“Home Care” offers four levels of care from basic to high level care based on the person’s needs.
You are able to choose the types of care and services and who delivers these.
The provision of this care is subsidised by the Government although you are also required to contribute towards the costs of this care.
Packages Home Care Subsidy – Visit the Department of Social Services My Aged Care website to confirm the following approximate contributions which and to find out more about Home Care Packages.
- Basic Care needs $7,501
- Low level care needs $13,644
- Intermediate care needs $30,003
- High care needs $45,607
Please NOTE – The level of home care subsidy available will depend on the assessment of your care needs. Some of the factors considered include:
- What activities of daily living you can perform
- Are there any behaviour issues to be considered
- Are there any complex health care needs
Home Care Packages Fees
To receive Home Care you will be required to pay a basic daily fee of 17.5% of the single Age Pension rate.
There is also an income tested Care Fee which reduces the Home Care Subsidy above (effectively increasing the cost of care that you pay).
Your assessable income equals:
- Income as assessed by Centrelink/DVA, plus
- Your Centrelink/DVA pension, less
- Minimum pension & clean energy supplement
Example of Home Care Packages Fees for a Single Person
For a single pensioner there is no income tested Care Fee payable if your annual income is less than $24,731.
Where your annual income is between $24,731 and $47,882 the Care Fee is calculated as 50c/$1 over the income free area capped at $5,000 per year maximum.
Where your annual income is over $47,882 the Care Fee is calculated as 50c/$1 over the income free area capped at $10,000 per year maximum.
There is also a lifetime cap on income tested Care Fee of $60,000.
Home Care Packages Steps
If you want to access help to stay in your own home then you need to follow these steps:
- Obtain an ACAT Assessment to determine the level of care you can access
- Obtain information on home care options in your area
- Determine a suitable home care package for you
- Set goals and plan how your home care will be provided
- Understand the costs and how these will be met, including your contribution
- Commence service delivery
- Re-assess and adjust or exit package depending on your needs
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