Home Care Assistance Packages: Everything you need to know
Home Care Packages (HCP) are allocated in levels, from Level 1 - Level 4. A Home Package offers you 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.
How do I get a Home Care Assistance Package?
Access to a Home Care Package is through the Federal Government's MY AGED CARE. They will arrange for an in-home assessment to determine the type and level of support you might need. They will determine the level (from 1 - 4) that is most suitable.
What happens next?
The first step is called APPROVAL and you will receive a letter from MY AGED CARE advising you have been approved, and for what level. You are now on a waiting list - as funds become available from the government, people are ASSIGNED their package. This can take some time, so it's important to get in the system as soon as possible.
Once you receive a letter advising you have been ASSIGNED, you can then select a provider to help you manage your Home Care Package. Be aware of organisations offering bells and whistles including free equipment or free service - if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.
Why Choose Adssi In-home Support?
We have been supporting local people to stay living in their home and community since 1987. We are an approved provider and regular participate in mandatory audits to ensure we are supporting and servicing our clients well.
We are proudly locally based and employ local people to support you. Over the 30+ years we have had hundreds of local staff and volunteers support thousands of local people.
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.
How do I use a Home Care Package?
The difference between the home care levels is the amount of care and services that can be purchased i.e. each level has a budget assigned by MY AGED CARE.
For example, more care services can be purchased at Level 4. The Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) will determine the most suitable level for you.
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
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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 Assitance 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
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.