The introduction of Aged Care Reform has resulted in significant changes to how aged care services are delivered. One of these services is a Home Care Package – a co-ordinated package of services tailored to meet each consumer’s specific needs. A Home Care Package can help people to live at home as long as possible and give choice and flexibility in the way care and support is determined. Since August 2013, all new aged care packages, now known as Home Care Packages have been delivered as Consumer Directed Care (CDC) packages. From July 1st 2015 all new and existing packages need to be delivered as Consumer Directed Care (CDC).
To assist current and potential consumers, their family and advocates understand these changes and to make the most of their home care package, the COTAs are delivering a peer education program on Consumer Directed Care, which is available nationally. Peer educators are trained and supported by COTA and can speak to community groups, or groups of future or current consumers of home care services who may be transitioning to Consumer Directed Care (CDC).
The peer education sessions aim to increase the skills and knowledge of consumers to maintain control of their own life by making the most of Consumer Directed Care (CDC). Ideally, consumers will be active partners in their own health care and support needs through working with their service provider to achieve their support goals.
Sessions are provided free and will run for about an hour and be supported by resources developed specifically for this purpose by homecaretoday.
Contact COTA NT to find out when the next “Controlling My Own Life: Making the Most of CDC” session is scheduled – phone 8941 1004 for more information.
Download a copy of the CDC Brochure
This project is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services.