Aged people have the right to get the best aged care services, but not all families can afford aged care facilities. In light of this, families can lean on to other alternatives such as private home care packages. Regardless of this diversity and availability, a sentimental and financial concern on family members is still making a dent in child-and-aged-parent relationships.
In this article, private home care packages and the issues that surround them will be explored.
What are private home care packages?
Private home care packages are bundles of professional nursing services provided by the government to eligible individuals. Candidates are mostly 65 years old and above, but a certain portion who are younger than this age, especially those who have disabilities, may also be considered as eligible for assistance.
These home care packages are the government’s helping hand to those who can’t afford nursing homes by authorities such as the Commonwealth Department of Social Services. The home care packages, which may be in the form of respite care, hospice care, or disability care are directly provided and overseen by government-approved aged care agencies to aged people in every state. Click here Aarcare
The Government’s Responsibility
Besides the commonwealth, state and federal authorities are also accountable in providing care and assistance to the aging sector of Australia. In a published online document in 2003 by the Parliament of Australia entitled “’Caring for the Elderly’ – an Overview of Aged Care Support and Services in Australia”, their responsibilities were indicated, but a few issues that prompted the aged care assistance agenda were also discussed, such as affordability and accessibility to nursing homes.
Affordability and Accessibility Issues
The issues that were discussed on that published document in 2003 are still relevant to the aged care sector’s issues today. Despite the home care package solution, a huge number of families are still struggling with the financial burden of taking care of an aged family member.
To be exact, it was stated in the 2003 document that aged people must be kept out of nursing homes for as long as possible for cost-efficiency reasons, not to mention the aged residents themselves collectively do not want to settle down in nursing homes earlier than the usual.
Meanwhile, in the recent years, hesitation in going to nursing homes are still the primary driver to why aged people and their families prefer home care packages. On the other hand, there was also an issue in 2015 about some providers who tell their aged clients that the funds provided by the government are not enough to sustain the services that they received. Couple this with the complexities of applying for eligibility for home care assistance and there you have it—a recipe for a huge, looming affordability and accessibility dilemmas.
Aged healthcare affordability and accessibility problems—how can the authorities answer to this?
The Good News
Before, only government-funded agencies can provide home care packages; fortunately, last February 27, 2017, the Australian Department of Health has recently opened more gates for those who really need home care but can’t afford it due to budget shortage or lack of requirements for eligibility. Now, aged people can directly receive funds from the government, unlike before where aged care agencies were the primary medium of funds allocation. Aged people now also have more freedom to choose their service provider.
Furthermore, this reform is a breath of fresh air, specifically to the carers of Dementia-diagnosed clients who have difficulties in finding home care packages that are tailored for their cognitive-related issues. Nonetheless, there are still government-funded agencies that provide affordable home care packages for Dementia patients, such as Arcare.
It’s a relief to know that the government has taken into consideration the plights of the aged sector. It’s not that hard to say that so far, this is the best aged care reform.