Changes for younger people in aged care

Page last updated: 31 October 2017

Some younger people in residential aged care and or receiving a home care package may move over to the NDIS as it rolls out or use both; these people that use both are called dual participants.

As the NDIS rolls out across a region there may be changes for younger people living in residential aged care and or receiving a home care package.

Residential aged care

As the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rolls out in each region, younger people living in a residential aged care home, or their representative, will receive a phone call from an NDIS representative to determine their eligibility.

Confirming eligibility for the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will contact the residential aged care home to arrange a meeting with any younger people they are caring for to discuss their eligibility to access the NDIS. The residential aged care home has been asked to assist the NDIA representative by:

  • arranging a suitable meeting time
  • providing the NDIA staff member with contact details for the younger person’s nominee (family member or guardian) if they have one
  • ensuring that the younger person is prepared for their meeting

Preparing for the NDIS eligibility meeting

Younger people can prepare for their meeting with the NDIA representative by having the following information available:

  • Evidence of their disability – please see the Accessing the NDIS factsheet for more information
  • A copy of their:
    • Accommodation agreement
    • Residential care agreement
    • Current letters about their aged care fees from the Department of Human Services (DHS).
    • Statement from their residential aged care home detailing their aged care fees and payments (if you have one).

Eligible for the NDIS

Once the younger person is eligible for the NDIS, they:

  • will discuss their goals with an NDIS representative
  • will develop a plan outlining what supports will be funded under the NDIS
  • may include a goal to explore living in the community.

If needed, they are able to remain with their current residential aged care provider.

For younger people who remain living in their current residential aged care home, they will continue to receive their care and services through them and they will continue to pay their existing aged care fees and payments. This also means that if they have paid an accommodation bond, refundable accommodation deposit (RAD) or refundable accommodation contribution (RAC), it will not be refunded to them while they remain living in the residential aged care home.

If eligible, these younger people may also be able to access additional services through the NDIS. The care and supports that the NDIS will provide will be detailed during the plan development stage. Until the NDIS has developed the younger person’s plan, it isn’t possible to determine what these supports may be.

Their aged care provider may also be registered as an NDIS provider. If the younger person chooses to purchase additional supports through their existing aged care provider, they will be able to deliver these services to the person. However, if their aged care provider is not also an NDIS provider, they should assist them with coordinating this additional service.

Residential aged care fees and payments

While younger people remain in aged care, they may still be asked to pay fees to contribute to accommodation costs, living expenses and care services that are not funded under the NDIS.

More information on which aged care fees and payments the NDIS may cover for the individual during the transition period is available on the Department’s website and the factsheet Younger people in residential aged care: NDIS eligibility meetings.

Home care packages

As the NDIS rolls out in each region, the NDIA will contact younger people who are currently receiving a home care package, or their representative, to determine eligibility.

Confirming eligibility for the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will contact younger people currently receiving a home care package directly to arrange a meeting to discuss their eligibility to access the NDIS.

Preparing for the NDIS eligibility meeting

Younger people can prepare for their meeting with the NDIA representative by having the following information available:

  • Evidence of their disability – please see the Accessing the NDIS factsheet for more information
  • A copy of their home care agreement and care plan

Eligible for the NDIS

Once they are eligible for the NDIS, they:

  • will discuss their goals with an NDIS representative
  • will develop a plan outlining what supports will be funded under the NDIS

This means that:

  • They can leave their current home care provider to take up services with an NDIS provider. This will require them to be discharged from their current home care agreement once their NDIS services commence and for them to enter into a new plan with an NDIS provider.

OR

  • If their current home care provider is also an NDIS provider, they may want to remain with them. This will also require the younger person to be discharged from their current home care agreement as they will now receive all of the care and services they need through the NDIS.

Changes to delivery of home care services

Some significant changes to the delivery of home care services commenced on 27 February 2017. A home care package is now assigned to a consumer and funding for the home care package will also follow the consumer. This will provide more choice for the consumer in selecting their provider, as well as flexibility to change their provider if they wish to do so.

The home care package will be portable for the consumer if they move to another location. You may wish to find out more about the home care reforms including information about unspent funds when a person leaves their home care package (before and after 27 February 2017).

Throughout the transition process the Department of Health will keep the sector up to date on the roll out schedule through the Announcements webpage.

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