Learn about your home care options at free forum
A year since the government introduced changes to the aged care system the majority of seniors are still in the dark about how they can manage their own aged care at home.
But a free community information session on Friday, November 25, at the Sporties Tuncurry Club in Tuncurry aims to educate locals about their in-home care options.
The Age well at home forum, to be hosted by in-home care services operator integratedliving Australia will explain in detail the options available to people and the best way to access them.
Integratedliving CEO Catherine Daley said the aim of the free information session was to help people understand and navigate the new system and get more assistance.
"The feedback we are receiving from people in the community is that they still don't understand how the system works and what is available in regards to support," she said.
"We regularly get asked things like 'what kind of help can I get?'; 'what's the first steps' and 'what happens if I already have support in place but need more?'
"We want to ensure seniors understand the new programs so they can make more informed decisions regarding their care options, especially at home options," she said.
"The aged care system continues to move through a period of reform and change and we know keeping up with the changes can be hard, which is why we have initiated the information session".
The forum will cover Home Care Packages, what the different levels are and how people can access them; an explanation of My Aged Care; an overview of integratedliving Local Connect Centre; and an overview of what new services are on offer in the region.
"The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) is now a more responsive and flexible program of support and is especially tailored to help more people maintain an independent lifestyle for longer," Ms Daley said.
"The number of people in aged care is predicted to treble by 2020, so the more people we can educate and help stay at home longer the better.
"Those in the community only requiring a low level of assistance will be directed through the CHSP (formerly HACC) and for those who require a higher level of care the Home Care Packages might be more appropriate as it has four levels ranging from basic to high."
Ms Daley said representatives from the integratedliving Local Connect Centre would be on hand at the information session to answer all questions from participants.
The free consumer information seminar will be held from 1-3pm on Friday, November 25, at the Sporties Tuncurry Club, 65 Beach Street, Tuncurry.
Complimentary afternoon tea will also be provided. To reserve a spot at the Age well at Home presentation phone 1300 782 896.