1 July marks the implementation of a new set of Aged Care Quality Standards which define the standard of care and services the community can expect from organisations. These standards will apply to all aged care services and will be assessed by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC).
Consumer directed care
Age care in Australia is constantly evolving as the Government pushes towards a system that is easier to use and supportive of people’s desire to remain living independently in the community.
Reflecting on the value of pastoral care in supporting people’s ageing journey is essential as the role of religion in Australian society continues to be debated.
In the latest 6PR show, which took place on Monday 12th June, the Amana Living experts were Leonie Demunck & Greg Massam. The segment focused on home care services including Short-term Restorative Care, Flexible Respite and the VIP package.
Rebecca one of our Home Care Coordinators was also called up to see what she had been working on that morning.
New Package Launched To Fill Home Care Gap
Older people waiting for a Commonwealth Government home care package can now access new support, thanks to Amana Living.
Currently older people can experience a delay of a few months between an ACAT assessment and the Commonwealth Government allocating a home care package. This can leave people without much needed support.
Amana Living’s Value Interim Package provides five hours of home care per week for services such as personal care, domestic assistance and meal preparation.
Amana Living’s CEO Stephanie Buckland has written for Inside Ageing about these changes and asks whether the sector is truly on its way to becoming a consumer driven industry.
The introduction of consumer-directed care has enabled Amana Living to offer some brand new services. Maria Davison (General Manager Home Care and Housing) introduces the roll-out.
You can purchase in-home services on a full fee-for-service basis. Depending on your needs and preferences, you may be eligible for a Government subsidy. The following information is also available in the Home Care section of our website.
Subsidised services fall into two categories: Home and Community Care and Packaged Care. Once you know what you are eligible for, or if you simply want to purchase services without applying for Government support, get in touch with us.
Home care isn't just about having services delivered to your doorstep. The package we put together for you will depend on what you think will make your life better, more enriched, more independent.
This photo was taken on an outing with our Kites social program. Groups of people are matched for their interests and preferences. Then we organise trips and support them with any needs or requests they may have during the outing.
Are you considering, or receiving, home care services? If so, from 1 July, you have easier access to a wider range of services, and greater control over your budget.
Maria Davison (GM Home Care and Housing) explains the new consumer-focused approach to home care.
What is consumer directed care?
‘Consumer directed care’ (CDC)
is a Commonwealth Government initiative to change the way home care services are delivered in order to increase choice, control and access. Amana Living has been a trial provider for CDC since 2012.