Posted on Nov 19, 2015
Recent reforms by the Australian government mean that seniors now have greater control over where they live, the type of assistance they receive and who delivers it. Trials of Consumer Directed Care (CDC) programs demonstrate that seniors remain healthier and retain their independence for longer through non-medical home care support services.
What is Non-Medical Home Care?
Non-medical home care allows you to remain in your home whilst receiving assistance with daily living tasks. Non-medical home care can include support networks such as family and friends as well as professional providers. Under CDC programs, you have the flexibility to decide which support services best meet your needs. Non-medical home care services could include:
Can I Afford It?
The reforms ensure that anyone who needs financial assistance will receive it. An Aged Care Assessment Team will determine funding based on the level of assistance you require. There are four levels of assistance to support seniors with basic, low, intermediate and high care needs. There are also supplements for dementia sufferers and veterans with mental health conditions.
In the past, those receiving funding could only use “approved providers”. Under CDC programs, increasing numbers of private providers will be covered, allowing seniors to compare services.
How Will CDC Programs Improve Independence?
A major focus of non-medical home care will be goal setting and regaining competencies. After a hospital stay, for example, you may choose to reduce the level of assistance provided as your ability to do particular tasks improves.
For your well-being and peace of mind, explore your range of options for non-medical home care today.
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