There are many things in life over which we have no control. The first one that comes to mind is the weather – a common topic of small talk here in the Far North thanks to our tempestuous tropical climate. With every cyclone season, as we bunker down against the wrath of a predicted storm, I am always struck by just how much we are at the mercy of Mother Nature.
It makes sense, then, that we closely guard our right to maintain control over decisions and choices that are ours to make. From the big decisions, such as what we will do for a living or whom we will marry, to the little things – hands up who keeps hold of the remote while watching the box? – freedom to choose what is right for us is one of the keys to living a satisfied life.
This comes into focus as we age and are faced with a different set of circumstances and choices.
In July 2015, the Australian Government introduced a new approach to aged care called Consumer Directed Care (CDC) that was designed to give greater control to people who choose to live independently in their own homes through their later years.
All Home Care Packages will now be delivered under the CDC framework, which gives you and your carer more power to tailor the care and services you receive.
If you are an older person who would like to stay in your own home as long as possible, a Home Care Package can be designed to meet your specific needs. Some people will need help with home maintenance tasks such as washing or ironing or preparing meals, while others may need transport to do the shopping or attend social activities. You may also require support for mobility or personal care, or nursing and other clinical services.
There are five steps to accessing a Home Care Package:
For more information, visit: http://www.myagedcare.gov.au/aged-care-services/home-care-packages/how-do-i-get-home-care-package
Ten Years Younger Home Care supports you as you work through these choices and decide what is right for you. We respect the importance of retaining your own identity, while providing the support you need to stay in your own home and in your own story.