Meal delivery services available within Home Care Packages
CHANGES to the Australian government's Home Care Package program mean that recipients now have more choice and flexibility as to how their care is delivered, including access to approved meal delivery services.
Under new legislation effective from February 27, recipients of Home Care Packages have more choice and flexibility as to how their care is delivered.
The Home Care Package program is designed to support an older person who needs co-ordinated services to live independently at home, as well as people with disabilities, dementia and other special care needs.
With nutritional meals forming an important part of living a healthy and independent lifestyle at home, an option within Home Care Packages is the ability to allocate funds to meal delivery services.
Under this option, the approved meal delivery provider delivers a fully prepared meal to the client (who meets the eligibility criteria in regard to assistance with nutrition).
Tender Loving Cuisine is an approved meal supplier for Home Care Packages (both CDC and NDIS) and is an ideal solution for clients who would benefit from nutritious and home style cooked meals to maintain their independent lifestyle.
Jack Barker, CEO Tender Loving Cuisine said, "we are seeing an increasing number of CDC and NDIS package recipients requesting their Care Providers to organise health accredited, home delivered meals as part of their package".
There is often confusion regarding home delivered meals being available within a package, as 'food' is technically not covered. Food purchased as part of normal grocery shopping cannot be claimed under the package however in regards to delivered meals, preparation and delivery cost can be claimed.
"We are also seeing an increasing number of Care Providers who provide in home meal preparation services for their clients with specific dietary requirements or food intolerances seeking options to reduce potential risk", said Jack Barker. Often a home support worker may be underqualified to perform this type of specialist meal preparation.
For recipients who may require heart friendly, gluten free, dairy free, low salt or diabetes friendly meal selections, an outsourced meal delivery service that offers a wide range of nutritionally balanced meals is the ideal solution.
If a Home Care Package recipient has any questions on the inclusion of food in their CDC or NDIS package, they should raise it with their Care Provider who can contact Tender Loving Cuisine for more information.