Changes to Home Care in February 2017
Home Instead are readily anticipating the next instalment of government reform to our aged care system, changes that will allow seniors to receive home care services from a provider of their choice.
Committed to increasing aged care choices, the Australian Government continue to roll out systematic changes to our aged care system, a process that has been underway since 2012.
From 27 February 2017, if you have a Home Care Package, you can choose your home care provider. What’s more, your Home Care Package will move with you, making it easier to change from your existing provider to a provider of choice. You will also be provided with an individual budget, detailing your government subsidy and your service provider’s fees and charges giving you complete transparency of how your Home Care Package is being spent.
These changes are nothing short of significant. Never have you had this level of choice, flexibility and control in the way you receive home care services, and how those services are delivered.
Come February 2017, if you are eligible for government subsidised home care you can choose:
- What type of services you receive
- When your services are delivered e.g. day and time
- Where your services are provided
- How your government subsidy is being spent; and
- Who delivers your services.
Irrespective of whether you receive a government subsidy, are self-funded seeking private fee-for-service care or a combination of both, you can choose the premium quality care services of Home Instead.
The Department of Health will be sending letters in November 2016 to existing home care package recipients and new clients outlining the changes and what it means for you.
More information about the changes and your choices is available on the Department of Health website.