The Australian Government provides funding form Home Care Packages
What services are provided?
Home Care Package services are based on your individual needs. Your provider coordinates the care and services to support you at home and these are agreed between you and your provider. The services may include:
- Transport for shopping or appointments
- Social support by taking you shopping, banking or just providing company for a chat
- Domestic assistance for household jobs like cleaning, clothes washing and ironing
- Personal care assistance with bathing or showering, dressing, hair care and going to the toilet
- Home maintenance for minor general repairs and care of your house or garden
- Home modification ie installing safety aids such as alarms, ramps and support rails
- Nursing care where a qualified nurse comes to dress a wound or provide continence advice
- Food services such as providing meals at a community or day centre, preparing and storing food and delivering meals to your home
- Medication help in taking your medications
Types of packages available
There are four levels of Home Care Packages.
- Level 1 supports people with basis care needs
- Level 2 supports people with low level care needs (formerly Community Aged Care Packages)
- Level 3 supports people with intermediate care needs
- Level 4 supports people with high level care needs (formerly Extended Aged Care at Home and Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia packages)
Package supplements – the Dementia Supplement for people with dementia and the Veterans Supplement for veterans with an accepted mental health condition – are available with any of the four levels of Home Care Packages. Your care provider will apply for the subsidies and ensure you meet the eligibility criteria.
For people receiving care services through the previous Community Aged Care Package, Extended Aged Care at Home or Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia package will continue to receive these services, but they will have a different name.