As June runs her fingers across the piano keys, she remembers the countless times she performed in concert halls across the country. Sometimes she is joined by her grandson, and together they fill the house with classics.
Her family and friends love to hear her play, and often place song requests. June has dementia, but that doesn’t stop her from leading a full life. With the support of her family and Just Better Care, June can remain living independently in the home and community she loves.
June’s incredible story is just one of many Just Better Care is celebrating as part of the Possible Campaign. The national campaign has been designed to assist older Australians and people living with disability to discover what’s possible.
Many people looking to access care and support aren’t aware of the government-funded options available to them. From Consumer Directed Care to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, service choices are many and varied.
Recent government reform in the aged care sector in particular has changed the way home care services are delivered to older Australians.
However, recent research conducted by LASA
(the national peak body representing all providers of age services) found that many consumers do not understand the new system, adding to mounting concerns that people are struggling to activate their Home Care Packages.
Research conducted by Just Better Care in 2016 also found that consumers did not understand choices available to them through Consumer Directed Care.
Just Better Care chief operating officer Alison Chandler said the campaign was about filling the gaps in service and funding information, while also celebrating the everyday achievements of its customers.
“We are working towards building an Australia where everyone has the opportunity to contribute and participate in community life,” Ms Chandler said.
“Sometimes people aren’t aware of the funding available to them, as well as the varied service options out there. In-home aged and disability care doesn’t start and stop with personal care; customers can access a range of flexible services that meet individual needs.”
Ms Chandler said each individual was best placed to define the type of care and support they need, how often they need it, and who should deliver it.
“The Possible Campaign is about empowering people to rise to challenges, achieve their goals and transform their lives every day,” Ms Chandler said.
To listen to June’s story, as well as other inspiring stories from across the Just Better Care network, visit possible.justbettercare.com