A Home Care Package is an Australian Government funding subsidy awarded to seniors for the purchase of services to enable them to remain in their own home.
Following 2015 Commonwealth Home Care funding reforms, many smaller health services would find it challenging to continue providing Home Care Package coordination.
In what is believed to be an Australian first, GV Health subsequently joined forces with 18 other health services under a consortium arrangement, collectively branded ‘Community Interlink’, to ensure that locals would always be able to access locally-governed Home Care Package coordination from their local health service.
“After these reforms resulting in a competitive marketplace for Home Care Package providers, in some small regional areas there were suddenly dozens of new Home Care providers, mostly outsider national, even foreign companies, who had little or no connection to the community concerned, or the current health sector,’ says GV Health Director Community Care, Gordon Ross.
“The consortium means that the health services involved will be able to remain viable against the influx of these big providers,’
“Local providers are those that can offer the highest level of support having local staff, with local knowledge and networks.”
Community Interlink members include: GV Health (lead agency), Euroa Health, Natalia Health, Numurkah District Health Service, Nagambie Healthcare, Benalla Health, Seymour Health, Yarrawonga Health, Mansfield District Hospital, Northeast Health Wangaratta, Indigo North Health, Yea & District Memorial Hospital, Beechworth Health Service, Albury Wodonga Health and Tallangatta Health Service.
Approved Home Care Package services include domestic support (meal preparation, cleaning, home modifications to meet care needs), transport, personal care (assistance with showering/bathing, getting in and out of bed, getting dressed/undressed), support to go shopping and run errands, allied health, medications management, home nursing, sourcing of hearing, mobility, visual and continence aides, support to attends social outings and events.
If a person is not eligible for a Home Care Package, they can purchase Home Care services privately via Community Interlink.
Community Interlink was officially launched at Eastbank Centre in Shepparton on February 22.
Other official launches are being held within the Community Interlink servicing area including:
|Wodonga – March 1, 2018
Huon Hill Hotel
Crn Reid & Havelock Streets
|Yarrawonga – April 5, 2018
271 Melbourne Street
|Wangaratta – March 15, 2018
Rinaldo’s Casa Cucina
56-58 Faithfull Street
|Kilmore – April 12, 2018
Local general practitioners, allied health and medical clinics staff are invited to the launches to increase community awareness about how seniors can access Home Care Packages.
Community Interlink was formerly a Home Care program exclusive to GV Health.
Contact GV Health Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Nadia Surace ext. 37930 for launch invitations.
For more information about Community Interlink go to www.communityinterlink.org.au or phone: 1300 203 203.