By: Monique Van Wierst, COTA Australia
Older people have managed their own lives for a lifetime and want to continue to do this when they may need additional assistance to remain living at home.
Recent aged care reforms have recognised this and the consumer directed approach in delivering home care packages is being rolled out across the aged care sector.
Nearly 6,000 consumer directed care(CDC) packages were approved for 2013-2014 and are now available to older people around Australia. From 1st July 2015 all new and existing home care packages will also need to be delivered as consumer directed care although providers can adopt CDC before this deadline.
Consumer Directed Care (CDC) represents an important and exciting change in the way services are provided. At the moment, with the exception of those packages that are already being delivered as CDC, home care services have been in control of the funding and have had the final say on how services are delivered. While CDC packages will operate within government guidelines, consumers will have more choice and control over how their services are provided. The funding available for their assistance will also be transparent.
Home Care Today aims to ensure that consumers and providers have the support to benefit fully from this change by providing information and resources for consumers and home care providers.
At the heart of Home Care Today is a comprehensive website that we anticipate will be live in the Autumn of 2014. Materials will be available in hard copy formats too and events and peer learning will also be part of the mix. An initial piece of information for consumers to explain CDC is being developed and will be available soon.
Home Care Today was initiated by COTA Australia and is funded by the Department of Social Services
The LGBTI Health Alliance has a seat alongside other consumer advocacy organisations and the provider peaks on the Home Care Today Steering Committee. They are also an active part of the Consumer Project Consultation Group providing guidance and input to project development.
If you would like to be kept up to date with developments of the Home Care Today project or to request the consumer information booklet email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03 9909 9710. You can also visit www.cota.org.au for more project information.