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Combining Disability & AgeCare Funds


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Initially the carer contributes care towards the needs of the family member with a disability. When the carer ages and begins to experience episodes of hospitalisation followed by the need for personal support, the family member with a disability needs to access sufficient support to make up this loss. The total support needs of the family continues to be affected by increased episodes of hospitalisation and eventual passing away of carer.

The legislative environment is different for these two situations and the usual approach to providing care tends to break down the natural family & community support networks. Often the initial respite becomes permanent residential care or the home care is provided by two separately funded packages leading to costly duplication, poor communication and siloed reporting. Often times the family assets need to be accessed for the new Aged Care Daily Accommodation Payments or Refundable Accommodation Deposit and the overall potential for person centred care for both people is diminished due to the urgency of the changing circumstances.


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Good Directions seeks to promote a model that combines the provision of support needs and provides a smooth transition of family resources from the aged carer to new arrangements. This model is especially relevant to dealing with dementia and remote indigenous situations – allowing the full impact of a person’s community to be key decision makers in the care they receive.


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The care available under this model is much more cost effective. Think for example the provision of meals. This is an important aspect of care. Providing two meals individually costs much more than providing a second. Same is true for cleaning, personal care and need assessment.

 

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This model shows multiple sources of income being channelled into a client owned entity such as an ‘incorporated association’. This entity has a minimum of five members and becomes a platform for the carers personal community to be actively involved in their support services. It has the advantage of being informal enough to involve any interested person and formal enough to require proper reporting and provide the legal protection of limited liability. The various streams of income can be acquitted separately as appropriate.

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