Seniors the winners from home care reforms
SENIORS are the winners with new home care reforms. Government changes to home care packages means consumers now choose their provider of choice.
As of February 27, seniors of the Central Coast will have significantly more choice about the care they receive at home and who delivers it through changes to government subsidised home care packages.
Rather than allocating funding to registered home care providers, home care packages offering services to keep older people living independently in their own home (such as personal care, domestic assistance and social support) will be assigned directly to individuals who can then choose the provider they feel best meets their needs.
Allocating funding directly to an individual means they are now free to 'shop around' to determine who they would like to deliver their services, not simply a provider who has a package available. It also frees consumers who are not happy with their current provider to be able to change providers easily.
This is good news for the 2,000 residents aged 65 years and over on the Central Coast who already receive services under a home care package, and the growing number of residents who may be eligible in the future.
Leading local home care provider, Sue Mann Nursing & Community Care managing director Andrew Mann says the changes are a great outcome for seniors of the Central Coast.
"Independence, choice and control are all very important for people as they age and working through the options for care is a big decision. Providing consumers and their families with choice means they are in control of choosing the provider that delivers services in their home."
The government changes are also good news for existing providers who have had waiting lists.
"We welcome the changes as the reforms enable us to offer our services to an even greater number of older people. We have had waiting lists for all our package levels on the Central Coast, so we are very happy we can now provide our high-quality service to those residents who have been waiting to be serviced by us".
Sue Mann Nursing & Community Care is the leading home care provider on the Central Coast having provided quality care to seniors all over the Coast for over 30 years. With a qualified and experienced car team that you can trust, Sue Mann's offers personalised care by people who care, supporting people to live independently at home for as long as possible.
If you're considering home care or would like more information about home care packages, the first step is to contact myagedcare, either via the website at www.myagedcare.com.au or call 1800200422.
Sue Mann Nursing & Community Care; 1300241300; www.suemann.com.au