Jacqui Bowden, newly appointed Living Choice Home Care Manager SA, hosted four information sessions for residents at Living Choice Fullarton and Living Choice Woodcroft in February and March.
The information sessions were well-attended and provided a valuable overview of the aged care system in Australia and the range of services available to support older people’s wellbeing and independence, including Home Care Packages.
Jacqui explained that Living Choice was successful in obtaining “Approved Provider” status with the Commonwealth Government and Living Choice Home Care was born. As an Approved Provider, Living Choice Home Care is required to comply with the Aged Care Legislation and provide services in line with the Aged Care Quality Standards.
She also advised residents how to apply for a Home Care Package through My Aged Care – www.myagedcare.gov.au or phone 1800 200 422. “If approved to receive a Home Care Package, the Department of Health will advise you of `assignment’ and you can then call Living Choice Home Care for an assessment with a Case Manager.”
Jacqui said there were four levels of Home Care Packages, ranging from Level 1 ($8,270.90 per annum) to Level 4 ($50,286.05 per annum). Because Living Choice Home Care charges a low basic daily fee (50% less than required by My Aged Care) and a competitive hourly rate, it is possible to offer residents more hours per week than other providers. There is also no contract termination fee.
If residents are not eligible for a Home Care Package, they can opt to receive home care on a user-pays system at a low rate of $35 per hour for a minimum of one hour between 8am and 8pm. “This enables residents to be assisted with their care needs while not having to go through My Aged Care”, said Jacqui.
Jacqui is highly qualified, having worked in the care industry for the past 12 years. You can read more about Jacqui here.