TADWA Presents- Planning for the Next Season

Some pretty exciting new here at PFTNS! We will be running three workshops courtesy of Technology for Ageing and Disability WA (TADWA).

Last week, we won a grant from Bayswater and Noranda Branches of Bendigo Bank to provide three workshops to older people in the City of Bayswater free of charge!

More details about dates to come, but if you are an organisation or community group in the City of Bayswater who is interested in sending some people along to a Planning for the Next Season workshop early in the new year, or would like more details, please contact Melissa at melissa.young@tadwa.org.au

 

New at Planning for the Next Season

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.

 

 

So many opportunities!!

This year has flown by at an unbelievable pace! It was easier to ignore the ‘Christmas is coming’ posts on Facebook before all the holiday decorations were up in the shops!
The holiday season is nearly well and truly upon us it would seem, but before the busy-ness of the season kicks into the highest gear, I wanted to fill you in on some upcoming events.
First, tomorrow, 4th November is the Rockingham Seniors and Carers Expo which will be held between 10:00-2:00 at the Mike Barnett Sports Complex on Goddard Street in Rockingham. I’ve seen the list of exhibitors and it will definitely be worthwhile going along if you are in the area. Planning for the Next Season will be there as well as our friends ne: Solutions, Affinity and so many more.

Seniors Week is next week!! Planning for the Next Season will be at the Have a Go Day in Burswood on 11th November. If you haven’t been to this event before, you definitely do not want to miss it. It’s a full day of trying new activities and having a chat with organisations/groups/businesses who are all committed to making life a bit easier for people over 50.

Finally, on 12th November, Planning for the Next Season, with ne: Solutions will be holding SEEC- Social Evening with Expert Conversation. This is an evening of conversation and networking for people who want to understand options for themselves or elder family members.  Tickets are through Eventbrite and I’ve included the link below. We hope to see you there!

http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/seec-the-next-season-of-life-ageing-informatively-tickets-17476169694?aff=es2

SEEC and you shall find!!

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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

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.

Courageous Conversations

Planning for the Next Season has been working with Panorama Health Network (North Metropolitan Medicare Local) and Kim Greeve (Department of Health) to raise awareness about advance care planning.  We have spoken with home care providers, GP’s and practice professionals and people in the community who are interested in knowing more about advance care planning and having courageous conversations with people close to us about future wishes.

We say that these conversations are courageous because thinking about a future where we, or our parents, are not able to direct care, can be uncomfortable.

Here are some tips for starting that sort of conversation about future wishes:

  • Think about who is closest to you in your life.  This person, or people are the ones with whom you will have the conversation about what you want and what you don’t.
  • Think it through. Before you have this conversation, give yourself time to think about and come to terms with your own ideas.
  • If you have a partner, talk to each other first before involving other people closest to you.
  • Think about the challenges you might face in having this sort of conversation and then think about some possible strategies you might use to overcome those challenges.  For example, if you’d like to have this conversation with family and the family lives in different states or countries, can you use Skype or FaceTime in order to start the conversation?

Every person and every family is unique.  What may work for you may not work for another family.  Even individual family members may have a conflicting perspective on what should happen when someone can no longer direct their own care.

Additional workshops for people in the community (Perth North Metropolitan area) will be advertised in your local community newspaper.  Additionally, you can contact Planning for the Next Season for more details. 

It’s worth looking into Advance Care Planning, Advance Health Directives and Enduring Guardianship.  It’s never too early to have the conversation.