home care guidelines

The landscape for aged care in Australia has changed dramatically in the last three years. New government policies mean that seniors and their caregivers have options based around the Consumer Directed Care (CDC) approach. In the past, seniors may have been dissatisfied with the government-approved care they were allocated. This meant that many caregivers had to undertake the role full-time. The new home care guidelines mean that seniors can select their own providers and services they require, leaving caregivers free to make other life choices.

Look After Yourself

Caring for an aging loved one can be physically and emotionally challenging. If you continue in this role for an extended period of time, make sure that you access appropriate support to maintain your health and mental well-being. This could include counselling, community assistance or respite care.

Home Care Packages

Caregivers often find themselves thrust into the role after a loved one deteriorates. The home care guidelines under the CDC approach are good news for caregivers. The government recognises that many seniors wish to remain in their own homes, but may need assistance to do so. They are also acutely aware that this burden of care often falls on volunteers and family members.

The new Home Care Packages can offer tailor-made support services to seniors after an assessment. From meal preparation to gardening assistance, professional caretakers can help your loved one whilst ensuring that he or she retains independence.

Giving Caregivers A Break

If you wish to take an extended holiday, re-enter the workforce or spend quality time with other family members, it is important that you review the new home care guidelines. Subject to eligibility, you and your loved one can negotiate to receive the most appropriate care from a provider. Take time to investigate your options today.

Image credit: "Care in the home" (cropped) by British Red Cross. (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)




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