We’ve always advocated for positive changes and improvements to the aged care industry, which is why we’ll be fully prepared and ready to guide you through the introduction of a new, streamlined Support at Home Program which will come into effect in July 2023.
The new Support at Home Program reflects a huge shift in focus within aged care, where staying at home for as long as possible a is a top priority for senior Australians.
Read the full Support at Home Overview on our Resources page.
This new Program delivers a much-needed reformation within the home care space and Well Placed Care is ready to support and guide our clients through this transition.
For your convenience, we’ve extracted some of the key changes from this Program Overview that will change how home care is approached and will be implemented.
“In home aged care currently consists of several programs which have different approaches to assessment, eligibility, service providers, funding and fees. The system can lead to inequitable outcomes for senior Australians, as people with the same needs receive different supports, and not enough funding is spent on direct care. As a result, the system is complicated and can be confusing for senior Australians and their families.”
SUPPORT AT HOME PROGRAM OVERVIEW
For many people, their care scenario isn’t a ‘this’ or ‘that’ situation. It’s unique to their individual circumstances and often a complex scenario, requiring multiple care options and services in order to meet their care needs. As a result, you’re jumping through multiple hoops in order to access the right services to fulfil your individual care plan.
See a more detailed outline of these changes in the Support at Home Overview.
You’ll experience more clarity and efficiency.
Some notable tools to facilitate this will include:
Find out more about how these categories work in in the Support at Home Overview.
When the Final Report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was released last year, we hoped that this would prompt a conscious shift away from solely focusing on an individual’s physical abilities and instead provide the much-needed infrastructure to support person-centred care. This in turn will give us even more resources, tools and support to find the perfect aged care solution for our clients as they embark on life’s next adventure.
It looks like the new Program will be focussing on just this, with greater development and refinement around GEAT (Goods, equipment, and assistive technologies) and home modifications for senior Australians to access and install in their own homes. Currently, senior Australians receiving an HCP (Home Care Packages) may access any GEAT or home modifications as required using package funds, but must first ‘save’ enough subsidy funding to make the purchase. This new Program will change this approach by getting the assessor to determine if the person has a need for low-level, mid-level, or high-level GEAT or home modifications. Senior Australians would have access to the support they are assessed as needing for both GEAT and home modifications without needing to save funds.
We stand by our tried and tested testimony that preparation is key to a successful outcome in your aged care journey! This means that we absolutely encourage you to start your aged care journey now if you’ve been thinking about it. The earlier you engage in our services, the more support we can provide.
Planning, coordinating and tailoring the right care plan to your individual care needs at home takes time. It’s highly likely that by the time you’re ready to start your in-home care plan, the Program may well be under way.
For one flat fee our services include comprehensive support and consultancy in the home care space, leaving you feel prepared, informed and empowered. This can look like:
Whether you’re searching for the right service to future-proof against your specific circumstances or require an immediate care solution, we’ll be able to offer information that is informed, current, accurate and suited to your specific care needs.
Seeking out aged care consultancy and advocacy services such as Well Placed Care is an incredible act of love for your loved ones. It’s a proactive approach to find quality care that will suit the needs of your loved ones, keeps the whole family informed as you navigate the aged care system and means you can stay focused on each other by letting us take care of all the necessary details.
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