If you want to stay in your own home as you get older, but need some help with things like cleaning and preparing meals, or with transport so you can go shopping or attend appointments, a Home Care Package may help you.
What is a Home Care Package?
A Home Care Package provides a co-ordinated package of services tailored to meet your specific care needs to:
- help you to stay in your own home as you get older
- give you choice and flexibility in the way your care and services are provided to you at home
What types of services are provided?
The types of services you get under a Home Care Package will depend on your needs. Your service provider will work in partnership with you to identify your goals and needs. Your service provider will also work with you to co-design the best ways to deliver those care and services so you can live a more active and independent life.
The services that can be provided in a Home Care Package include:
- personal services – such as help with showering or bathing, dressing and mobility
- support services – such as help with washing and ironing, house cleaning, gardening, basic home maintenance, home modifications related to your care needs, and transport to help you do shopping, visit your doctor or attend social activities
- clinical care – such as nursing and other health support including physiotherapy (exercise, mobility, strength and balance), services of a dietitian (nutrition assessment, food and nutrition advice, dietary changes) and hearing and vision services
How do I know if a Home Care Package is right for me?
Ask yourself these questions:
- am I an older person who needs some help to stay in my own home?
- am I finding some aspects of living at home hard?
- do I manage most of the time?
- am I a younger person with a disability, dementia or other special care needs that are not met through specialist services?
- do you think if you don’t get some help at home, you might have to go into an aged care home before you’re ready?
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you may be eligible for a Home Care Package.
Home Care Packages have been developed to assist older people to remain living in their homes.
There are no minimum age requirements to be eligible and there are no citizenship or residency restrictions on accessing a Home Care Package. However the packages are not intended for visitors to Australia or people requiring temporary or short-term care.
In some cases, younger people with disabilities, people with early onset dementia, or people with special care needs, may be able to access a Home Care Package – if you have been assessed and approved by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT)
or an Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) if you are in Victoria, and a home care home care provider is able to offer you an appropriate package. However, this should only occur where there are no other care facilities or care services more appropriate to meet your needs.
Home Care Packages are sometimes allocated to a service provider so that priority of access is given to people who belong to defined special needs groups. However, all service providers are expected to ensure their services are accessible to people with special needs.
What types of packages are available?
There are four levels of Home Care Packages which can give you the care and services you need:
- 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 package level is funded at different amounts paid by the Australian Government to the service provider that delivers care and services to you.
Find out more about the subsidy rates
on the Department of Social Services website.