Home Care Packages are a government funded service for older Australians.
If you are considering home care, you have different options to choose from. Here is a brief overview of the home care package programme available to eligible older Australians.
What is the Home Care Package Programme?
Home Care Packages are government subsidies that allow older Australians to stay in their own homes longer or possibly even put off going to a nursing home altogether. The subsidy pays for support and care in their own home and community and helps to promote well being and independence.
Who is Eligible?
Home Care Packages are open to older Australians who need coordinated services to help you to stay in your home; or to a younger person with a disability, dementia or other special care needs that are not met through other specialist services.
Eligibility for a Government Subsidised Home Care Package (HCP) is determined according to your care needs which are assessed by your local Aged Care Assessment Team (commonly known as ACAT). ACAT teams will visit your home to assess your care needs and will determine what level of support is required. They will also determine what priority you will have on the national priority queue.
Home Care Package Levels
There are 4 levels of Government Funded Home Care Packages. These are:
- Level 1 – basic care needs
- Level 2 – low-level care needs
- Level 3 – intermediate care needs
- Level 4 – high-level care needs.
Each level receives a different amount of government funding. The higher the level, the more funding the government pays on your behalf, allowing you to buy more services.
Home Care Package Finances
The money for your Home Care Package comes from the commonwealth government and is paid to your provider. The amount of subsidy paid annually ranges from $8,157.75 for Level 1 through to $49,592.55 for Level 4.
There also additional supplements – extra payments – for people with higher care and specialised support needs.
The government sees it as our collective responsibility to pay for aged care services. It has therefore established a co-contribution requirement for all home care package users. This takes the form of 2 different fees. These are the basic daily fee and an income tested fee.
Your total Package budget is made up of your government subsidy plus the basic daily fee and the income tested fee.
What Can My Home Care Package Be Used For?
Your funds can be spent on most things that relates to your care and well being to allow you to remain independent in your own home. Key areas of support typically include, but are not restricted to:
- Care coordination and case management
- Personal care – showering, dressing, continence management
- Home care – cleaning of house (essential areas), laundry, making beds
- Shopping assistance
- Transport to appointments, such as medical or even hairdresser (escorted by a care worker)
- Nursing, Allied Health and Clinical services
- Meal preparation
- In-home respite care
- Medication prompts, personal alarm monitoring
- Social activities and programs
- Basic garden and lawn maintenance
It’s important that you understand your options so you can make an informed decision. To get started simply call us now on (08) 9470 4075 or Click the button to complete the Inquiry Form and we will call you.
The government myagedcare website has lots of information about the services. If you have already started the process of getting care you may also like to have a look at the information on “Preparing to be assigned a Home Care Package“