services you receive. It also allows you to exercise a greater degree of choice in what services are delivered and where and when they are delivered.The types of services you get under a Home Care Package will depend on your needs. Your service provider will work in partnership with you to identify your goals and needs. Your service provider will also work with you to co-design the best ways to deliver those care and services so you can live a more active and independent life.
  • The services that can be provided in a Home Care Package include:

What types of services are provided?

  • Home Care Packages and Consumer Directed Care
  • personal services – such as help with showering or bathing, dressing and mobility
  • support services – such as help with washing and ironing, house cleaning, gardening, basic home maintenance, home modifications related to your care needs, and transport to help you do shopping, visit your doctor or attend social activities
  • clinical care – such as nursing and other health support including physiotherapy (exercise, mobility, strength and balance), services of a dietitian (nutrition assessment, food and nutrition advice, dietary changes) and hearing and vision service

What types of packages are available?

There are four levels of Home Care Packages which can give you the care and services you need:

  • Level 1 supports people with basic care needs
  • Level 2 supports people with low-level care needs
  • Level 3 supports people with intermediate care needs
  • Level 4 supports people with high-level care needs. Burnie Brae will be holding an information morning on Wednesday 17th June, 2015 when more information about this important topic will be provided. Please book at Reception or by phoning 3624 2100
  • Find out more about the subsidy rates on the Department of Social Services website http://www.myagedcare.gov.au/aged-care-services/home-care-packages.
  • Each package level is funded at different amounts paid by the Australian Government to the service provider that delivers care and services to you.