Recent government reforms, in particular consumer directed care (CDC) of home care packages, are designed to allow ageing Australians to continue living independently in their own homes and communities, with choice and dignity, for as long as possible. By giving consumers individualised funding and the right to make choices, the Government also hopes the market will respond with better value and more innovative options
It is possible for consumers to negotiate with a home care provider to enable them to self-manage their home care package. By self-managing consumers are able to get significantly more hours, in some cases double the hours from the same funding, while being able to choose and self-schedule independent care and support workers based on their preferences. Consumers are able to build a team of support that allows the consumer to age actively and remain engaged in their community and their life long interests.
A number of platforms enable consumers to directly select their support workers according to their individual needs and preferences. Or they may know people in their community or network they’d like to involve in their care. An example of such a platform is www.bettercaring.com.au. To find out how Better Caring works visit their website.