Anglican Care: Healthy Life Better Ageing Reforms

Currently over 1 million people in Australia receive aged care services. By 2050 this number is expected to rise to more than 3.5 million older people.

The introduction of the Healthy Life Better Ageing Reforms by the Federal Government aims to ensure the best outcomes for older people and for the organisations that provide aged care services, both now and into the future.

As part of the Reforms, there will be significant changes to the way that care and services are provided to older people living in the community.

On July 1, the transition to the new Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) will begin. The CHSP provides entry level services to help older people stay independent and in their homes and communities for longer and will have an increased focus on a restorative approach, including wellness and re-enablement.

The CHSP brings together four current programs:

  • Commonwealth Home and Community Care (HACC) Program
  • Planned respite from the National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP)
  • Day Therapy Centres (DTC) Program
  • Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged (ACHA) Program

The other important change being introduced from July 1 2015, is that home care packages will be delivered using a Consumer Directed Care (CDC) approach. CDC puts consumers in the driver’s seat in terms of making choices about the types of care and services that they wish to access. Staff will work in partnership with consumers to support them to identify goals that are important and meaningful to them and to arrange relevant care and services to assist in meeting their goals.

CDC puts control of your future home care and lifestyle plans firmly into your hands.

For consumers not already receiving any home care packages, eligibility is decided by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT).

An ACAT assessment will focus on your physical and mental health as well as your future lifestyle wishes such as what you would like help with around your home, what’s important to you about the way you live now and wish to live into the future. Then there will be a determination about the level of support you can receive, what the government will pay and what you will need to pay if you can afford to do so.

The ACAT team will refer you to home care service providers in your local area and upon your choice, the home care service provider will assign an advisor or case manager who will work with you to help you get the support you need, the way you need it. They’ll help you put together a “care plan” to best suit your goals, needs and preferences based on the best possible options for you. It’s all about flexibility and choice for the consumer – consumer directed care!

CDC goes some way to providing peace of mind for families, especially in the event where circumstances can rapidly change. It will ensure that people who wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible, have the services and support, to do so.

As one of the most respected and highly recognised providers of aged care services in the Hunter, Central Coast and Manning Regions, Anglican Care is well placed to roll out these initiatives to our communities and we welcome the opportunity to discuss your options with you.

By Colin Osborne
Chief Executive Officer, Anglican Care