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Package wait times not good enough! What to do while you’re waiting

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Waiting more than a year for a higher level Home Care Package is simply not good enough. The latest government report reveals that more than 108,000 people are waiting for their required level of care and almost 33,000 people with high needs have not been assigned any subsidised care! So what do you do while you’re waiting?

Speak to your local Member of Parliament

Your local federal Member of Parliament can help shape the policy to support Australians to remain living at home as they age. The government has taken an important step in combining the funding for Home Care and Aged Care Homes – which was previously separate – and now they need to free up these funds and create more Packages for consumers to access.

Search here to find your local federal member of parliament. Send them an email, write them a letter or simply call their offices and ask them what they are doing to support older Australians to remain living at home.

 

The demand for Home Care Packages shows that Australians want to stay at home but they need some help. Waiting for over a year for support is unacceptable. The health and wellbeing of older Australians needs to be a priority.

 

Access entry level care through the Commonwealth Home Support Program

It’s quicker to access entry-level support through the Commonwealth Home Support Program. The Commonwealth Home Support Program still requires consumers to register with the government gateway My Aged Care and have their needs assessed. Just remember it’s an entry-level program and so only provides limited support for selected services based on the provider. You don’t control how the money is spent nor do you see how much you can access. You will need to pay for the support but it is heavily subsidised.

 Speak to your GP about other forms of support

Your GP can help connect you with other forms of support to help you remain at home. Depending on your health needs your GP may be able to:

  • arrange a Care Plan so you can access 5 free visits to an allied health professional
  • request half-price taxis
  • connect you with Community supports and volunteer organisations in your area.

Pay for your own home care to stay living at home

This is a bit of a hard one for many of us to get our head around, however, paying for your own care while you’re at home is an investment in your future health. It makes sense that the more care you get at home the longer you will remain healthy and safe and can perhaps even avoid having to go into an Aged Care Home. If you want to understand more about funding your own care give CareAbout a call.

The demand for Home Care Packages shows that Australians want to stay at home but they need some help. Waiting for over a year for support is unacceptable. The health and wellbeing of older Australians needs to be a priority.

If you’re just starting out and want some more information about Home Care Packages or you have a Home Care Package and you’re unhappy with your provider CareAbout can help.

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