For most people, living in the safety and comfort of your own home as you age is important for maintaining your independence. The Australian Government subsidises many different types of aged care services to help you stay at home. My Aged Care http://www.myagedcare.gov.au/ provides a great overview and information about the home care support available.
The first step is you are referred to the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) to have your eligibility and requirements assessed for an aged care package. You or a loved one can also arrange an appointment directly.
Home and Community Care (HACC) program (Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) from July 1) – is essentially available to those who require help with daily tasks, or require basic care to help you stay living in your own home.
- If however, you have more complex needs, aHome Care Package may be right for you. In addition to HACC services, further services are coordinated and tailored to meet your specific needs. If approved for a home care package, you will subsequently be referred to an approved Home Care provider.
A Home Care Package is a coordinated package of services tailored to meet the consumer’s specific care needs. There are four levels of Home Care Packages:
- Home Care Level 1 – to support people with basic care needs
- Home Care Level 2 – to support people with low level care needs
- Home Care Level 3 – to support people with intermediate care needs
Home Care Level 4 – to support people with high care needs