A new service designed to help older Australians, their families, carers and friends get better access to aged care services is set to be rolled out in Katherine.
COTA Northern Territory is part of a consortium of 31 consumer-focused organisations rolling out Aged Care System Navigator Trials across the NT, over 18 months.
“COTA NT is proud to be part of the Aged Care Navigators Trial helping Territory seniors get better access to the aged care system," Sue Shearer, CEO of COTA NT said.
“We know there are very real problems facing older seniors particularly in getting access to aged care due to geography, cultural backgrounds, limited access to internet and computers, health issues and sometimes a reluctance to seek aged care support without someone else’s support.
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"Being able to talk to someone about individual circumstances and getting the help and information you need is the best way to ensure that later years are the best they can be.”
The consortium will deliver 62 trials across Australia and will help identify which types of supports achieve the best outcomes for older Australians.
Predominately a face-to-face service with some telephone and online support, the Aged Care Navigator service includes group and individual support sessions.
“Aged Care Navigators are here to help all Territorians who needs information about aged care options or help to access aged care supports provided by government," Ms Shearer said.
"For anyone wanting help in accessing aged care services, they should call COTA NT on 08 8941 1004 and we will put them in touch with one of our Aged Care Navigators based in Darwin or Alice Springs.”
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