Home Instead helps keep Seniors in their own home.
Home Instead helps keep Seniors in their own home. David Radler

Explained: Changes to home care services from February

SENIORS and their families can readily anticipate the next instalment of government reform to the aged care system - changes that will allow seniors to receive home care services from a provider of their choice.

From February 27, if you have a Home Care Package, you can choose your home care provider.

What's more, your Home Care Package will move with you, making it easier to change from your existing provider to a provider of choice.

You will also be provided with an individual budget, detailing your government subsidy and your service provider's fees and charges, giving you complete transparency of how your Home Care Package is being spent.

Come February 2017, if you are eligible for government subsidised home care you can choose:

- What type of services you receive.

- When your services are delivered e.g. day and time.

- Where your services are provided.

- How your government subsidy is being spent.

- Who delivers your services.

Central Coast service provider Home Instead Senior Care said that the Department of Health had sent letters to existing home care package recipients and new clients, outlining the changes and what it will mean for you.

If you have currently been assessed for the receipt of a home care package levels 1, 2, 3 or 4 and you have not engaged it yet, it would be a good idea to do this, otherwise you will be placed on a national waiting list from February 27.

Home Instead Senior Care are currently assisting a number of seniors to put their packages in place before the changes next year.

More information about the changes and your choices is available on the Department of Health website: www.agedcare.health.gov.au/increasing-choice-in-home-care


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