Self-Managing Your Home Care Package
Managing your Home Care Package can be a frustrating and costly exercise. With dropping service standards and increasing service costs, it is more important than ever for consumers to remain in control of their Home Care Package management.
Home Care Package self-management is a relatively new concept that has put flexibility and control over the Home Care Package back in the hands of the consumer, ensuring those on a Home Care Package receive the support they desire while embracing the freedom to live on their own terms.
What is Self-Management?
Self-management of your Home Care Package is a new model that allows the consumer to take control of the care services they need and the care they use.
Self-management allows the consumer the security to work with their provider of choice to design a care plan that suits their personal needs but the flexibility to choose their own care and service providers, usually at a lower cost.
Unlike traditional providers, self management empowers the consumer to spend less on management fees, freeing up their Home Care Package Budget for better, long-term care and services. Self-managers can explore their care options, finding services at rates that align with their budgets and needs.
Freedom of choice is also vital when it comes to finding the right person to care for you or your loved one. Those with a self-managed Home Care Package can choose the support workers they want, when they want them. This helps with fostering genuine, trusting relationships with caregivers, making recipients feel more comfortable and at-ease.
But doesn’t this sound like a lot of work? Don’t worry, providers such as Trilogy Care can help to lighten the administrative load, with daily payment runs that ensure services are paid on time.
Overall, with lower management fees and no middle-man negotiating fees, your Home Care Budget can be better spent on increased care hours and more comprehensive support.
Steps to Self-Managing Your Home Care Package
Ready to get started? Once you have your approved Home Care Package, here’s what you can expect from Trilogy Care:
1 – Find a Provider
- Reach out to home care providers that work with self-managers
- Discuss how they partner with you to assist in self-managing your home care and the services they provide
- Discuss fee structure – this will vary from one provider to another
- Discuss care needs – each home care package recipient has differing care needs and should craft their package to best suit them
- Nominate your preferred provider as your Home Care Package provider
2 – Care Planning
With providers such as Trilogy Care handling the financials, seniors can focus on crafting the care plan that works best for them. There are many services that are on offer to those with a Home Care Package, not all of which apply to every recipient. Self-managers should discuss their care needs with their selected provider, focusing on priority needs, individual preferences, and the maintaining of autonomy and daily routine.
Care plans should be designed to encompass the specific services and support required, while ensuring that funds are best distributed to match care needs, preventing unnecessary expenditure and prioritizing services that suit the recipient’s lifestyle.
3 – Find Workers
Finding support partners or workers from the same community can help in cultivating a sense of familiarity and trust. This personalized approach fosters a deeper sense of comfort and security, with caregivers not just there to assist, but to also build a genuine and lasting relationship, with recipient wellbeing as the main priority.
4 – Start Receiving Services
The chosen provider then helps to manage the budget and administration of the Home Care Package.
What is a Home Care Package?
Home Care Packages provide older Australians with care needs the support to live independently in their own homes. Packages are tailored to an individual’s specific needs and goals, consisting of a coordinated mix of services, including help with household tasks, equipment like walking frames, minor home modifications, personal care, and clinical care such as nursing and physiotherapy. There are four levels of Home Care Packages, ranging from basic care needs (Level 1) to high care needs (Level 4).
Home Care Package Providers – Making the Right Choice for You
While Home Care Provider options may seem vast, there are two basic ways to manage your plan:
In embracing self-management, seniors not only redefine the way they receive aged care but ensure that their golden years are filled with empowerment, autonomy, and the freedom to live life on their own terms.
Find out how Trilogy Care can support you to self-manage your Home Care Package on their website – trilogycare.com.au – or calling 1300 459 190.