The introduction of Consumer Directed Care (CDC) means that you now have the power to choose your service provider and the type of care you receive.

It is designed to ensure that you have more choice about which services you receive through your home care package, and which provider delivers it.

What are home care packages?

  • An allocation of funds provided by the Australian Government enabling older Australians who meet eligibility requirements to continue living in their own home.
  • Eligibility for packages is based on support needs, which are assessed by an aged care assessment service. Assessments are free and can be arranged through the governments aged care portal.
  • Once assessed, if you are eligible you will be allocated a package from level 1-4 based on your needs.

Your care, your way – the benefits of Consumer Directed Care

The increased choice that Consumer Directed Care offers delivers many benefits

  • You can have more say in the care and services you access, including how they are delivered, when they are delivered and by whom.
  • You can work with a community organization care provider to tailor a wide range of services, including assistance with housekeeping, home maintenance, and home nursing services and transport.
  • Together with a Case Manager, you can be supported in taking up social and fitness activities, visiting friends, and taking up new interests.
  • Alternatively, you can choose to directly coordinate services and activities that you require without the assistance of a Case Manager if that suits you better.

Whether your home care package includes help with nursing and health support services, help around the home, assistance with shopping or even in-home computer lessons, your package can be tailored to help maintain your preferred lifestyle.

A key aspect of the CDC model is greater transparency of your package budget, and with this comes greater understanding of how budgets are being used.

CDC also ensures regular reviews are carried out to ensure the package remains appropriate for you to ensure your home care package benefits are being maximised.

Payment options

Home care package basic fees vary according to your income and personal circumstances. For example, if you’re on the basic rate of pension, your contribution would be no more than 17.5% of the single pension, while someone on a higher income may be required to contribute a greater amount which the Government will determine and advise you.

Income tested care fee limits:

  • Full pensioners aren’t required to pay an income tested care fee, however, a basic fee may apply.
  • Part-pensioners and those with equivalent incomes can be requested to pay income tested fees of no more than $5,000 a year.
  • Self-funded retiree income tested fees are capped at $10,000 a year.
  • The lifetime cap for income tested care fees is capped at $60,000.

This message was sponsored by our partner Bolton Clarke.

At Bolton Clarke, they passionately believe in working with their customers to ensure they remain as independent as possible, supporting them to live life to the full.

Bolton Clarke has a rich history that began in 1938 with the opening of the first veterans’ hostel. Since then they’ve grown to offer a wide range of service options across Home Care, Retirement Living and Residential Aged Care.

Today, Bolton Clarke provides health and wellbeing services to the broader Australian community and they welcome everyone.

Bolton Clarke provides services to more than 20,000 people everyday in areas of Queensland and New South Wales. There are more than 7,000 customers that access their community care programs.

For more information about Bolton Clarke, click on this link to view their listings.