Home Care Package
What are the different Home Care Package levels?
If you’re looking to remain in your own home while accessing in-home aged care support, a Home Care Package might be your best option. There are four home care package levels available depending on the level of care the person needs:
- Home Care Package Level 1
- Home Care Package Level 2
- Home Care Package Level 3
- Home Care Package Level 4.
In this article, we will explain the differences between them.
What is a Home Care Package?
A home care package is a government-subsidised package of care and support services that helps older Australians receive aged care and support in their own homes, and can be particularly beneficial for those with more complex care needs.
What are the different home care package levels?
There are home care package levels that Australians can access. Each level comes with a different amount of funding. Depending on the level of care the person needs — ranging from basic care needs (Level 1) to high care needs (Level 4) — the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) will assess and decide the level that is appropriate for the person. Find out more about preparing for an ACAT assessment, to make sure your support needs are met.
- Home care package Level 1 – basic care needs
- Home care package Level 2 – low care needs
- Home care package Level 3 – intermediate care needs
- Home care package Level 4 – high care needs
Once you’ve been deemed eligible for a home care package and the ACAT team has decided which home care package level suits you best, the next step is to choose a provider to identify your care needs and decide how you can use your home care package funding to best support you.
Your service provider coordinates and can provide care management of services. Alternatively, you can self-manage your home care package through Mable to have complete control over who you select to provide support, at your chosen time and rates, and get more hours of care out of your funding. Before the policy of Consumer Directed Care was fully introduced in 2017, participants had to stick with their aged care provider with sometimes limited choices.
With consumer directed care, home care package funding was allocated to the person rather than to the aged care provider. This meant that participants could choose their own service providers and health professionals, potentially save on administration fees and decide – through platforms like Mable – who would support them, when and at what rates. Learn more about Consumer Directed Care.
What can home care package funds be used for?
You can purchase many different support services with your home care package, including:
- Personal care services: this includes assistance with personal activities such as showering, toileting, manual handling, shaving and other hygiene-related care, as well as mobility and communication support
- In-home support: this includes social support and domestic assistance including companionship, shopping, laundry, meal preparation and support to maintain a clean home environment
- Support for continence management: this includes assistance using continence aids or disposable pads, support accessing dementia advisory services and support, as well as hearing and vision loss advisory services
- Transport support: this includes assistance for shopping, attending personal appointments and travel to social activities
- Mobility: this includes costs for crutches and mobility aids such as walking frames, walking sticks and mechanical devices
- Nursing care, allied health and therapy services: this might include occupational therapy, psychology support, podiatry or physiotherapy.
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