Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CLASSIFIEDS - Cas­san­dra Briedis For de­tails: 1300 100 788 or home­car­

THOU­SANDS of se­niors in need of home care will soon be given greater con­trol over their health and well­be­ing.

From July 1, re­cip­i­ents can choose their own packages un­der a new gov­ern­ment pro­gram called Con­sumer Di­rected Care.

Af­ter recog­nis­ing the de­mand for a bet­ter stan­dard of care ser­vices, Jon Kon­to­pos founded Home Car­ing, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that caters for peo­ple suf­fer­ing de­men­tia.

“We can go all the way up to ex­tremely high care for de­men­tia pa­tients at their home and that’s a ben­e­fit be­cause peo­ple don’t want to have to move into a nurs­ing home,” he said.

The re­vised scheme is de­signed to help older peo­ple re­main in their com­mu­nity for longer and choose the type of care and ser­vices they re­ceive and by whom.

“The whole point is giv­ing peo­ple the op­tion to live at home for longer,” Mr Kon­to­pos said.

“We try and en­cour­age in­de­pen­dence be­cause peo­ple can go down quickly if you do ev­ery­thing for them and it’s not re­ally ac­tive living.”

Se­nior manager of Home Car­ing, Christine Cherry, said that de­men­tia was a com­plex dis­ease and that ev­ery client had dif­fer­ent needs.

“We can’t give you med­i­cal ad­vice, but we’re there to help in ev­ery other way,” she said.

From house­keep­ing to food prepa­ra­tion and mo­bil­ity as­sis­tance, Ms Cherry tai­lors a care plan based on a per­son’s in­di­vid­ual re­quire­ments.

“The care plan is to be re­vised ev­ery six months,” she said.

“Any time dur­ing that the fam­ily can call and ask to re­vise it.”

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