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The 'unmentionables' to mention in your NDIS Planning!

Posted by Linda Summerton on Oct 30, 2018 3:26:24 PM

 

Are you all set for your NDIS plan meeting?

These are now underway here on the Sunshine Coast, so this is just a last minute - but critical reminder to remember the little things in your plan, those things that most people don't want to talk about.
By little I'm talking about the things that you may have overlooked but can add up to a significant amount in your NDIS plan. Have you given enough thought to some items that you currently access through MASS - (Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme) but once you have your NDIS plan will be paid for out of your budget?

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Topics: #ndisready, #ndisplanner, #medicalaidssubsidyscheme, #budget, #sunshinecoast, #incontinence, #medicalaids, #mass

Home Care Funding - Will it be enough ?

Posted by Linda Summerton on Oct 11, 2018 3:02:53 PM

Currently, the government provides two tiers of service to assist people in staying in their own home –

the Community Home Support Program 
and the four levels of Home Care Packages.

The goal is that this support will enable people to remain living in their own home – rather than having to enter an Aged Care Facility / Nursing Home. 

While this sounds great – the reality is proving to be less than ideal for those with a burning desire to
stay in their own home. There are some current issues that can – and do – result in people having to enter a facility despite their best efforts to stay in their home.

The waiting game

  • someone may choose to wait as long as possible before entering the system, and by the time they reach out for help – there is then a further wait to be assessed for support and to have a Home Care Package allocated. It’s not as simple as calling up the My Aged Care team and having someone on your doorstep within the week – or in fact in some cases within weeks or months. Even once assessed you will most likely then be placed in the ‘queue’ and allocated a package when one becomes available.

THE SEARCH 

  • Once a Home Care Package is available you then need to do the ‘leg work’ to find your provider. This means comparing services on "https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/my aged care" website – and numerous phone calls/internet searches to locate the right provider for you, and then the process of signing up with your provider before your care gets started.

The cost 

  • The cost – support comes at a cost, and this comes as a shock to some people while the care is heavily subsidised everybody pays a contribution towards their care - it is still going to hurt the hip pocket, particularly for those with above average income and assets.

? is it enough – a level 4 package

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Topics: #myagedcare, #budget, #homecareproviders, #assistance

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