It’s great news, on two fronts for Elders who want a better alternative to a Nursing Home and who already receive Government funded in Home Care Packages.
Thanks to the major national reform called Consumer Directed Care…
- Firstly, from 1 July 2015, the 59,000 Elders currently receiving a Government in Home Care subsidy have complete say over what type of care they receive, who provides the care and when the care is provided. The Productivity Commission recommended Consumer Directed Care (CDC) be introduced so consumers could have more say over their life in later years. Consumer Directed Care gives Elders (or / and their representative) 9 NEW RIGHTS and when exercised, results in more appropriate care for Elders.
- Secondly, funding for the Government subsidised Home Care Packages has increased as of 1 July 2015. You can see the new amounts for the 4 specific levels in the table below.
New Government subsidises for in Home Care from 1 July 2015.
1. If you are in receipt of Government funding for in Home Care, your funding will automatically increase and you will see that on your July 2015 Consumer Directed Care monthly statement. Transparency and accountability are the new requirements of the Consumer Directed Care reforms.
2. If you are NOT receiving Government funding to subsidise the cost of your in Home care and your wish is to remain at home for life (i.e. not go into a Nursing Home) NOW is the time to apply for an assessment from My Aged Care (MAC).
There is no Assets Test for Government Subsidised in Home Care, whereas nursing home fees are both income and asset tested.
To read more about how Consumer Directed Care works click here.
Typically it can take up to 2 years to receive a level 3 or 4 Home Care Package. However, by understanding the true spirit of the reforms and armed with negotiation strategies, four Daughterly Care clients who asked me for guidance and coaching advice, secured funding well under the 2 year norm. Two clients only had to wait one week and the others a few months.
Unfortunately, not all your Consumer Directed Care Government funding is spent on in Home Care.
The Approved Provider has to keep part of the package to pay for their business expenses and profit.
After checking a number of Consumer Directed Care monthly statements and budgets (a FREE service) I have found Approved Providers keep between 15% and 49% per annum of the Government funding plus Consumer Contributions before they spend money on direct care for the Elder.
Through my FREE Home Care Package Statement Checker Service, I identify high fees and advise negotiation strategies to lower fees. In return, Elders will be able to receive more care hours with their Home Care Package.
Why do I offer this FREE Home Care Package Statement Checker Service?
Because I enjoy helping Elders receive fair value;
Because my colleagues says, “Kate, it feeds your soul”;
Because I don’t like Elders being taken advantage of; and
Because I know how adult children struggle (particularly the sandwich generation) helping their children and grandchildren, plus caring for their parents so they need all the help they can get.
Apart from ‘feeding my soul’ I am learning a lot about:
- ‘market prices’ being charged;
- common overcharging mistakes being made;
- the standard of service being delivered;
- the policies, tactics and misquoting of the Government Guidelines being employed to justify overcharging Elders;
- the Approved Providers to avoid; and
- the Approved Providers who are brilliant and whose waiting list you should definitely be on!!!
All of this knowledge enables me to further help Daughterly Care clients and the greater Elderly community.
For single clients who have received a level 3 Government funded in Home Care Package, I have been able to negotiate 6 hours a week of care (not even one hour a day) into 1 shift of 24 hours of Live in care.
For single clients in receipt of a level 4 Government funded in Home Care Package, I have been able to negotiate 9 hours a week of care into 2 days x 24 hours of Live in Care.
For a loving couple in receipt of 2 x level 4 Government subsidised in Home Care Packages, I have been able to negotiate 28 hours a week of care into 4 days x 24 hours of Live in Care. That’s four days of Live in Care paid by the Government every week, and you only have to fund 3 days of Live in Care yourself… Why would you go into a Nursing Home when you have that option?!