My Aged Care | Home Care Package
My Aged Care | Home Care Package (HCP)
My Aged Care | Home Care Package (HCP) is an Australian Government scheme aimed to support senior Australians to live independently in their own home for as long as it is safe and appropriate to do so by addressing your care needs and goals through the Home Care Package Program.
There are four levels of packages designed to meet the different levels of care needed.
To get a Home Care Package, you need a comprehensive aged care assessment. This is done by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). During your assessment, your assessor will discuss your current care needs and supports. They will decide the best level of Home Care Package for you.
Eligibility is dependent on an aged care assessment conducted by an assessor who:
- Discusses your care needs and then
- Determines the level of care needed.
After you are assessed as needing a Home Care Package, you will be placed in the national priority system. Once you are assigned a package, you need to find a home care provider who will work with you to:
- choose care and services that best meet your assessed needs and personal goals; and
- allow you to self-manage your care and services (if you choose to).
After the assessment is completed, the Government then pays a subsidy amount for the level of the home care package to your chosen home care provider.
Incontinence Aids, Wound Care Products and Assistive Technology can be included within the care package, but the need should be discussed during the assessment process and with the home care provider.
Your Home Care Package can be used for:
- Continence Management: Continence Assessment for, providing, and assistance in using continence aids and appliances such as disposable pads and absorbent aids, commode chairs, bedpans, urinals and catheters.
- Mobility and Dexterity: Providing mobility aids such as crutches, quadruped walkers, wheelchairs and assistance using these aids.
- Management of skin integrity: Providing bandages, dressings and skin emollients.
What other programs can I access at the same time as my Home Care Package?
It may be possible for you to get care and services through other programs that can complement your Home Care Package, such as:
To access this scheme you, your care provider or your family need to contact the My Aged Care by phoning 1800 200 422 or www.myagedcare.gov.au
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