Choices for the Ageing

July 12, 2011 by Ayal Tusia
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Jewish Care Victoria has been selected to deliver a new type of Community Aged Care package recently launched by the Government – known as Consumer Directed Care packages.

Meigan Lefebure

“These tailored packages give older people a great boost in their quality of life and independence, as well as offer transparency and more choice for our clients, thus enabling them to retain more control over their health and care”, says Meigan Lefebure, General Manager of Services for Older People at Jewish Care Victoria.

“We are thrilled to have been successful in our bid for these innovative packages as Jewish Care is determined to provide care and services that meet the needs of our diverse client group”.

Over the last 18 months, Jewish Care has moved to an Active Service Model to underpin all its provision of care and service in the community.  These new packages will ensure clients can clearly understand where funding for their care comes from and how it is used to support them.

“It is about the client being engaged, as much or as little as they prefer, in directing their care.  Our job is to support them to the level they want and need”, continues Ms Lefebure.

The Active Service Model is a quality improvement initiative that focuses on promoting capacity building and restorative care in aged care service delivery.  Not all clients will be able to live without some form of assistance, but the goal of this model is to ensure that clients are able to gain the greatest level of independence and, equally, be as actively involved in making decisions about their life, such as the type of services they receive and the goals they wish to achieve.

 

According to the Minister for Mental Health & Aged Care, Mark Butler, the Consumer Directed Care (CDC) packages are critical to the government’s efforts to build a sustainable aged care system that meets the needs of older Australians and their families.

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