Deciding How Much To Manage Your Own Care – Information

The ‘Home Care Today’ project ran from 2013 to June 2017. COTA Australia continues to provide access to Home Care Today resources which were current at June 2017. However they are no longer monitored or updated, and information may not be current.

Home Care Packages give you choice and flexibility. You can choose:

  • the types of assistance you receive
  • when and by whom services are delivered
  • how involved you will be in managing your package.

Some people want the provider to manage their package for them, whereas others want to be really involved, for example, by:

  • doing their own research
  • making enquiries about different services and options
  • managing their own home care budget.

You can also choose a representative, like a relative, friend or advocate, to do this for you.

Self-management and administration fees

Your provider may reduce your administration fees if you (or your representative) do some of the administration yourself, such as record-keeping or making appointments. This leaves more money for you to spend on other things.

Agreeing on management

When you meet with your provider to make a care plan, you will talk about and agree on how your package will be managed. Some providers will offer different self-management options for you to choose from. Make sure you and the provider both understand the management roles, responsibilities and costs you’re agreeing to.

VIEW our page: Starting a Home Care Package