News & Media

28 September 2016

Aged care sector reforms to give older Australians more choice

Impending changes to Australia’s aged care system will help older Australians get more out of the support available to them to stay at home for longer.

Impending changes to Australia’s aged care system will help older Australians get more out of the support available to them to stay at home for longer.

From February 2017, the Federal Government will provide direct funding to eligible elderly Australians to help them stay at home for longer.

Currently the funding goes to aged care service providers, who in turn offer home care to eligible people.

“If you are eligible for Federal Government support through a Home Care Package, you will be able to pick and choose which organisations provide services to you,” said Michelle Possingham, Statewide Manager for Aged Care Services at Latrobe Community Health Service.

The services that can be provided in a Home Care Package include, but are not limited to:

  • nursing, allied health and other clinical services
  • support services – such as help with washing and ironing,house cleaning, gardening, basic home maintenance
  • personal care – such as help with showering or bathing, dressing and mobility.

Ms Possingham said people interested in learning more about Home Care Packages and the impending changes could contact Latrobe Community Health Service for advice.

“We have been delivering aged care services for many years. We’re happy to have a chat and answer any questions you may have.”

More information is available at www.myagedcare.gov.au or by calling the My Aged Care contact centre on 1800 200422.

For more information about aged care services at Latrobe Community Health Service, phone 1800 242 696.