Se­niors get own bud­get

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

A NEW way for se­niors to ac­cess ser­vices will give them greater choice and con­trol of the help they re­ceive, ac­cord­ing to a com­mu­nity care provider.

The fed­er­ally funded Con­sumer Di­rected Care (CDC) scheme, which kicked in on July 1, pro­vides se­niors with a bud­get.

Se­niors are free to use those funds as they wish, pick­ing how the help they need is de­liv­ered.

Amana Liv­ing, which op­er­ates Hale House in Mos­man Park and Shen­ton Park, has been part of a CDC trial for three years.

Home care and hous­ing gen­eral man­ager Maria Dav­i­son said se­niors en­joyed hav­ing choices.

“It’s been de­signed so older peo­ple are more in­volved in the de­liv­ery of their care and also gives providers greater flex­i­bil­ity in how they sup­port their clients,” she said.

“Peo­ple don’t al­ways like to ad­mit they need sup­port and of­ten leave it to the last mo­ment to reach out.

“How­ever it’s worth look­ing into now, even if it’s just help with clean­ing or gar­den­ing.”

Ms Dav­i­son said funds not spent ac­cu­mu­late un­der CDC, mean­ing se­niors could ac­cess funds in the fu­ture.

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