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What It Means For Aged Care Nursing

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Thousands of Australians suffering from disabilities have pinned hopes on the first phase of the National Disability Scheme Australia, which will be rolled out on July 1 in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania. The first stage will cover around 26,000 Australians with disabilities, and by 2019, the scheme will benefit 4, 60,000 people.

The National Disability Scheme Australia will let people with significant and permanent disabilities choose the kind of care and support they need. The scheme will bring them freedom to lead their lives in an independent and comfortable way. The scheme will provide funding for car and home modifications, therapeutic treatment, home care, assistive technologies, and equipment such as walkers and wheelchairs.

The scheme will help disabled people lead a life of dignity. The scheme would first cover the areas of Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania this year, and it would be rolled out in Australian Capital Territory, Northern territory, and Queensland next year. Australian Government is going to spend $19.3 billion on this scheme.

So, is this scheme going to have an effect on the aged care nursing services? Not quite literally, because the scheme does not cover people above the age of 65 years who have disabilities. However, there are some exceptions to the rule. The people who are covered under the scheme can choose to stay within it even after they cross the age of 65. Also, some people who have a history of accessing disability support and services within some parameters can be covered under this scheme.

Moreover, many organisations are pressing the authorities to cover people living in aged care nursing homes under this scheme. This is important because more than 40 percent of the people develop disabilities after the age of 65, and covering them under National disability insurance scheme would help them get access to specialised home care facility or aged care facility.

This scheme will make quality care and support affordable to a much larger number of Australians. Specialized aged care nursing homes like Kankinya can play a significant role in making this scheme a success. Next few years may see a surge in number of people seeking specialised services of aged care nursing home or Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care Facility. This is expected to happen because the people who are already covered under the scheme may choose to stay covered under the scheme, and use the insurance money to seek specialised home care facility.

Our homecare facility in Canberra has been architecturally designed and constructed to ensure that our residents, consisting mostly of those suffering from varying degrees of Alzheimer’s or Dementia, are able to wander freely around the facility. Of all the aged care nursing facilities in Canberra, we are the only recognised and designated facility specialising in advanced dementia management.

Kankinya offers a safe and caring environment to its residents and caters to the needs of a wide range of elderly residents. While our location is convenient to most aspects of Canberra life, but sometimes convenience is not all that you need. We always ask our prospective families as to what exactly they require for their parent or partner and the usual answer is, “We want them to be happy and safe” and this is the motto that guides us at our aged care facility in Canberra.

We are proud of the fact that we are the providers of best Dementia care in Canberra. Besides being the leaders in aged care and dementia management, we also take pride in being the safest facility in ACT. We comply with all the Nursing Home safety standards to ensure the safety of our residents. We have a “9C” Fire Safety Compliance which includes state of the art fire detection systems and sprinklers throughout. We understand that elderly have a right to a good quality of life and freedom, and we have designed our facilities keeping this in mind. Unlike all other Aged care facilities in Canberra, we do not have our residents locked away in so called “secure areas” that are hidden from the general public. Our residents enjoy highest degree of freedom within the safety of our facility, which provides a highest possible quality of life to our reside.

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