Home care charter

A new Charter of Rights being developed by the Federal Government will give a greater say in the provision of services to the 56,000 older Australians receiving home care.

Announced by the Minister of Ageing, Mrs Justine Elliot, the charter will be developed with consultation with consumers, aged care providers and other interested parties. Formal consultation began, yesterday, 13 October 2008 at the Ageing Consultative Committee in Canberra, with a draft Community Care Charter being tabled.

Currently the Australian Government funds three care packages, these are:

•tCommunity Aged Care Packages (CACPs), which provides support services for older people who would otherwise require low-level residential aged care;

•tExtended Aged Care at Home (EACH), for people who need high-level care; and

•tthe specialised Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia packages (EACH Dementia), which provide the equivalent of high-level residential care in the home for people with dementia.

The draft Community Care Charter details the rights of community care service recipients. Once fully developed, the charter would be provided to each recipient when their care package is being negotiated, giving them a greater say in the service they receive.

For more information, visit the Department of Health and Ageing.

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