Most people want nothing more than to maintain their independence – even if they need some support. Unfortunately, Home Care Packages are a long-awaited source of support funding that has thousands left wondering when they will receive it. As an alternative, many elderly Australians are self-funding their supports through options like Better Caring.
There’s no denying that Australia’s population is swiftly ageing. Approximately people are in a national queue to receive a HCP or upgrade their funding.
The Department of Health states that the average waiting time for a HCP to be approved can last as long as six months to a year depending on the level of HCP in question.
For those that want to live independently for as long as possible, HCPs are integral to allow choice, freedom and autonomy through financial funding. But for those who are searching for support in the interim or are looking for reliable long-term support, there are options:
What to do while you wait for your Home Care Package
If you’re currently in the queue for a HCP, privately paying for your supports may be an inevitable option – but it doesn’t have to be expensive. In a recent article by The Sydney Morning Herald, Better Caring was mentioned as an affordable option for those looking to self-manage their supports and HCPs. Even without a HCP, people looking for aged care can directly engage with a variety of independent support workers on the Better Caring online platform.
The community of support workers on Better Caring provide affordable aged care and over 50% of the support workers on Better Caring have experience in aged care and dementia support. These support workers are thoroughly checked and are only able to provide support once they are approved under the strict processes followed by the Better Caring team based in Sydney. You can find out more about the approval process here.
The platform is designed to provide clients with as much choice, personalisation and independence as possible by allowing clients to post jobs, select support workers and negotiate payments.
When your HCP funding becomes available and you’ve found an Approved Provider to host your package with, you can simply let Better Caring know by updating your account and payment details.
Two Better Caring clients, Isabel and Manuel, both receive HCP funding and self-manage their supports. Before signing up to Better Caring, they had been cared for by over 100 different support workers with a previous provider. Today, they get 37 hours of support a week from a team of four independent workers. You can read more about Manuel and Isabel’s story here.
Satish: a privately paying aged care client
Satish, a client using the Better Caring platform, chose to bypass the year-long delay that came with waiting for a HCP and utilised a traditional provider for his support needs. As he was paying privately, the bills started to add up with Satish’s service provider. He soon discovered Better Caring could meet his support needs and he could build a team around him.
For Satish, Better Caring provided the same level of care at a much lower cost. It also gave him the independence to choose his own workers and nursing staff and build lasting relationships with his dedicated support workers. You can read more about Satish’s story here.
Privately paying for your support means you can access the independence that some service providers may not offer. If you’re looking for an alternative support option while you wait for a HCP or are considering a different support system, Better Caring’s flexibility and affordability can help you regain that independence.
Better Caring can provide you unique supports whether you’re HCP funded, on the HCP waiting list or are looking to pay privately. To revolutionise your supports, take a look at Better Caring’s growing range of independent support workers. Start searching today.