Feros Care to bring greater independence to more seniors in NSW and QLD
More seniors living in NSW and QLD can now be part of a revolutionary care package scheme, thanks to the latest release of Federal Government funding for Consumer Directed Care (CDC) Packages.
The Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) has announced that Feros Care has secured new funding to offer CDC Packages to residents living in NSW (Mid North Coast and Far North Coast) and QLD (Logan, Caboolture and Sunshine Coast). Feros Care was part of the original two-year CDC trial and will be the first provider to bring CDC packages to the Logan area.
The CDC Packages have been designed to provide seniors with more control, increased flexibility and greater choice in how their government subsidy will be spent, with Feros Care providing transparent budget details.
Feros Care will provide all three levels of CDC Packages:
- CDC Low Packages – This level of care is similar to a Community Aged Care Package (CACP) in that it will provide care services to people living in the community who have low level care needs. It may cover services such as personal care, social support, transport to appointments, home help, meal preparation and gardening.
- CDC High Packages – This level of care is similar to the current Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) package in that it will cover high level care needs. It can provide services such as nursing, domestic assistance, in-home respite, personal care, transport to appointments and social support.
- CDC High Dementia Packages – This level is similar to an Extended Aged Care at Home – Dementia (EACHD) package and covers high level, complex care needs, including the behaviours and symptoms associated with dementia that affect their ability to live independently.
Acting CEO Gabriele Taylor said this is a wonderful opportunity to further explore the ways in which senior members of the community can remain independent and happy, in their own homes, for longer.
“The CDC Packages allow our senior citizens to actively choose, as much as they want to, the types of care services they need, and direct who, how and when they will be delivered in their home,” said Mrs Taylor.
“The packages are very innovative in that they allow the individual to work with Feros Care to determine what is most important to them; this can be anything from remaining part of the community through social activities to greater assistance at home. We want to work on providing what each individual needs to make their life content.
“Feros Care is very excited to be offering CDC Packages as they complement our own model of care, ‘The Byron Model’, where we focus on making life worth living by combating the plagues of ageing – loneliness, helplessness and boredom – through holistic care-giving and support,” Mrs Taylor said.
CDC Packages are available to senior Australians aged 70 years and over, or for Indigenous Australians aged 50 years and over. Individuals must be assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) to see if they are eligible for the care packages. ACAT can be contacted on 1800 500 853 or www.agedcareaustralia.gov.au. Feros Care can also offer further information on 1300 763 583.