Recipients of Home Care Packages now have the freedom to change provider, following the Federal Government’s reforms which put the consumer in the driver’s seat, The West Australian reports.
But making such a change may not necessarily be free, as exit fees could apply.
Under legislation associated with HCPs, providers are entitled to charge an exit fee. and to set the exit fee. Their exit fees had to be advised to the Government before the reforms which come into effect today.
The exit fee, plus any other conditions such as notice periods, will be made clear within any new Home Care Agreements.
Those with existing Home Care Agreements must be advised if exit fees are being introduced, and these must be mutually agreed on.
“Most importantly, funding for a home care package will be portable,” the Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said explaining the changes, 9news adds.
“If for example you live in Melbourne and decide you want to live in Perth to be closer to your family, your home care package shouldn’t stop you moving interstate.”
The minister acknowledged there was a risk in handing over control to some individuals.
“So they have family members, or they sometimes have a guardianship or they will have a carer to help in that… I’m quite comfortable with the levels of interaction,” he concluded.
Change your home care provider, but beware fees (The West Australian)