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Australian Therapeutic Landscapes Conference

To be held on Friday, 13th October at National Wine Centre.

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Stop! Scammer time!

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is reminding Australians to stop and think before giving their personal details or hard-earned money to scammers this tax time.

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2017 Winter Heating Guide

A new 2017 Winter Heating Guide has been developed by the Energy Partners Program and the Energy Advisory Services to raise energy awareness around residential energy use and costs.   

View or download a copy of the 2017 Winter Heating Guide by clicking here.

Carer Survey 2017- chance to win an iPad

Every two years Carers SA conducts a state wide survey of unpaid family carers across a variety of topics. Past survey results (i.e.: Carer Survey 2015)

Many carers are ‘hidden carers’ – with many people not even self-identifying as a carer. Countless people including the person next door, staff members and small business owners have caring responsibilities for a family member or friend – maybe they care for an ageing parent, or a partner, friend or child with disability or a terminal illness – and may consider this as ‘just what we do as a family’.

In this environment of change occurring across the Aged Care and Disability Sectors (NDIS), it is important to connect with all carers – including the silent ‘hidden carers’,

  • have carers’ voices heard,
  • understand their current needs, concerns and priorities, and
  • to raise awareness of services and assistance available for current or future needs.

As a special “Thank You”, carers can enter our survey prize draw for a chance to win the new iPad 9.7!

Click here to access the survey

Note: Carers who do not have access to the Internet can get a paper version of this survey by contacting Carers SA on 1800 242 636 (free call from landlines) and a hard copy of the questionnaire and a reply paid envelope will be mailed out to you.

Care Types

With an abundance of aged care providers, it can be a daunting task to seek help. So, what care suits you?

In this article our Team Leader, Ageing and Disability Services, Karen Field talks about the changes that were implemented to the Commonwealth Home Support Program and Aged Care system more generally.

Registering or Accessing My Health Record for the first time

Click here for a step by step guide to registering or accessing a My Health Record for the first time.

Summary of My Aged Care system changes

To assist service providers and assessors to understand the changes, the Summary of My Aged Care System Changes February 2017 has been developed and is now available on the Department of Health website.

The key changes to the system will focus on enhancements to:

Changes to support the home care reforms, including:

  • Changes to client data to support home care reforms
  • Removing broad banding of home care package levels
  • Establishment of the national queue for home care packages
  • New service attributes and service information fields available for home care providers
  • New notifications specific to home care
  • Introduction of new mandatory fields for ACAT assessors when recommending home care
  • Ability for ACAT assessors and delegates to nominate to receive notification of a client’s home care correspondence from the department
  • Changes to the My Aged Care home care package service finder

Improving My Aged Care provider and assessor portal functionality, including:

  • Changes to client data to support home care reforms
  • Removing broad banding of home care package levels
  • Establishment of the national queue for home care packages
  • New service attributes and service information fields available for home care providers
  • New notifications specific to home care
  • Introduction of new mandatory fields for ACAT assessors when recommending home care
  • Ability for ACAT assessors and delegates to nominate to receive notification of a client’s home care correspondence from the department
  • Changes to the My Aged Care home care package service finder

Update to My Aged Care User Materials

All guidance documentation (including user guides and quick reference guides) to support this system release has now been updated and published. This documentation is available on the Information for Assessors page and the Information for service providers page. Additional information on the home care reforms, including fact sheets and webinar links, is found here on the department’s website.

A new quick reference guide for ACAT assessors on the specific home care changes – Management of Home Care Packages from 27 February 2017, is now available in the ACAT pack.

27 February: Changes in Home Care Services

Are you currently receiving or eligible for a home care package?

If YES, from 27 February you will have more choice with the support you receive and who provides it.

What does this change mean to you?

If you are currently receiving a home care package
You do not have to do anything. If you are happy with your current provider, your package and services will continue as they are. If you choose to change service providers, your home care package funding will move to your new service provider, giving you greater freedom and control.

If you have been assessed as eligible to receive a home care package, but haven’t started receiving care yet

Your next steps will depend on:

  • whether you have found a provider who can offer you a suitable package; and
  • completed a Home Care Agreement with the provider by 27 February 2017.

Still need more information on these changes?

We can provide support and guide you through these changes.

  • Call us on (08) 8168 8776 or 1800 636 368 (SA Country)
  • Drop in at our office at 149 Currie Street, Adelaide
  • Email us at information@catalystfoundation.com.au
  • If you are looking for information tailored to your personal circumstances, please contact our Ageing SA consultant on 0439 936 411
  • We can also provide in-house and onsite training to any community group needing information on Increasing Choice in home care or accessing help at home.

New App: PICKLE

PICKLE helps connect young people who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, or in unsafe situations, to the nearest possible service organisation, ensuring they get the help they need right when they need it. The PICKLE app has been developed by Shelter SA, with support from a DCSI Community Benefit SA grant

Download the PICKLE app, go to the App Store or Google Play and search ‘Pickle by Shelter SA’.

PR Connect

Housing SA has developed an online application form, PR Connect, for customers seeking financial assistance into the private rental market.  PR Connect will enable customers to apply for bond guarantees and rent in advance via  sa.gov.au, on any device, any time of the day.

Follow this link to find out more

Palliative Care in Aged Care Evidence (PCACE) Project

The Palliative Care in Aged Care Evidence (PCACE) Project will build an online evidence-based guidance and knowledge resource to support palliative care for older Australians. The project is funded by the Department of Health.

Learn more and get involved by visiting the PCACE site.

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From 1 July 2017 Age Pension qualification age to rise from 65 to 67 years

From 1 July 2017, the qualifying age for the Age Pension will start to gradually increase by six months every two years until it reaches 67 in 2023. This change will affect people born after 1 July 1952 as they plan for their retirement.

From 1 July 2017, retirees will be able to access the Age Pension once they reach 65.5 years of age, then 66 years from 1 July 2019, 66.5 years from 1 July 2021, and 67 years from 1 July 2023.

This change will not affect the value of the Age Pension, and people can still retire at whatever age they like—it is the age at which they can become eligible for the Pension that is changing.

For more information:

Click here to view the Age Pension qualification age change animation https://youtu.be/sVby3eRKS4I

Contact Centrelink’s Financial Information Services on 132 300 or go to www.humanservices.gov.au/agepension

If you receive Veterans’ Affairs payments, go to www.dva.gov.au or call 133 254. If you are calling from regional Australia, call 1800 555 254.

Free public transport with SA’s Seniors Card

For information, including eligibility criteria and application forms, visit the sa.gov.au website.

Information about concessions is now easier to find

The sa.gov.au website has a Concessions page which now makes it easier for you to find out about South Australian concessions for which you may be eligible.
The Dept for Communities and Social Inclusion website Concessions Finder allows you to specify the card or benefit you are currently receiving and then lists the concessions to which you may be eligible.

For more information, telephone the Concessions Hotline on 1800 307 758.

Information for prospective Residential Park residents

Consumer and Business Services (formerly Office of Consumer and Business Affairs) is responsible for administering the Residential Parks Act. For further information, refer to the SA Residential Parks Residents’ Association Inc.(SARPRA), Ms Chris Cairalle-Allen, tel. 8255 9245 or visit the sa.gov.au website.

Aged Care Standards and Accreditation

Latest news and information regarding aged care facility standards

SA Office for the Ageing (OFTA)

SA seniors news and WeekendPlus digital magazine

Australian Government Minister for Health

Visit the Australian Government Department of Health website Media Centre for all news and media releases.

Centrelink

Visit the Centrelink website Media section for all news and media releases.

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