The ACAR for home care packages will be abolished with funding to be allocated directly to consumers rather than providers from February 2017, the government announced in Tuesday’s Budget, paving the way for a significant shake-up of the home care sector.
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FRONTLINE: Having suffered profound discrimination in their youth, many LGBTI seniors are fearful of mainstream care services. Here, home care organisations share their strategies for successfully adopting inclusive practices.
Isolation has major mental health and physical impacts on older people, yet limited funding and a prioritising of the physical needs of community care clients act as significant barriers to addressing the social wellbeing of individuals.
MANAGEMENT: If frontline care staff are not looking for opportunities to inform clients of products and services that will improve health and wellbeing then they are not providing the consumer experience many clients seek.
YOU & I: Over the past few years, Ollie has become much more than just a carer to Richard, who lives with obsessive compulsive disorder and compulsive hoarding.
LEGAL: With the impending growth in home-based palliative care, it is essential that community care organisations have advanced care planning processes in place that are consistent with the law, writes Julie McStay.
FINANCE: Consumer directed care will challenge providers in a whole host of ways, from how they engage and interact with clients to how they cost and put a value on their services, writes Michael Roberts.
RESOURCES: A training package for home care providers to get on top of CDC is available as part of a research project that focused on the application of CDC in indigenous, rural and remote and CALD communities.
MANAGEMENT: A brokerage model maximises flexibility in home care services delivery and closely aligns with a philosophy of consumer directed care, says a home care provider.
NEWS: Aged & Community Services Australia is pushing for industry support to redesign enterprise bargaining agreements in response to the rollout of consumer directed care.
NEWS: Mitch Fifield has made his strongest statements in support of a consolidated home support and home care package program as the “next logical step”.
NEWS: Several key documents outlining the emerging shape of the new umbrella program were released on Monday night, while the department provided an update to the sector on Tuesday.
NEWS: A quarter of home care providers are yet to consider changing their services and systems to a CDC approach four months out from the required transition, DSS has told a sector briefing.
Consumer directed aged and disability service provision could inhibit the creation of inclusive communities unless there is multi-sector engagement to find market mechanisms to ensure otherwise.