A Home Care Package is a combination of care, support and clinical services to help you continue living in your home. You may receive these services if you do not get the same service from us.
We don't directly provide Home Care Packages, but you may need to come to us so we can work out how much you'll need to pay.
To work out what kind of care you'll need, you should contact the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) for an assessment, or Aged Care Assessment Services (ACAS) in Victoria on 1800 200 422.
You can also apply for an assessment online or on behalf of someone else by using the Apply for an Assessment online form as an alternative to calling the My Aged Care contact centre.
Before you receive a Home Care Package, you'll need to have your income assessed. This assessment will help to work out how much you can contribute to your care.
You may need to pay:
- a basic fee which all care recipients pay; and
- an income tested fee if appropriate
Your income will be assessed by us or by My Aged Care, depending on what payments you receive. You should come to us for your assessment if you're receiving:
You should also come to us if you're an Australian ex-prisoner of war or Victoria Cross recipient, because we will pay your basic daily fee and income -tested care fee.
In all other cases you should contact My Aged Care for your income assessment.
You will most likely need to fill out and return a form showing your income.
You can request an auto-assessment if:
- you're receiving a Service Pension, Age Pension or Income Support Supplement; and
- your income details are up to date with us
If you're receiving a Service Pension, Age Pension or Income Support Supplement and your income details aren't up to date with us, you can contact us to update them. When you've done this, we can auto-assess your case.
You can also use this form for any aged care income assessments; you will need to complete and mail it to us with all required documents.
Commonwealth Home Support Program
The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) helps senior Australians access basic support services to live independently and safely at home.
Short-term restorative care
A 12-week help at home program to help you manage and adapt to your changing needs.
A short-term program to help you regain your independence after a hospital stay.
- If we don't have your current income details, you may need to pay the maximum fees for your Home Care Package.
- If you have a complaint about the quality of your care, you can contact the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner.
- If you receive the maximum rate of Service Pension, Age Pension or Income Support Supplement, you'll only be asked to pay the basic daily fee.