Home Care

Packages

If you need support to live independently at home, you might be eligible for a government funded package for home care services.

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+61 3 9402 9533

Home Care

Packages

If you need support to live independently at home, you might be eligible for a government funded package for home care services.

Call Us For a Quick Chat
+61 3 9402 9533
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Home Care Packages

A Home Care Package is a government-funded package of care and services that helps you live independently in your own home. It is designed to meet your personal needs – whether that involves a lot of support or a little.

Setting up your Home Care Package can be a confusing process, but we can guide you through it and help you access the services you need. Simply call us on 03 9402 9533.

To qualify for assessment, you must meet some needs and age requirements

These check:

  • How much assistance you need with some everyday tasks
  • That you are 65 years or older (50 years or older for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people).


Note: If you are on a low income, homeless or at risk of being homeless, and aged 50 years or older (45 years or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people), please call the My Aged Care contact center on 1800 200 422 to discuss your situation.

You may be eligible if you have:

  • Noticed a change in what you can do or remember
  • Been diagnosed with a medical condition or reduced mobility.
  • Experienced a change in family care arrangements, or
  • Experienced a recent fall or hospital admission.

To get the process started, you will need to contact My Aged Care. They will ask you a series of questions about the difficulties you are having with tasks at home. They may send someone out to assess you for services.

Once you have done this, you’ll receive a series of letters from My Aged Care as your application is processed. The following is a brief explanation of these letters and what will happen at each step.

You’ll receive this letter after you have registered with My Aged Care to apply for a Home Care Package.

This letter is important because it includes your unique aged care ID. Whenever you speak to staff at My Aged Care or a home care service provider (such as People First Healthcare), this ID will be used to confirm your identity.

What next?

  • You will receive a visit from the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT), also known as the Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) in Victoria.
  • The purpose of this visit is to assess what kinds of services you need to help you live independently at home.

You’ll receive this letter after your ACAT/ACAS assessment, if you’re eligible for a Home Care Package. Be aware that this may take up to 8 weeks following your assessment.
This letter:

  • Confirms that you have been approved for a Home Care Package
  • Tells you that you’re now on the waiting list to have a Home Care Package assigned to you
  • May contain a list of referral codes for aged care services, which you’ll need once your Home Care Package is ready to access and use.
 

What next?

  • You’re now on the waiting list for assignment of a Home Care Package.
  • While you are waiting, you have the option of accessing our home care services. Call 03 9402 9533 for more information.

You’ll receive this letter around 90 days before the expected assignment of your Home Care Package. The purpose of this letter is to encourage you to prepare for your package assignment, e.g. by finding an approved care provider and arranging an income assessment with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

This letter will also ask you to opt out of the waiting list (by contacting My Aged Care) if you no longer want to receive a Home Care Package.

What next?

  • Home Care Packages are income-tested, so you will need to have a formal income assessment. Contact DHHS Victoria to arrange this.
  • Please note that you will only be asked to pay an income-tested fee if your income exceeds the pension amount.
  • To discuss how we can meet your care needs as an approved provider, call 03 9402 9533.

This letter confirms that you can now use your Home Care Package, and explains the level of package you have been assigned. There are four package levels, ranging from Level 1 (basic care needs) through to Level 4 (high-level care needs).

IMPORTANT: Once you receive this letter, you will have 56 days to start using your package. If you don’t start using your package within this time, your funding will expire. However, you can request a 28-day extension by calling My Aged Care or we can do this for you.

What next?

  • Now that your funding is approved, you need to enter into a home care agreement with your chosen provider.
  • We can make this easy for you. Call 03 9402 9533 and we’ll arrange a visit to your home to set up a care plan that meets your individual needs.
  • If you need a 28-day extension, call us on 03 9402 9533 or contact My Aged Care. This will ensure that you don’t lose your funding.

In-Home Aged Care

Chances are, you don’t see yourself as elderly, but aged does have its advantages. A Home Care Package is a government subsidy that gives seniors access to home care assistance. This home help for seniors is designed to make life easier and make it possible to live independently in your own home.

Need help with your Home Care Package?

We have more than 20 years’ experience in Home Care Package services, so we’ll work with you to understand your options and get the most out of your package.

Call us and we’ll guide you through the process and help you access the home care services you need

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hOME cARE fUNDING pACKAGE

Funding Options

Level 1

Per Year

$10,588

Basic Level
Funding

Level 2

Per Year

$18,622

Low Level
Funding

Level 3

Per Year

$40,529

Intermediate Level
Funding

Level 4

Per Year

$61,440

High Level
Funding

Find Out More

If you need more information about our home care packages fees, download our price schedule. It has all details you need to understand about our fees.