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An Introduction to Home Care Packages

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Home Care Packages (HCPs) aim to assist older Australians to live in their own homes as independently as they can, for as long as possible. HCPs are designed for clients whose care needs are more complex and go beyond the scope of the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.

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Home Care Packages (HCP) aim to assist older Australians to live in their own homes as independently as they can, for as long as possible. Of course, this is as per the client’s preferences and if they so choose to, as opposed to living in a residential care facility. HCPs are designed for clients whose care needs are more complex and go beyond the scope of the Commonwealth Home Support Programme. There are four levels of HCPs for different care needs.

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Madeline Gilkes
Madeline Gilkes, CDE, RN, is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She focused her Master of Healthcare Leadership research project on health coaching for long-term weight loss in obese adults. Madeline has found a passion for preventative nursing. She has transitioned from leadership roles (CNS Gerontology & Education, Clinical Facilitator) in the acute/hospital setting to education management and primary healthcare. Madeline’s vision is to implement lifestyle medicine to prevent and treat chronic conditions. Her research proposal for her PhD involves Lifestyle Medicine for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Madeline is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) and primarily works in the academic role of Head of Nursing. Madeline’s philosophy focuses on using humanistic management, adult learning theories/evidence and self-efficacy theories and interventions to promote positive learning environments. In addition to her Master of Healthcare Leadership, Madeline has a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education & Management, Graduate Certificate in Adult & Vocational Education, Graduate Certificate of Aged Care Nursing, and a Bachelor of Nursing. She is working towards her PhD.
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Angela Minic
07 Jul 2021
This article was very concise and a very good summery of how Health Care Packages work.
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Maxine Lamb
09 Jun 2021
Interesting and informative.
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Leanne Sullivan
22 Feb 2022
Great resource
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Kathleen Grosser
11 Jun 2021
Short but to the point. Good references.
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Craig Claassen
09 Jun 2021
Good information about home care
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Martine Woods
10 Jun 2021
Good info and references for future use
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Therese Coleman
27 Jun 2021
An informative guide to HCP.
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Jane Alexander
11 Jun 2021
Easy to read, concise information.
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Amanjot Kaur
03 Sep 2021
Knowledgeable and accurate.
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07 Sep 2021
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