Designing your own home care package

When I first started out as a social worker in the 1980’s, home care services were primarily meals on wheels, gardening and home help. Typically, these would be provided by the local council, and you could count on one hand the number of organisations delivering home care. Fast forward to 2019, home care is now a major growth industry - and still growing, with the number of providers approved to deliver government subsidised home care packages almost doubling over the last three years. Further, a focus on ‘consumer-directed care’ means that you are no longer constrained by a traditional fixed menu of services – you can choose ‘a la carte’ and design your own package of care! In designing yo

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