TADWA receives funding under the Home & Community Care Program (HACC) from the Department of Health to deliver statewide services for the Provision of Goods and Equipment, Home Modifications & Basic Computing Training & Computing Help Desk/Technical Support to people with disabilities, the aged and their carers.
The provision of Home Modification and Goods & Equipment services to HACC eligible clients will:
- reduce premature or inappropriate admission to residential care
- improve function and support independence in the community
- support carers
- enhance quality of life
- reduce the use of nursing home; and
- assist clients with high and complex care needs remain in the community.
The types of Goods and Equipment provided include:
- Self care aids – assist in personal grooming, personal hygiene/toileting/bathing/showering, mealtime, housework, safety cots
- Support and mobility aids – customised walking frames, modifications/repairs to manual/electric wheelchairs & scooters
- Communication aids – customised ICT equipment i.e. computers, phone systems, facsimiles & computer software
- Reading aids – adaptive technology devices, computer software/hardware
- Car modifications – assist personal access to vehicle, assist transport of mobility equipment
- Other goods & equipment – home maintenance equipment aids, electrical switch adaptations to operate home appliances, environmental controls.
Home Modification services include:
Minor structural changes to clients’ homes so optimum independence can be gained and move safely about the house and garden. Modification examples include:
- toilets, bathrooms and kitchens
- ramps and floor levelling
- grab rails, handrails, shower rails
- living areas to facilitate access and transfer
- alterations to surfaces to facilitate transfers and eliminate unnecessary lifting
- accessible garden beds
TADWA’s service model follows the principles of the Wellness Approach
to service delivery and enables clients to do as much as possible for themselves and optimise their physical, social and psychological functioning.
WA Assessment Framework
The new system commenced on the 31st January 2011 and is designed to increase the fairness, equity and efficiency of the program by centralising the way people access services. The framework is all about improving your understanding and choice about HACC services.
What does this mean for TADWA clients?
Existing TADWA clients who have previously received funding assistance from the HACC program will be contacted by a new Regional Assessment Service, who will (sometime in the future) discuss face to face what your needs are, and determine if anything has changed since your last assessment by TADWA. This will not result in any immediate change to the services that you receive from TADWA.
What about new TADWA clients?
If you are wanting TADWA services through the assistance of the HACC program you can still contact us, or you can call the Commonwealth Carelink service on 1800 052 222.
How does the “New HACC Assessment Framework” work?
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres (CRCC) will now be the only service determining who is eligible for HACC services (not individual agencies like TADWA). This means TADWA will refer your details (with your permission) to this service. If their screening determines you are eligible (basically needing some assistance to remain independent in your home), then they will forward this onto the new Regional Assessment Services (RAS) who will contact you to do a face to face assessment of your needs. They will know that you have been referred by TADWA, and they may mention other HACC services that you could also access. Once your Assessment is complete we get your details and we will get back to you and arrange the details of the services that you want from TADWA.
Please contact us if you have any concerns or are confused by these changes.