When you start out as a Home Care Package client a personalised care plan and budget unique to your needs is developed. The budget summarises how your funding is to be spent based on things that are most important to you. Maximising your budget is vital. You are entitled to get the most out of your budget and make your home care package count.
Our Client Support Coordinators play an important role in working with you to maximise your funding to create a budget that will cater to all your wants and needs, as well as helping you plan for the future.
While it is important to have unspent funds available, a Coordinator can help you maximise your budget and direct all available funds to your wellbeing and care. If you notice an increase in your “Unspent Funds” on your monthly statements, talk to us. There are lots of creative ways you can put these funds to good use, while still having a little tucked away for that unexpected situation.
Recommendations by Leading Aged Services Australia to the Department of Health is to address the accumulation of unspent funds through an annual acquittal. Unspent funds would be returned to Government and redirected to eligible clients on the national queue to enable them to access services.
A Coordinator is a valuable font of information about what is available in your local area, and can also help connect you to other support services.
When you are thinking about spending your funding, be creative. Would an iPad help you keep in touch with family? Does your air conditioner need replacing? Do not be afraid to ask questions and talk about your needs, wishes and future goals that we could assist you to work towards.