Home Care Packages
Do you have a Home Care Package? Curious as to how it could help you? Read on for examples of different types of Home Care Packages based on real Focus Care Solutions clients.
Many older Australians are eligible for a government-funded Home Care Package. A Home Care Package is an amount of money allocated from the Government to assist someone with home care services, such as domestic work, personal care, transportation and rehabilitation. The amount of money allocated is based on the outcome of an assessment by your local ACAT (Aged Care Assessment Team) who are overseen by the Australian Government. Your ACAT assessment determines what level of services and subsidy you’re entitled to.
The client ‘owns’ the package and can decide which provider to use and should have a say in how the money is used. At Focus Care Solutions we pride ourselves on getting the most out of every home care package in a way that is the most useful for each individual client – a plan tailored just for you, with minimum administration fees so that you get more services and value out of your package.
Home Care Package Level 1
Level 1 Home Care Packages are for people who have been assessed by ACAT as requiring basic care, such as light domestic work. A subsidy of up to $22.35 per day is provided and this can cover the cost of a couple of hours of support per week.
Sample Level 1 Home Care Package care plan: Mr Emmanuel is an active and healthy 67 year old, however he has moderate arthritis in his hips. Mr Emmanuel has a large house and garden and his doctor has recommended avoiding overly strenuous activities. His Level 1 Home Care Package subsidy covers the cost of a Focus Care Solutions worker visiting a couple of hours a week to do the gardening, mow his lawn and change the bed sheets.
Home Care Package Level 2
Level 2 Home Care Packages are for people who have been assessed by ACAT as requiring low-level care, usually light domestic work and help getting out and about. A subsidy of up to $40.65 per day covers the cost of around 4 hours of support per week.
Sample Level 2 Home Care Package care plan: Mrs Panopoulos is in good physical health but is suffering from mild dementia. Social support is vital in staving off the effects of her dementia. Her home care package provides her with a dedicated care worker who comes twice a week to help with light housework and take Mrs Panopoulos out to do her shopping. Focus Care Solutions matched Mrs Panopoulos with a Greek-speaking care worker who not only makes her feel more at home, but also encourages her to be more verbal and give her daughter a break.
Home Care Package Level 3
Level 3 Home Care Packages are for people who have been assessed by ACAT as having intermediate care needs, which might include Personal Care and Allied Health. A subsidy of up to $89.37 a day provides for around 9 hours per week of support, if funds are being used for care services only.
Sample Level 3 Home Care Package care plan: Mrs Trevethan has moderate dementia and is recovering from a severe fall which required her to have hip surgery. Her home care package covers the cost of a Focus Care Solutions care worker visiting three times a week to assist with showering, grooming and housework, as well as an Art Therapist who visits once a week to help her with some creativity and memory-based activities. After many months, Mrs Trevethan asked if we could help her purchase a mobility aid with money that had accrued in her home care package account, which we were able to do with the help of one of our Physiotherapists.
Home Care Package Level 4
Level 4 Home Care Packages are for people who have been assessed by ACAT as requiring high level care, which might include home nursing, rehabilitation and personal care. A subsidy of up to $135.87 a day can provide up to 15 hours per week of support, if funds are used for direct care services only.
Sample Level 4 Home Care Package Plan: Mr Lin suffered a severe stroke and has limited mobility. His home care package covers the cost of a Focus Care Solutions Care Worker visiting every morning to assist with his showering, grooming and domestic work. A physiotherapist visits once a week to help Mr Lin with exercises and maintaining functionality. All the care workers who see Mr Lin know the exercises he should do and help him do them while they’re assisting him with other things.