How you can double the hours of care with your current Home Care Package
Did you know?
Changes to aged care funding from 27 February 2017 will enable you to shop around for a better deal from your Home Care Package. By choosing and hiring your care workers directly on bettercaring.com.au, you can save thousands.
For some, this has meant double the hours of care from their existing government funding.
Changes in store for Home Care Packages
Consumer Directed Care means that everyone with a home care package now has an annual budget – and the right to use it to purchase the aged care services they need. However, at the moment, you must find a home care package from an approved provider who administers it on your behalf.
Typically, they will spend around 35-50% of your budget on overheads – and give you limited input on what care you receive and when. Plus, if you’re unhappy with the service, you have limited options to change.
On 27 February 2017, the government will introduce a new phase of Consumer Directed Care. The changes will mean that your home care package will be ‘attached’ to you, not your provider – so, if you’re not happy with the level or cost of your care you are receiving, you can switch providers.
By switching to a provider who works with Better Caring, you can choose the services you need, from the workers you like, at a price you’re happy with.
How is Better caring helping clients double their care?
Helping you to connect directly to your chosen care workers through bettercaring.com.au saves administration costs. That means your home care package can stretch further to deliver the care you need.
In the case of Fran’s mum, like many people, she was receiving a Level 4 home care package, or $48,906 each year, but receiving less than 12 hours of care a week through her provider.
That’s because over 40% of her funding was being spent on fees and overheads, with the care being charged at $48 an hour – despite Fran’s care workers often earning only $22 an hour.
Luckily, their provider agreed to let Fran and her mum find and hire their own care workers through the Better Caring platform, also agreeing to reduce administration and case management costs.
This left more funding to spend on the care itself – and with the average cost of workers on the Better Caring platform at $35 an hour, Fran and her mum were able to access 22 hours of care each week.
What you can do
By using Better Caring, you can choose the care workers who are right for you, what services they provide, when they should come AND how much you should pay.
We can work with your existing provider, or suggest partner providers you can switch to.
Call us on 1300 73 65 73 for a free consultation to discover how you can unlock the value in your funding.