The Home Care Packages program supports older people with a range of care needs to live independently in their own home. Through a coordinated mix of services, a Home Care Package seeks to achieve individual goals and helps maintain a person’s independence at home. This can include both in-home aged care services and supports to help people stay connected with their community.
A coordinated mix of services are available and may include:
- help with household tasks
- equipment (such as walking frames)
- minor home modifications
- personal care
- clinical care such as nursing, allied health and physiotherapy services
Being eligible for a Home Care Package means that the government will subsidise the cost of your care. This makes the help you need much more affordable.
What is involved
We provide a personalised service that supports your choices, and offers flexibility and control over the design of your Home Care Package.
Our Home Care Package Case Managers are tertiary qualified health professionals with extensive experience working with older people including people with dementia. See below some of the services available.
To receive a Home Care Package, you will firstly need to register with My Aged Care.
You will then be referred for a face-to-face assessment to find out whether you are eligible. If eligible and once a home care package becomes available, you will receive a letter from My Aged Care to let you know you have been assigned a package. The letter will set out the level of home care package that has been assigned to you and include a unique referral code. Packages are allocated fairly through the national priority system, based only on date of approval and priority for care.
There are four Home Care Package levels:
- Level 1 – supports people with basic care needs
- Level 2 – supports people with low-level care needs
- Level 3 – supports people with intermediate care needs
- Level 4 – supports people with high-level care needs
Each level of home care package provides a different subsidy amount, determined and paid by the Federal government. This amount is paid to an approved home care provider which you select. The subsidy contributes to the total cost of delivering care to meet your individual needs. It is also expected by the government that you will contribute to the cost of your care where your personal circumstances allow.
If you are not eligible for a Home Care Package, you may still be eligible for services under the Commonwealth Home Support Program, or you can access services privately.