'Living Longer. Living Better' represents the start of a 10 year reform program to create a flexible and seamless aged care system that provides Australians aged over 65 years old with more choice, control and easier access to services.
Vision Australia strongly supports the 'Living Longer. Living Better' aged care reform package, which will provide $3.7 billion over five years starting from 1 July 2012. Of this $3.7 billion:
$955.4 million will help people to stay at home through:
- an integrated Home Support program
- more Home Care packages with new levels of packages
- greater choice and control through Consumer Directed Care available across all new Home Care packages
- fairer means-testing arrangements for Home Care packages $54.8 million to help carers access respite and other support.
$660.3 million will deliver better residential aged care through:
- more residential care facilities to be built
- supporting the viability of services in regional, rural and remote areas
- trialling Consumer Directed Care in residential aged care
- strengthening means testing for residential care by combining the current income and asset tests
- establishing a new Aged Care Financing Authority
- improving the Aged Care Funding Instrument $1.2 billion to strengthen the aged care workforce.
$39.8 million will support consumers and research through:
- empowering consumers through advocacy
- better connecting the lonely and socially isolated
- improving the knowledge of older people’s care and support needs
$80.2 million will ensure better health connections through:
- complex health care
- multidisciplinary care
- service innovation
From 1 July 2015, the Government will also establish a national Commonwealth Home Support Program. This new and streamlined approach will bring together under the one program all the services currently providing basic home support - the existing Home and Community Care program for older people, the National Respite for Carers Program, the Day Therapy Centres program and the Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged program.
For more information visit the Government website here