Seniors get own budget
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.