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A Home Care Package is one form of aged care funding provided by the Australian Government. It helps to pay for care and services that enable aging Australians to remain independent, safe, and well at home.
There are four package levels. The difference between the levels is the amount of support you require to meet your needs and the amount of government contributions provided to deliver these support services.
Level 1 Packages are designed to meet basic care needs and can provide support for basic everyday tasks.
To access this government assistance, you will require an assessment. If this feels too daunting to do on your own Aunty Grace can help step you through the application process, regardless of which stage you are in the process. We can even complete some steps on your behalf. Please contact our friendly and knowledgeable team and we can help you navigate your journey to receiving support and care services.
To be eligible you must be aged:
As your needs increase, you can be reassessed for higher-level packages. When some of our clients have gone through the assessment for the first time, they have been assigned a higher-level package, in line with their needs. You don’t necessarily always start at Level 1.
Our clients typically use their Level 1 Packages for:
But they can also include services such as:
Once you have been through the application process and allocated a Home Care Package, you will need to work with an approved provider to select the specific services and additional support that you need. This is called a Care Plan.
A Care Plan is tailored to your individual needs and wants. So, the answer to the question ‘What can my Home Care Package be used for?’ is unique to everyone. Everything is also specified in your home care agreement so that you and any involved loved ones have a clear understanding of what to expect.
A different amount is allocated depending on the package level. This amount is paid directly to your chosen Home Care Provider. You may be required to pay a subsidy towards your care which is called an Income Tested fee (ITF). This will be determined during an income assessment. Click here to read more about the ITF.
As of July 1, 2021, the Government subsidy for a Level 1 Home Care Package is $9,026.45. It is important to note that the allocated package amount increases each year.
Our clients that hold a Level 1 Home Care Package benefit from having a small amount of support in their own homes. This is ideal if you or your loved one wishes to maintain their independence and prevent premature or unnecessary admission into an Aged Care Home.
This care can support or replace any informal care that is being received, at your discretion.
We can help you apply for Government contributions and guide you through each step of the application process. Click here to view the six steps to applying and receiving a Home Care Package.
Alternatively, you can visit My Aged Care, which outlines these steps on their website.
It can be overwhelming navigating and waiting for a Home Care Package, especially when you need urgent support.
To get the support you need while moving through the application process, you may want to purchase in-home care services privately from Aunty Grace through our Private Funding option. This can ensure you receive services immediately.
For more information call our friendly concierge team.