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Everything You Need to Know About HCP - Home Care Packages Levels (1-4)

Navigating the world of aged care can be complex, particularly when it comes to understanding Home Care Packages (HCP). These packages are designed to provide older Australians with the support they need to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. This blog aims to clarify the different levels of HCP, what each level entails, and how to determine the best fit for you or your loved ones.


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What are Home Care Packages?

Home Care Packages are government-subsidised packages of care services tailored to meet the individual needs of older Australians. These packages are part of the Australian Government's initiative to help seniors stay in their homes rather than moving to residential care. For a detailed explanation, check out our previous blog on What is a Home Care Package. The services included can range from help with daily activities to more complex health care needs.

The Four Levels of Home Care Packages

Home Care Packages are categorised into four levels, each offering a different subsidy amount and range of services. These levels are designed to match the varying care needs of individuals, from basic support to high-level care.


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Level 1: Basic Care Needs

Service

Description

Funding

Up to $10,588.65 per year

Intended For

Individuals with basic care needs

Hours of Service

Approximately 2-3 hours per week

Domestic Assistance

Light housekeeping tasks such as cleaning, laundry, and basic home maintenance

Social Support

Assistance with social activities, ensuring the individual stays connected with their community

Meal Preparation

Help with planning and preparing meals

Shopping

Assistance with grocery shopping and other errands

Transport

Transport to medical appointments and social engagements

Personal Care

Help with daily personal tasks such as bathing, dressing, and grooming

 

Level 2: Low-Level Care Needs

Service

Description

Funding

Up to $18,622.30 per year

Intended For

Individuals with low care needs

Hours of Service

Approximately 3-4 hours per week

Domestic Assistance

Light housekeeping tasks such as cleaning, laundry, and basic home maintenance

Social Support

Assistance with social activities, ensuring the individual stays connected with their community

Meal Preparation

Help with planning and preparing meals

Shopping

Assistance with grocery shopping and other errands

Transport

Transport to medical appointments and social engagements

Personal Care

Help with daily personal tasks such as bathing, dressing, and grooming

Increased Personal Care

More frequent assistance with personal tasks

Home and Garden Maintenance

Light maintenance tasks to ensure safety and comfort at home

Some Nursing Care

Basic medical care such as wound dressing and medication assistance



 

Level 3: Intermediate Care Needs

Service

Description

Funding

Up to $40,529.60 per year

Intended For

Individuals with intermediate care needs

Hours of Service

Approximately 7-9 hours per week

Domestic Assistance

Light housekeeping tasks such as cleaning, laundry, and basic home maintenance

Social Support

Assistance with social activities, ensuring the individual stays connected with their community

Meal Preparation

Help with planning and preparing meals

Shopping

Assistance with grocery shopping and other errands

Transport

Transport to medical appointments and social engagements

Personal Care

Help with daily personal tasks such as bathing, dressing, and grooming

Medication Management

Ensuring proper medication administration and monitoring

Allied Health Support

Access to professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and dietitians

Aids and Appliances

Assistance with purchasing and using aids like walkers, shower chairs, and other mobility aids

More Comprehensive Personal Care

Extensive support with daily living activities

 

Level 4: High-Level Care Needs

Service

Description

Funding

Up to $61,440.45 per year

Intended For

Individuals with high-level care needs

Hours of Service

Approximately 10-13 hours per week

Domestic Assistance

Light housekeeping tasks such as cleaning, laundry, and basic home maintenance

Social Support

Assistance with social activities, ensuring the individual stays connected with their community

Meal Preparation

Help with planning and preparing meals

Shopping

Assistance with grocery shopping and other errands

Transport

Transport to medical appointments and social engagements

Personal Care

Help with daily personal tasks such as bathing, dressing, and grooming

Medication Management

Ensuring proper medication administration and monitoring

Allied Health Support

Access to professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and dietitians

Aids and Appliances

Assistance with purchasing and using aids like walkers, shower chairs, and other mobility aids

Extensive Personal Care

Intensive support with all aspects of daily living

Advanced Nursing Care

Regular medical care, including complex wound care, injections, and health monitoring

Specialist Health Services

Access to a broader range of health professionals for conditions like dementia or Parkinson’s disease

Social and Emotional Support

Intensive support to address mental health and emotional well-being

 

Determining the Right HCP Level

Selecting the appropriate HCP level depends on the specific needs of the individual. An assessment by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) is required to determine eligibility and the suitable level of care. The assessment considers various factors, including health status, daily living activities, and overall well-being. For a comprehensive guide on ACAT assessments, refer to our ACAT Assessment Guide.

For more information on Home Care Package eligibility, visit our Home Care Package Eligibility blog.

Maximising Your Home Care Package

Once approved for an HCP, it's crucial to make the most of the available funding. Working with a trusted provider like My Companionship can help tailor the services to your specific needs, ensuring you receive the best possible care and support. Regularly reviewing and adjusting your care plan can also ensure that it continues to meet your evolving needs.


For additional resources and support, visit My Companionship, where we are committed to providing high-quality home care tailored to your needs.



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