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Home Care Packages
What is a Home Care Package?
Home Care Packages is a program whereby funding (a subsidy) is provided by the Australian Government to assist older people to live in their own home longer. There are four different levels of packages and associated funding available and the allocation is dependent on the person’s assessed needs
What does a Home Care Package pay for?
The Home Care Package is designed to be flexible and offers a broad range of services so you can choose the services that would benefit you most. Some people need help with domestic tasks such as laundry or shopping, others need transport to appointments or personal care such as assistance with showering or dressing. For the full range of home care package options visit the My Aged Care website.
BlueCross is a registered provider of Home Care Packages, servicing Melbourne, Australia and have coordinated packages for more than ten years.
At BlueCross you will be allocated a dedicated Care Advisor who will work with you to determine you needs and preferences, establish a care plan, and ensure you are getting the most value from your package. Services may vary according to your package level.
How much funding does a Home Care Package get?
Level 1 is $8,044.60 per year or $154.70 per week
Level 2 is $14,592.76 per year or $280.63 per week
Level 3 is $32,082.96 per year or $616.98 per week
Level 4 is $48,772.36 per year or $937.93 per week
(these rates are current as of December 2016, for current rates visit here.
How much will I have to pay for a Home Care Package?
The maximum basic daily fee a provider can charge for a Home Care Package, is up to $139.58* per fortnight. BlueCross does not charge you a basic daily care fee.
*these rates are current as of December 2016, for current rates visit here
Income-tested care fee
An income-tested care fee is calculated by the Centrelink, and applies if your income is over a certain amount.
You can only be asked to pay the income-tested care fee if you have a yearly income above the following approximate thresholds:
• individual person – $25,792
• member of a couple but now separated due to illness (individual income) – $25,324
• member of a couple living together (combined income) – $40,050
There are annual and lifetime caps that apply to the income-tested care fee. Once these caps are reached, you cannot be asked to pay any more income-tested care fees. These caps also transfer over to residential aged care should that be required.
Centrelink will advise how much your income-tested care fee is. It is currently capped at $5,208 per year for part pensioners, and $10,416 per year for self-funded retirees. There is a lifetime cap of $62,498, and this cap covers fees paid for both home care packages and residential care.
Why people choose BlueCross as their Home Care Package provider
BlueCross is a trusted, established provider of aged care services for more than 20 years.
Our carers who provide your services to you are employed by BlueCross. All staff have current police checks and qualifications in aged care. Staff undergo regular training to ensure their skills are current.
BlueCross will help you maximise the benefits from your package. Using our expertise and networks we want to ensure you get the best value for money.
We provide person centred care, we listen to your needs and preferences and we work for you.
BlueCross have a dedicated Care Advisor for each client, ensuring the person you are speaking to knows you.
BlueCross will support you to choose your carers.
We offer an after-hours phone service, so we are contactable if emergencies arise.
BlueCross also operates Aged Care Residences in metropolitan Melbourne and are readily able to provide residential respite when requested.
- BlueCross do not charge you an exit fee should you wish to move your package.
How do the BlueCross Care Advisors benefit me?
Our Care Advisors are all qualified health professionals, with extensive experience in advising and managing home care packages.
Our Care Advisors visit you at home and liaise with you and your family as required
Our Care advisors will work with you to ensure the services you want are delivered to your satisfaction, and reassessed when required.
BlueCross will advocate for your needs and wishes when required.
We promise to respond to your queries as they arise. This ensures you never have to wait too long to speak to someone who is aware of your personalised Care plan and current services.
How do I choose BlueCross as my Home Care Package provider?
If you already have a package, you can call us on 1300 133 414 and we will help you with this process.
If you are still waiting for a package, once you are approved you can ask My Aged Care for it to be provided through BlueCross.
How do I get a Home Care Package?
You will need to get in touch with My Aged Care, who can start this process for you. You, or a friend/family member/medical professional can request this for you. There is no cost to you to register with My Aged Care, or to get an assessment.
You can complete a form online at the My Aged Care website or call them on 1800 200 422
My Aged Care will do a primary assessment with you over the phone.
If your needs aren’t urgent they may arrange to follow up again with you in a couple of months
If your needs are low they may arrange access to Commonwealth Home Support Programme (link), which offers basic assistance such as shopping, personal care and cleaning.
If your needs are more complex, they will refer you for a comprehensive assessment with the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT).
The ACAT member will:
ask your permission to conduct the assessment
ask you if you wish to apply for approval to receive certain aged care services - they will explain these service options to you and if you do want to apply, they will ask you to sign an application form
ask you questions about your day-to-day living activities and if you need help with all or some of them - they’ll also talk to you about your general state of health and specific health conditions; this will help them work out how much and what type of help you need
talk to you about whether they think you need more support so you can keep living in your own home, or if they think you might be better supported in an aged care home
give you information about all of the services that may be available in your local area.
The ACAT will give you approval for an appropriate level Home Care Package. You will go onto a waiting list with My Aged Care for one of these packages to become available. You can take advantage of a lower level package and waitlist until your appropriate level becomes available.
My needs have changed, how do I get a Home Care Package with more funding?
Please get in touch with My Aged Care, they will arrange another ACAT assessment to reassess. A waitlist may apply for a higher level package.