What is home care?
Home care is provided to those generally over 65 who need support to remain independent at home. Home Care services are wide ranging and include help around the home, meal preparation, social support, nursing, physiotherapy, shopping support and more.
You have the option of applying for government funding or paying privately. If you are a self-funded or partially self-funded in your retirement, you may have to contribute to the cost of your support. This fee, called an Income Tested Care Fee is determined by the government.
What is a home care package?
A home care package is government funding that you use for home care services or goods and equipment that support your independence at home and in the community. The amount you are funded for through a home care package depends on the level of home care package you are assigned. There are four levels and level 1 is basic support, going all the way up to a level 4 which for those with high care needs.
How can I get home care?
If you would like government-funded services and in need of support to remain in your home, the first step is to contact My Aged Care. They will help organise an assessment for you at no cost to you. If you’d like guidance on the My Aged Care process you can contact Anglicare on 1300 111 278.
How to get home care referrals?
The first step is to contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422. If you need support with this process, contact Anglicare on 1300 111 278.
Who is eligible for a home care package?
To be eligible for the Home Care Package program, you need to be:
- An older person in need of services to help you stay in your home
- A younger person with dementia or other special care needs that are not met through other specialist services
- Approved through My Aged Care
How much is a home care package?
There are four levels of care and funding.
Level 1 supports with a basic level of support and is valued at approximately $9,000 per year
Level 2 will fund you for $15,750 worth of services
Level 3 gives you $34,250 worth of services
Level 4 home care package, you receive approximately $52,000 worth of care per year
What is the difference between CHSP and home care packages?
CHSP or the Commonwealth Home Support Program is an entry-level home support program. You need a formal assessment which is organised through My Aged Care, as you would for the Home Care Package program. You do not need an income assessment to access the CHSP program whereas an income assessment is needed for the Home Care Package Program in order to determine whether or not you need to contribute to the cost of your care.
On CHSP, you would be provided for the specific individual services you need, whereas a Home Care Package is more flexible. You can book and change the type of services as you need to as well as purchase products using your package funds.
How to choose a home care package provider?
At the start of the process, it helps to think about the attributes you would like to see in a home care provider. Some things you may be looking for include a high quality service, caring staff, broad range of services, reasonable fees and so on. The My Aged Care website contains a list of all the home care providers in your region. Next, you’ll want to sift through and find the providers that align with the attributes you’re looking for, contact them, and then shortlist from there.
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Can home care packages be self-managed?
Anglicare At Home offers you the option to self-manage your home care package. Self-management enables you to select your own care workers, times and days of service, and source suitable products and equipment to enable you to stay living independently at home.
What services can I spend my Home Care Package on?
You can spend your Home Care Package on a range of goods and services that support your independence at home and in the community. These include services such as cleaning, shopping, meal preparation, social groups and respite. Goods include continence products, equipment to assist with socialisation and connection such as an iPad, shower stool, adjustable bed and other mobility and support aids.
How much is private home care?
Our cost page outlines the cost of services under a private arrangement. This means that you pay for these services out-of-pocket and are not supported with any type of government funding.
What is in-home respite care?
In-home respite care is where a care worker stays with the person for which you are caring, in their home, while you take a break. It is available under the government funded Commonwealth Home Support Program as well as the Home Care Package Program. You can also pay for respite care privately.
Can a home care package pay for respite?
Yes it can. Anglicare offers in-home respite where our home care worker supports the client in their home while the carer takes a break. We also have 13 Social and Wellness Centres across Greater Sydney offering fun days of activities, socialisation, trips out and meals. Our overnight respite cottage in Winmalee and Rooty Hill offer short-term overnight accommodation allowing the carer a longer period of respite.
Does Medicare cover home care services?
No Medicare does not cover home care services. If you have not been assigned a Home Care Package or approved for Government-funding under the Commonwealth Home Support Program, you may pay for services yourself.