Different level of Home Care Packages available in Australia

What are the four levels of home care Packages? 

Home care packages are available in four levels. These packages are framed to meet the requirements of individual personal circumstances on daily basis.

On the aged care assessment, the examiner shall fluently discuss the present status of need and determine the best-suited level to cope with the demand. The level of home care package shall be assigned according to the ACAT assessment.

In short, this is a coordinated package of care and service which allows senior citizens, disabled individuals to live independently in their own place. By taking the package one can take several benefits associated with it such as;

  • Managing your own service and care
  • Selecting service and care that meets every need and goals

To reach the demand home care packages are available in four levels.

  • Level 1: basic care needs
  • Level 2: low-level care needs
  • Level 3: intermediate care needs
  • Level 4: high-level care needs

During the assessment, the assessor shall discuss the current necessity and then allocate the packages.

How can the funds for the home care package be used?

Under home care packages, one can take different services, however, the package fund cannot be used as a general source of income such as day-to-day bills, mortgage payments, food payments,s or rent.

But the type of service that one can purchase are:

  • Telehealth: Use of digital technology and video conferencing for appropriate and on-time care.
  • Preparation of meal & diet: Assistance in preparing meals by following nutrients, and special diets.
  • Nursing and therapy services: This may include podiatry, speech therapy, physiotherapy, or occupational and clinical services.
  • Personal assistance: Help in daily shopping, attending social activities, and visiting health practitioners.
  • Dexterity and mobility: Offering quadruped, walking frames, mechanical devices for lifting slide sheets, tri-pillows, and pressure-relieving mattresses.

Level 1 home care packages

This package is designed to assist individuals who are seeking basic level care. Here basic level care includes ordinary activities including;

  • Meal preparation
  • Personal care
  • Social support
  • Domestic support
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the price for the Level 1 home care packages?

As there are four levels of a home care package, the Australian Government segregates the amount accordingly. The fund released by the Australian Government shall be directed to the chosen home care provider.

The subsidy paid for the home care package relies on the income-tested fee, which is determined during the income assessment.

As per the cost structure released by the Government for Level 1 is $8,750 (the government contribution increases every year.)

The Level 1 holder can reap benefits even from minor support. This package is suitable for those who do not want to get admitted to a residential aged care home. To gain this one, one needs to undergo through Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT), to determine the eligibility.

Nowadays, every Level 1 package is offered under the Consumer Directed Care (CDC) Model.

Level 2 Home Care Packages

It covers home care and home help services. The aim of the level 2 home care package is to support people with low-level needs.  This HCP2 includes;

  • Nursing care
  • Domestic assistance
  • Loan of basic care equipment
  • Social support
  • Personal care
  • Meal preparation
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the price for the Level 2 home care packages?

As per the revised fund structure forecasted by the Australian Government, the price for the Level 2 home care packages is $15, 250 (the contribution is expected to increase every year).  The amount funded by the Australian Government shall be directly paid to the chosen home care service provider.

Every Level 2 home care package is offered under the new Consumer Directed Care (CDC) model, which gives full control over the amount spent.

What does a Level 3 home care package Include?

The package supports the intermediate care level needs and is also funded by the Australian Government. The HCP3 packages include:

  • Domestic assistance
  • Social support
  • Household assistance
  • Personal care
  • Medication management
  • Nursing support
  • Aid in changing behavior and memory
  • Shopping / Transportation
  • Meal preparation

What is the price for the Level 3 home care packages?

Every year the contribution amount increases. However, as per the revised fund structure issued by the Australian Government as of 2019, July 1 is $33,500.

This package is suitable for individuals recovering from surgery, and who are looking out for nursing care in their own residence.

To get hold of the HCP 3, you need to go through the Aged Care Assessment. This determines the eligibility for the level 3 packages.

Level 4 Home Care Packages

Level 4 home care packages are intended for the people who are looking for a higher level of care needs. This package includes:

  • Shopping/ Transport
  • Social support
  • Meal preparation
  • Domestic assistance
  • Personal care
  • Nursing care
  • Medication management
  • Allied health support
  • Aid in every changing behavior

What is the price for the level 4 home care packages?

The Government subsidy available for the level 4 package is $50,750, as of 2019, July 1.  This one is suitable for people with complex needs. Before availing of the package, one needs to take an assessment conducted by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT).

Further, the home care package depends upon the income assessment care fee, which is identified during your income assessment.

Your home care package intends to meet specific care needs. Wise Choice in Home Care provides complete home care service. We offer end-to-end consulting service to navigating complexities in available home care packages. Our consultant is ready to help you, just call us +61 2 8704 6271

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