aged care Funding for home care
The Australian Federal Govenment provides funding for people who would like some support to live independently in their own homes. Different funding sources include The Department of Health and Ageing, The Department of Veterans' Affairs, Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and the National Disability and Insurance Agency (NDIA). Healthcare services and programs are also offered by State and Territory Governments as well as Private Healthcare organisations.
The Department of Health and Ageing services are accessible via My Aged Care. Support can be simple low-level support via the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).
People with more complex care needs may require greater support with a mixture of service types. This support is provided through a Home Care Package (HCP). There are four types of package, level 1, 2, 3, and 4, with the latter being for those with more complex needs. Package supplements are also available and depend on the outcome of any related assessments.
In order to be eligible for assistance, older people must register with My Aged Care and then be assessed by a Regional Assessment Service (RAS) assessor. The RAS assessor may refer you to an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) for consideration of a Home Care Package.
If a person is approved for low-level CHSP support, codes for specific services will be provided. An assessor can assist you to find a suitable service(s) or you can choose your own.
If you have been assessed as eligible for a HCP then you will have been approved. However, you will still need to wait for a package to become available and allocated. In the meantime, you may need to access CHSP services.
When you have been assigned a package you can then choose an approved provider in your area who will be able to assist you to meet your needs.
If at any time you are not satisfied with the services you are receiving, for either CHSP or HCP, you can change to another provider.