Support Services for Seniors

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SUPPORT SERVICES FOR SENIORS

 

Getting older is a reality no one can escape. There comes a time when one’s body simply cannot cope with the regular daily demands. The time when one should start planning ahead and look for support options to help improve and maintain an independent and safe lifestyle. Accessing support and arranging services takes time. Start planning ahead so you can review all your options and select appropriate services for your needs. Having your needs assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Team (or ACAT) is the first step to accessing Government funded supports and programs.

 

GETTING STARTED

 

Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT)

The Aged Care Assessment is required prior to accessing Government funded support services at home. There are many ACATs located throughout the country - most are based within hospitals. The wait time for the ACAT assessment can range from 2-8 weeks and sometimes even longer. Once assessed, you will be given a report outlining your support needs and areas where assistance can be provided. This can range from simple home modification or gardening support, to more complex supports such as showering and/or medication administration – this will purely depend on your individual circumstances.

If you, or someone you know, are having difficulties caring for yourself or others at home, contact MyAgedCare on 1800 200 422 to talk about your situation and/or to ask for an ACAT assessment. Visit the MyAgedCare website for more information.

 

Group Allied Health Servcies for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

People with Type 2 Diabetes are eligible for a Medicare subsidised individual assessment and up to eight group sessions per calendar year with a Diabetes Educator, Dietitian and/or Exercise Physiologist to help you manage your diabetes. A GP referral is required to access this support. A provider needs to be registered with Medicare for this item. Medicare limits apply. For more information, click here. To find and compare your local providers search private services using our search engine.

 

Diagnostic Audiology Services

Seniors with suspected medical conditions (such as ear disease or related disorders), including those whose hearing loss could be corrected by surgery or medical intervention can request diagnostic audiology services. A request may include more than one visit to an audiologist so long as they are part of a single assessment. The audiologist needs to be registered with Medicare for this item. Medicare limits apply. For more information, click here.

 

Medicare Health Assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

The Medicare Health Assessment gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander seniors access to a primary health care that is matched to their needs. The assessment aims to provide early detection, diagnosis and intervention for common and treatable conditions. For more information click here or speak to your GP.

 

SUPPORT SERVICES AND PROGRAMS 

 

Home Care Packages (Consumer Directed Care)

Getting Started – The home care packages are aimed at supporting people (mainly over 65 years of age) with practical support and assistance to remain living at home for as long as possible. A person is required to have an Aged Care Assessment completed to determine the level of care they are eligible for - high care (levels 3 and 4) or low care (levels 1 and 2). For more information on Home Care packages click here

 

Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plan

Seniors with a chronic condition can access up to 5 therapy sessions per year with an Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist, Psychologist, Dietician, Physiotherapist, Audiologist, Aboriginal Health Worker, Diabetes Educator, Chiropractor, Exercise Physiologist, Osteopath and/or Podiatrist. A provider needs to be registered for this item with Medicare. Medicare limits apply. A CDM plan can be developed by your GP. For more information, click here or speak to your GP. To find and compare your local providers search private services using our search engine.

 

Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan

The Better Access to Mental Health Plan provides access to treatment services for seniors with a clinically-diagnosed mental disorder. It provides access for up to 10 Medicare subsidised individual therapy sessions and up to 10 group therapy sessions per year with an Occupational Therapist, Psychologist and/or Social Worker – a provider needs to be registered for this item with Medicare. Medicare limits apply. The Better Access to Mental Health Plan can be created by your GP. For more information, click here. To find and compare your local providers search private services using our search engine.

 

Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS)

The Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) provides access to short-term interventions offering up to 12 individual or group therapy sessions (in exceptional circumstances, additional 6 services can be provided) in a calendar year with a Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Mental Health Nurse, ATSI Health Worker and/or Social Worker. A referral to the ATAPS can be made by your GP. A provider needs to be registered with Medicare for this item – Medicare limits apply. For more information, click here. To find and compare your local providers search private services using our search engine.

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Follow-up Health Services

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Follow-up Health Services program offers access to intervention services following a health assessment. Up to 10 follow up sessions per calendar year can be received with a Practice Nurse or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner. For more information, click here or speak to your GP.

 

Medicare Follow-up Allied Health Services for People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Descent

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander seniors can also access up to 5 allied health sessions with a range of allied health professionals following the health assessment. GP referral is required. For more information, click here or speak to your GP. To find and compare your local providers search private services using our search engine.

 

The Australian Government Hearing Services Program

The Australian Government Hearing Services Program aims to support eligible seniors with accessing hearing services and provision of subsidised hearing aids. If you are not eligible for the program you might still have access to having your hearing aid fitted at reduced price through the hearing aid bank. For more information, click here or speak to your GP. To find and compare your local hearing aid suppliers please search equipment and assistive technology using our search engine.

 

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)

The Department of Veteran’ Affairs (DVA) provides a range of support services and products to current and former serving members and their families. The support can include homecare, nursing care, medical aids, equipment and much more. For more information, please click here or contact DVA directly on 133 254.

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