Home care services mean that you or your loved one can stay connected with family and friends and stay involved in the local community.
Home Care services can assist with a wide range of tasks. The most common include dressing, bathing, meal preparation, cleaning & laundry, gardening & basic home maintenance, transport, nursing and allied health & therapy services.
If something you need assistance with is not listed, you don’t need to worry. Just talk to your preferred home care provider and they’ll more than likely work with you to find a suitable solution.
Most Australian’s access home care services through a Home Care Package.
What is a Home Care Package?
A Home Care Package is a coordinated and flexible package that allows individuals to remain living in the comfort of their own homes. Each Home Care Package is tailored in order to cater for a variety of care needs.
There are currently four levels of Home Care Packages:
Level 1: basic level care needs
Level 2: low level care needs
Level 3: intermediate level care needs
Level 4: high level care needs
Home Care Packages receive funding from the federal Government, however if you are able to do so, you may be asked to make a contribution towards your Home Care Package costs.
Do I have to pay for a Home Care Package?
You may be eligible to receive funding from the Federal Government to help pay for a Home Care Package, however you may need to make a contribution. This will be determined by a Centrelink assessment.
Home Care Packages are now delivered on a Consumer Directed Care (CDC) basis, which means that you have more choice regarding how your allocated home care funds are spent. You will also be able to choose your own Home Care provider.
With Consumer Directed Care, you or your loved one will now:
- Have more say in the care and services you access
- Be able to choose how your home care services are delivered
- Be able to choose your preferred home care provider
- Develop an individually tailored care plan with your chosen home care provider
- Have a greater choice and understanding about how your Home Care Package funds are spent
- If your care needs change, you will have the flexibility to change the services you receive through your Home Care Package (you may need to be reassessed by an ACAT/ACAS if your care needs change drastically)
If you are not eligible to receive a Home Care Package, you can still access the full range of home care services independently and at your own expense.
What services can I access with a Home Care Package?
Some common services that can be accessed with a Home Care Package include, but are not limited to:
Personal Care: showering, dressing, shopping & mobility
Domestic Assistance: cleaning, laundry, washing & vacuuming
Assistance with meal preparation & eating
Allied health services
What services are excluded from a Home Care Package?
Products and services that are excluded from the Home Care Packages program include but are not limited to:
Payment for permanent accommodation (including assistance with mortgage payments & rent)
Travel and accommodation for holidays
Home modifications that are not related to the consumer’s care needs
Tickets to sporting/music events
How do I find out if I am eligible to receive a Home Care Package?
To find out if you are eligible, you will need what is called an aged care assessment. They’ll discuss your current situation and determine if a Home Care Package would be suitable and at what level. The assessments are free.
Call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to register & organise an Aged Care Assessment.
If you find that you are not eligible to receive a Home Care Package or you need more than the level you’ve been allocated, you can pay for additional home care services yourself. All you need to do is contact a home care services provider in your area and they’ll assist you in putting together a suitable home care program.
If you are considering moving into an Aged Care facility, you should put an estate plan in place.
Further information and support is available from our office. Please contact us on 9562 0742 for further assistance.