Aged Care options can be very confusing especially when people start talking about Bonds or RADS and DAPS or say things like you need a RAS or an ACAT, it’s like they are speaking another language and perhaps they are. To the average person these acronyms don’t mean anything until you find yourself in a situation where you need to know that a RAS is short for Regional Assessment Service and is what you need to have before you can access Community Care services or an ACAT actually stands for Aged Care Client Record which is the first thing you are going to be asked for if you are considering residential care as an option.
But how do you find out these things or even know where to start. The first place to go is your doctor who can refer you to these services, after that you will receive a phone call from a health professional who will identify themselves and make a time to come out and see you in your home to discuss and assess your care needs, they will ask a lot of questions that will help them to figure out what sort of services you need and that could include cleaning, gardening, help with shopping or a variety of other options for those living in the community. Options for residential care can be a bit more confusing which is why is often beneficial to engage a professional placement consultant to help you work through the aged care information maze. But back to the RAS, once you have been assessed and approval given, you will then receive a letter which tells you what level of care you are entitled to and how many hours service you are entitled to each week or fortnight. Whether that is HACC which standards for Home and Community Care or a Community Care Package which has different levels for those with higher care needs. There is of course a cost involved and this is dependent on the package of care you have been approved for and to a degree your income, for example a pensioner would pay less than a self-funded retiree.
Then of course there is choosing a service provider which in regional WA means that you won’t have as much choice as someone living in the Perth metro where there are more service providers but, what you will get are fully trained staff who are dedicated, caring and professional, because at the end of it all if having someone come and help you with your housework or shopping means you can stay in your own home, it is well worth considering.
For more information on how an Aged Care Placement Consultant may be able to assist you for a reasonable fee,
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Country Age Pension Fuel Card Scheme to be extended.
Made possible by a $140.1 million investment over the next four years by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
Regional pensioners will continue to benefit from the Country Age Pension Fuel Card thanks to a further investment of $140.1 million over the next four years through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman said the investment, announced in the 2016-17 State budget last week, will help regional pensioners to remain mobile and independent by supporting access to different transport options.
“The Country Age Pension Fuel Card plays an important role in assisting regional pensioners, including age pensioners and people with disabilities, to remain independent through the purchase of fuel and taxi services,” Mr Redman said.
“The regional community does not have access to the same level of public transport as metropolitan areas and the fuel card enables recipients to travel to medical appointments, get along to community events and recreational activities, and visit family and friends more easily.
“Many regional residents have long distances to travel to access medical and health services and I’m proud that Royalties for Regions is assisting pensioners with these travel costs.”
Existing cardholders will automatically be issued a new card in July, provided they continue to meet the eligibility criteria.
To be eligible for a fuel card, applicants must live in an eligible regional location in WA and receive a Centrelink Age Pension, Carer Payment, Disability Support Pension, Wife Pension or Widow B Pension, or a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Service Pension, Social Security Age pension or Income Support Supplement.
Since 2008, the State Government through the Royalties for Regions program has invested a total of $158 million to fund the Country Age Pension Fuel Card Scheme.
The value loaded onto the Country Age Pension Fuel Card will increase from $565 to $575 from 1 July 2016.
The State Government will invest $3.78 billion over the next four years to build vibrant regions with strong economies through Royalties for Regions initiatives in health, community services, education, arts, Aboriginal development initiatives, agriculture, tourism and economic development.
The Greenbushes Community Resource Centre has been serving the community of Greenbushes since 1995.