MALTESE COMMUNITY AGED CARE PACKAGES (CACPs)
Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, Community Aged Care Packages (CACPs) are individually planned and coordinated packages of care tailored to help older Australians remain living in their own homes. They are funded by the Australian Government to provide for the complex care needs of older people.
The Australian Government provides CACP approved providers with a daily subsidy per package to supply and coordinate care services for frail older people. The individual services within a CACP may be provided by a variety of organisations in your local area, but will be coordinated and planned by an approved aged care service provider, such as, the Maltese Community Council of Victoria.
The key objectives of the CACP program are:
- To provide planned and co-ordinated services for frail elderly with complex care needs.
- To assist Maltese elderly people to live independently in their own homes or in the community.
To be eligible to receive a CACP, applicants must:
- be of Maltese origin
- be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Service
- prefer to stay at home rather than enter a hostel
- need ongoing assistance in managing required services
- live in any of the following areas: Brimbank, Darebin, Hobson’s Bay, Hume, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Whittlesea, Wyndham.
Community Aged Care Packages (CACPs) provide a lower level of community care to assist frail older Australians to remain living in their own homes. They provide a range of services tailored to the individual’s needs, including assistance with bathing and toileting, meals preparation or delivery, therapy and rehabilitation, transport for shopping, appointments or social outings, housework and gardening, home maintenance, injections and medications. A case manager is assigned to the individual and a care plan is devised according to the needs of the client and the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). Our aged care staff speak Maltese.
You may refer yourself to Maltese CACPs or be referred by family, carers, friends, your doctor or parish priest or other service provider.
You may be required to pay between $10 and $30 per week, depending on the services you need and your ability to pay. Accounts are sent out monthly and your weekly payment covers all the services you receive.
What quality of service can I expect?
The Australian Government has specified Community Care Standards, which approved providers are legally required to meet to ensure care recipients receive care of the highest quality. Recipients of a CACP (or their representatives) are entitled to:
- quality services that meet their assessed needs;
- where possible, their preferred level of social independence;
- having their dignity and privacy respected at all times;
- access information about the care options available and the facts they need to make informed choices;
- access to details of the care being provided; and
- take part in developing a package of services that best meets their needs.
What are my rights and responsibilities?
On 1 October 2009 the Australian Government introduced the Charter of Rights and Responsibilities for Community Care (the Charter). The Charter is a legal document that explains the rights of people receiving aged care services in the community, as well as their responsibilities, including their responsibilities towards care workers.
For further information about CACPs and a copy of the Charter of Rights and Responsibilities for Community Care, visit the Department of Health and Ageing website.
The Co-ordinator – Maltese CACPs at the MCCV Parkville office on (03) 9387 8922 or Fax 9387 8922.