Just a few photos from the Care and Ageing Expo. Always a wonderful opportunity to catch up with colleagues like Mark Teale, CEO of COTA and Verity James, the MC for the Expo…and above all else, being able to speak with people about how to think and plan to stay well at home now and into the future!
In the lead up to the LASA Care and Ageing Expo in Perth, 29th and 30th July at the convention centre, Melissa from Planning for the Next Season will have the opportunity to speak to Tim Gossage on radio station 6iX Perth. You can find 6iX on 1080 AM and 105.7 FM. Melissa’s conversation with Tim will be at 7:40 am on 26th July. Tune in if you want to hear more about the expo and Planning for the Next Season!
Leading Age Services Australia Ageing Expo!
Are you caring for elderly parents or loved ones, confused about how to access home care support or aged care services or what choices are available in aged care? Do you need assistance to navigate the system?
Presenting the first ever Care & Ageing Expo in Western Australia, a showcase of products, services, information and education to enable you to compare the market and make an informed choice around the many aged care options.
Hear from experts across a whole range of aged care issues such as choosing home care or residential care, how to care for those with dementia, how to navigate the MyAgedCare website, hear about the latest technology in hearing aids and much more. The Bethanie Lifestyle seminar stage will provide a continuous stream of information from industry experts and discussion panels and give you the opportunity to ask questions.
Best ever news?
Planning for the Next Season will be presenting on the seminar stage and talking about how people can think and plan ahead for ageing well at home now and into the future. Melissa will be presenting at 1:45 pm on Sunday, 30th July at the expo. We encourage you to come down and have a chat as well as see what’s on offer.
For more information about the expo, including the program for the weekend, just click here.
Planning for the Next Season is pleased to announce that we are working in partnership with CommunityWest to deliver the very best in early planning materials, consultancy and workshop experience! CommunityWest reimagines community services so that people who are frail or who have an ongoing disability can live independently for as long as possible. They do this by providing consulting, learning and audit services to community sector organisations. The values of CommunityWest and Planning for the Next Season are aligned and we are happy to be working together in the early planning and intervention space.
The Planning For the Next Season facilitator guides are shortly hot off the press and, as always, the Planning for the Next Season workbooks are available anytime.
Many options for Plannnig for the Next Season are available to providers and consumer services alike. For example, we are offering a Planning for the Next Season providers package which will give you the facilitator’s guide, twenty workbooks and two hours of consultancy time. That package will give providers everything they need in order to run Planning for the Next Season workshops on their own.
Other packages are available including consultancy only or workshop materials only. Head over to the CommunityWest website here to learn more.
Looking forward to learning together and supporting people to forge their own path they age well at home.
At Planning for the Next Season we are always working to bring you new ideas, tools and thinking. Soon, we’ll have a brand new resource available- the Planning for the Next Season facilitator’s guide! How soon? The guide is just about ready to go to print.
With the facilitator’s guide and participant workbooks, this means that organisations and groups, both formal and informal, will be able to run Planning for the Next Season workshops anywhere in the world!
Are we excited? You’d better believe it.
For more information before the launch, just send us an email. We’d love to catch up.
Planning for the Next Season is now offering workshops for groups of elders and/or groups of adult children (10-20 participants) interested in working through the Planning for the Next Season roadmap together.
The opportunity to work together in a group, developing a road map, gives everyone the chance to share their knowledge and wisdom around what works and what doesn’t when planning to stay well at home now and into the future.
Planning for the Next Season workshops are also perfect for people who are considering accessing home care packages and want to reflect on what they are truly looking to get out of their package.
Having a workshop is a great way of sharing experience whilst gaining new knowledge and tools in a peer setting.
We are now taking bookings for workshops, so ring us today on 0400 248 655 to book a time that suits.
Are you or an elder thinking of downsizing and currently weighing up the options on whether a lifestyle village versus a granny flat is the best option to go? Do you have an older parent or loved one facing some questions about ageing, finances and options? Are you worried about costs, legal implications, and options available? You just want answers and relevant information to make the right choice? Then join us for a Social Evening with Expert Conversations (SEEC) in Legal, Finance, Senior Move Manager, Age Placement and Aging in Place. One evening with five professional experts for you to listen to and ask any questions you have. Format of the evening will give you the option to listen to an expert for 10 minutes on the key areas you definitely need to know, with a Q&A session afterwards. You then can move on to the next expert’s talk applicable to your needs, and so on, until you have listened and spoke with all or just those experts you require – whilst enjoying a glass of beverage or two in one easy to receive information Social Evening. This is going to be an evening not to be missed if you are looking for information and options for yourself or an older parent/loved one. The cost for the evening is $20 and registration can be made by clicking on the link below. Looking forward to seeing you there!!! https://eventbrite.com.au/event/17476169694/?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text
1 July 2015 is the date by which all home care providers must offer their current Home Care Packages (HCP) using a Consumer Directed approach. This is great news for older people who need support at home, but what does it mean?
In the past, people who were eligible for HCPs (by way of assessment with an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) were able to receive a ‘package’ of support with providers based on their assessed needs. Generally, that may have included a combination of support, such as domestic help, personal care assistance, helping people get out and about in the community and respite. Providers would work with people and send their trained staff into people’s homes to do the work. People really didn’t know how much their ‘package’ of support was worth in terms of dollars and sometimes didn’t have much of a choice as to how, when or where their support would come to them.
Consumer Directed Aged Care (CDC) has changed that. Now, people who are eligible for HCPs are offered their package of support in a consumer directed way. What does that mean? It means that as a consumer, people with a package know how much money they have to spend for their home care support and they can work with the provider to choose the sorts of services and support that best suit their needs. People can choose to use staff that are trained by the provider, or they can choose to purchase services outside of what the provider has to offer. The choice is up to the consumer. People direct the provider as to how they would like to spend their package budget.
This is a big change for consumers and providers alike. You might like to find out more about how Consumer Directed Aged Care works and what options are available. A good website for resources and to find out more is http://www.homecaretoday.org.au
As always, Planning for the Next Season is only a phone call away and we’re happy to talk to you about Consumer Directed Aged Care and your other options in planning to age in place at home.