Home Care Assistance Packages: Everything you need to know
Home Care Packages (HCP) are allocated in levels, from Level 1 - Level 4. The package allows you to have greater control over your in-home support.
Each level has a budget assigned and together with a contribution from you (maximum 17.5% of the single aged pension or maximum of 50% of any income above the maximum pension rate), the HCP is used to support you to remain living safely and independently in your home and community.
When you choose Adssi In-home Support for your Home Care Package, you know you're in safe hands, with an accredited organisation, certified case managers, qualified and police checked staff in-home staff
The main difference between the home care levels is the amount of care and services that can be purchased. More care services can be purchased at level 4.
You design your own package to suit your needs. A Home Care Package can assist with:
- personal care (showering and dressing);
- general household chores like cleaning and meal preparation;
- transport for shopping and medical appointments;
- social support (visiting a friend, movies, lunch, hobbies)
- personal safety, monitoring devices and other equipment;
- home modifications (e.g ramps, rails)
- allied health including podiatry, physio and occupational therapy in your home
- gardens and lawns
- wellbeing programs (gentle exercise at home or in a group), social outings (variety concerts, lunches etc), falls prevention programs, cooking and nutrition, men's group, technology programs and more
You can also use a Home Care Package to pay for your regular care needs while you are away on holiday. And if you don’t use one or more of the services in your package for a period of time, because you are away or in hospital for example, you may be able to use or save some of the funds for other things.
There are some things you CANNOT use your home care package for:
- paying your rent or mortgage
- buying your groceries
- paying for holidays
Home care service in Central Coast and Northern Sydney
Click here to see our schedule of fees for the Central Coast:
Click here to see our schedule of fees for Northern Sydney:
Home Care Package Enquiry: Submit the form below
If you have been approved for a Home Care Package (HCP) and would like to know how we can help you, please complete this form:
Would you like more helpful information about our Home Care Package?
For more Helpful Home Care Package Information, click here: Adssi_HCP_Brochure_web:
You are encouraged to identify your goals – they become the basis of your care plan e.g. independence, wellness and re-ablement
You decide how much involvement you want to have in managing the package – as little or as much as you are comfortable and confident with
You are able to choose the way that services are delivered – who, what, when, how
You will receive an individualised budget (from the Government) following an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assessment. Adssi will send you a monthly statement of income and expenditure including an updated balance.
You can expect ongoing monitoring and review, and a formal re-assessment by us, at least every 12 months.
How do I access aged care?
Your first step is to contact MY AGED CARE Gateway on 1800 200 422. If you are already approved for a HCP, please fill in the form (above) and we can help you get set up.
You will need an ACAT assessment :
If you want to access a Home Care Package, receive certain respite services, or to enter an aged care home.
The ACAT assessment is free and you can refer yourself, or a carer or GP can do it on your behalf. To arrange an ACAT assessment, please contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or www.myagedcare.gov.au
Each level of a Home Care Package comes with a budget assigned. Level 1 is the lowest up to Level 4 for people needing more significant amounts of support. You then use this budget to pay for the services and supports you need.
A 'basic daily fee' can be charged at the discretion of the provider. You can expect to pay a maximum of around $10/day (this rate is set by the Government). We can negotiate this fee with you and in some cases, waive the fee.
The Government also expects people who have the financial capacity to pay will be asked to pay a fee to contribute to the costs of their care. Your income will determine the income-tested care fee you may be asked to pay. This fee is assessed and determined by Centrelink, and not by the provider.
You can call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 for further information. Before you call you should have your financial information ready, especially details of your various forms of income.There are annual and lifetime caps in place to limit any income-tested care fees you may be asked to pay. You can apply for financial hardship assistance if you believe you will have financial difficulty contributing to the cost of your Home Care Package.
Click here to see our schedule of fees 2019 HCP Pricing_Adssi_Central Coast_20190719 and for Northern Sydney click here 2019 HCP Pricing_Adssi_Northern Sydney_Northern Beaches_20190719
If you already have a Home Care Package and you would like to use Adssi to provide the support, simply call our HCP Team on 1300 578 478 for help to make the change.
You are free to choose your HCP provider and free to change your mind if your circumstances change. Please note Adssi does not charge and exit free if you change providers.
If your needs change and the type of service you receive needs to change, please contact MY AGED CARE on 1800 200 422.
Very simply, CDC is a way of delivering services that allows you to have greater control over your home care support. It allows you to make choices about the types of support you access, who delivers them, and how and when those services are be delivered. You decide, in partnership with a provider, all these details that will best support your lifestyle, care and support needs.
Visit https://www.cota.org.au/information/aged-care-for-consumers/ to find out more