6. Consumers’ 9 New Rights Under Consumer Directed Care (CDC)
Consumer Directed Care (CDC) reforms began in the in home aged care industry on 1 July 2015 and became fully operational on 27 February 2017, and have given elderly Australians 9 really powerful new rights.
In our clients’ experience, Consumers have to be very knowledgeable of their rights and assertive to insist on their rights to actually receive true Consumer Directed Care (CDC) because many Old School Approved Providers are still delivering “Provider Directed Care”, not Consumer Directed Care.
Here are your 9 New Rights:
Elders have 9 NEW RIGHTS under Consumer Directed Care being the right to:
1. Choose your Approved Provider
2. Choose the type of care you need
3. Choose when you have your care
4. Choose who supplies the care
5. Approved Providers have to operate with financial transparency and accountability
6. Choose the level of management of your Home Care Package that you want to exercise
7. Receive care focused on your goals
8. Receive care focused on your wellness and re-enablement
9. Be treated as an equal partner with no retribution
1) From 27 February 2017, you have the right to choose WHICH Approved Provider will receive and manage your Government Funded Home Care Package.
You now have greater control over how your Government Funding is spent, subject to the Government’s Home Care Package Guidelines.
It’s your money, not the Approved Provider’s money.
If you feel that your Current Approved Provider is not giving you good service or good value… then do your research and transfer your Government funding to an Approved Provider who does… like Daughterly Care Community Services.
Due to our 4 specialisations Daughterly Care Community Services provides exceptional service and value for 4 groups of elders:
1. private paying, self-funded elders;
2. with high care needs i.e. Level 3 or 4 ACAT Approved Assessments;
3. living with a form of cognitive impairment or dementia; or
Don’t take our word that we provide exceptional care, look at what our clients anonymously stated in our 2017 client survey.
2) To choose what TYPE of care you need.
Most seniors just need a little bit of assistance to start with and so only being offered care by the hour is fine. However, your aged care needs can increase… and decrease, over time so you need a Home Care Provider who provides a complete range of in home care services such as Registered Nurses, overnight care, 24 hour care, Live in Care and Palliative care to avoid unnecessary hospitalisations and premature nursing home placement. And you’ll want a Home Care Approved Provider who is flexible and focuses on what’s important to you. An organisation who LISTENS to you and understands you.
As your care needs increase and you reach that “tipping point” where you need around the clock care, you’ll want a Home Care Approved Provider who provides overnight care, 24 hour care or Live in Care when you need it, such as Daughterly Care Community Services so you don’t have to go to a nursing home.
3) To choose WHEN you need your care
For example, what day, what time? No longer do you need to accept services at times that don’t suit you. No longer do you need to wait all day for help to shower.
4) To choose WHO supplies your care.
Now you can choose a premium private care Home Care Approved Provider such as Daughterly Care and if your Current Old School Approved Provider makes this difficult by saying we are not on their “Preferred Panel” or charges unfair additional, often secret fees such as 20% pa Third Party Processing Fees – you can just transfer your Government funded Home Care Package to Daughterly Care Community Services as we are a new breed of Consumer Directed Care Approved Provider and we don’t charge any fees on Unspent Funds that transfer from your last Approved Provider.
5) To have financial transparency and accountability via a proposed budget and monthly statements sent to you. This new right is a GAME CHANGER.
In the past ‘care recipients’ of Government Subsidised In Home Care Package didn’t know:
1. how much the Government was paying for their care; or
2. what the Approved provider was charging; nor
3. what their Unspent Funds use so The Productivity Commission recommended these reforms.
The new transparency comes via:
1. the Proposed Budget and
2. the Monthly Home Care Package Statements which shines a spotlight on how your money is being spent so you can check you are receiving sufficient value and negotiate better outcomes.
If you feel that you are not receiving value, you have the right to negotiate better value or just transfer your Government Funded Home Care Package to an Approved Provider like Daughterly Care Community Services who offers quality Caregivers and Live in Carers.
And all this disclosed financial information means you can ask your Case Manager … “How can I get better value? How can I get more hours of care to maximise my Mum’s / Dad’s chance of staying at home for life?”
Consumers with high care needs, i.e. receiving Level 3 and Level 4 Home Care Packages who don’t want to go into a nursing home have the greatest need to reduce fees to a fair level and at the same time increase the quality of their in home Caregivers or Live in Carers as this will improve your chances of staying at home for life.
6) The right to choose what level of management the consumer (or their representative, Enduring Guardian or family) would like.
TIP: If you are one of the many consumers, who wasn’t asked how involved you wanted to be in the management of your Home Care Package then re-contact your Approved Provider and ask to discuss this. Here is a PDF from the Government Guidelines stating you must be asked how involved you want to be. We have negotiated reductions and refunds of Case Management Fees where Approved Providers failed to ask this question, because it is a breach of the guidelines.
7) The right for care to focus on your goals.
The Consumer Directed Care Home Care Package guidelines made it compulsory to ask elders what’s important to you? What goal are you wanting to achieve with your Government funded care? This is documented in your Care Plan.
8) The right to focus on wellness.
In home care isn’t just about doing tasks for elderly Australians, it’s about re-enabling elders after a health crisis and supporting them back to their previous good health. It’s also about enabling elders to be healthier and happier. Dr Maria Montessori, Italy’s first female doctor famously said, “what we do for people we steal from them.” So when we talk to you about the goals for your care… one of our questions will be “how can we work together to improve your wellness?”
9) Equal Partners. No retribution.
Many elders and their families are afraid to speak up for their rights when receiving Government Funded Home Care Package services. You don’t have to be afraid, you cannot be discriminated against just because you stand up for your rights and for what is rightfully yours. From 27th February 2017, it’s your money (not the Approved Provider’s money) it’s your care, to live your life, your way and you control how the money is spent, subject to the Home Care Package Program Guidelines now. All power to you!