How to self-manage my Home Care Package?


What are the benefits of self managing your aged care package?

ADACare can help you to manage your own home care package?

You can choose to self-manage my home care services with ADACare. With ADACare,  everything is made easy for you and our team is on hand to help.

Every Home Care Package requires at least one care manager to oversee the use of the funds. The care manager can be your provider (in a fully managed plan), you (in a self-managed plan), or a partnership between you and your provider ADACare (in a partly self-managed plan). You can also appoint a friend or relative as your care manager.

 

If you choose a traditional aged care provider, your support services will be managed for you, but that comes with limited personal choice. You don’t get to choose your support workers and you have minimal input into your care.

 

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    Can I self-manage my Home Care Package?

    Yes, ADACare will let you manage your own Home Care Package which can help you save money on fees. In order to get free advice on how you can self manage my aged care services,  please fill the application form on this page or call Client Service coordinator on 0492 960 074 or email to [email protected]. Then one of our Client Services Team Member will explain the Free Help Service, go through the whole process with you and answer all of your questions. 

    One of the purposes of a Home Care Package is to help you keep your independence as you age. Perhaps it’s your goal to continue gardening in your yard, or to enjoy regular visits with your neighbour. Perhaps you want to continue hosting family gatherings in your home. But it’s likely that your independence is something you value.

     

    Managing your Home Care Package, yourself can be a way that you continue to exercise your independence, choice, and control. Since your package funds belong to you, and you can spend them wherever you wish, it’s beneficial for you to become knowledgeable about exactly how and why your funds are spent. And since no one understands your care needs better than you, in many ways, no one is better qualified to manage your care.

     

    What is a self-managed Home Care Package?

    Every Home Care Package requires at least one care manager to oversee the use of the funds. The care manager can be your provider (in a fully managed plan), you (in a self-managed plan), or a partnership between you and your provider (in a partly self-managed plan). You can also appoint a friend or relative as your care manager.

    Not all providers offer self-management, so if that’s important to you, you’ll need to choose a provider who offers the options you want. You have the right to choose how involved you want to be in managing your care. You can decide which aspects of your care you want to manage and which aspects you want your provider to handle. Self-management doesn’t have to be all or nothing; you have a choice about how much you want to do.

    It’s important to know that even if you choose self-management, your provider is still required to offer you resources and support for the administrative aspects of your package. Self-management doesn’t mean doing all the work alone; it just means having more autonomy, control, and responsibility for each aspect of your care.

    ADACare can also help you ensure that the ways you spend your funding is in compliance with the guidelines of your approved Home Care Package.

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    What are the benefits with working ADACare for your Aged Care Services?

    Hiring and managing carers could be difficult for you to manage

    Being able to directly hire and manage your carers is one of the main reasons why some elders choose to self-manage. With provider management, ADACare will choose, hire, and schedule your carers. To self-manage this aspect of your package, you’ll need to find carers, check their qualifications, and schedule your care. This could include running background checks, checking certifications, and verifying their training credentials. Your provider is still legally responsible for ensuring that your carers are qualified, so you’ll need to find carers who meet their requirements.

     

    You’ll also need to manage your carers, which means that if you have a concern about something your carer does, you’ll need to address it directly with them. This means you can talk directly with the person responsible about your concerns, but it also could mean having an uncomfortable conversation if you aren’t happy with your carer.

     

    You’ll also be responsible for personally scheduling your care. If you contract with several individual carers, you’ll need to schedule appointments with each of them individually. In addition, If your usual carer is sick or otherwise unavailable, you’ll need to schedule a substitute.

     

    If you work with ADACare, you do not need to work any of these, just speak to your client services manager and she will do everything for your.

     

    Finally, since you’ll be employing your carers directly, you’ll need to comply with all Fair Work Australia employment guidelines. This means you’ll need to give your carers a tax group certificate, and you may have to pay their superannuation. You’ll also need to determine whether you need to pay GST, and if so, you’ll have to calculate the amount and remit it annually. With ADACare you do not need to worry any of these financial traps.

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    Managing and spending your funds

    If you’re self-managing your Home Care Package, you’ll need to track your package budget. That means you’ll need to know how much funding you have each day, how much you’ve spent, and how much is left. You’ll also need to ensure that you only spend your package money on approved services and purchases.

     

    To do this, you’ll need to be able to access information about your budget and spending. Your provider should give you a way to access an up-to-date summary of your spending, such as an online portal or app. You’ll also need a way to access your funding so you can pay providers directly, such as a prepaid debit card or an invoicing system. Finally, you’ll need a way to ensure all your spending is compliant with all Aged Care legislation and to demonstrate that you received the correct items and services approved in your package.

     

    If you work with ADACare, you do not need to work any of these, just speak to your client services manager and she will do everything for your. 

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    Managing your care plan and compliance with ADACare

    All types of Home Care, including a self-managed package, are required to follow your individualised Care Agreement. Your Care Agreement is a contract you make with your provider, and it outlines the services and care you need. When you’re self-managing, it’s your responsibility to make sure that every service you’re purchasing is included in your Care Agreement and that every carer you choose is legally able to provide that service.

    Buying insurance

    Even if you’re self-managing, your provider is legally responsible to ensure that the care you’re receiving meets the Aged Care Standards. Your provider will outline the insurance requirements for your carers and for you in your Care Agreement. Usually, your carers will need to have public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance, and you will need to purchase a minimum level of home insurance.

     

    If you work with ADACare, you do not need to work any of these, just speak to your client services manager and she will do everything for your.

     

    To learn more about the NDIS funding or if you have any questions you can always contact us. As the team of ADACare, we are here to help anyone that might need help in Sydney. Get in touch with our NDIS Plan management specialists by calling us at 0292327055, send us an email or book online.

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    Free consultation

    We will meet with you to offer free advice and support without obligation. We pride ourselves on turning things around quickly.

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    Individual support package

    Everyone's needs and wants are different, therefore we listen to you and make a tailored plan based on your requirements.

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    Ongoing support

    Once everything has been agreed and services commence, we will discuss and feedback on changes if needed.

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