Home Care Package Level 3

Home Care Package Level 3

Home Care Packages are affordable care services, provided through an Australian Government contribution, that help you live independent at home. They can help you with everyday tasks such as getting ready in the morning, doing the laundry or cooking meals. A Home Care Package can also give you an opportunity to stay active with social programs and transport to get you out and about.

Everyone has different care needs, so Home Care Packages are available as four separate levels of care. These range from basic care (Level 1) to low-level care needs (Level 2), intermediate level care needs (Level 3) and high-level care needs (Level 4).

What is a Level 3 Home Care Package?

A Level 3 Aged Care Package is for people with intermediate care needs, but who don’t require complex care. This usually means accessing daily support, whether it’s help getting dressed in the morning, dementia care, nursing services or medication management. The aim is to help you stay safe and comfortable at home, so you can continue living in the community for as long as you choose.

An Aged Care Level 3 Package includes aged care services like:

  • Personal care assistance
  • Household assistance to keep your home clean and tidy
  • Meal preparation and nutrition support
  • Help with the shopping
  • Transport to appointments and activities
  • Social activities and companionship
  • Garden maintenance
  • Nursing services (e.g. wound care and medication management)
  • Independent living aids and assistive technology
  • Home modifications (e.g. installing safety rails in your home)
  • Allied health services (e.g. podiatry, physiotherapy, speech therapy)
  • Specialised support, such as hearing and vision services, dementia care, care for cognitive needs

Home Caring provides personalised Level 3 Home Care Packages for seniors who want to age at home. Based in locations around Australia, our team of professional care workers are dedicated to providing a personalised service that makes a difference to your life. For more information, please get in touch.

How can a Level 3 Home Care Package benefit me?

An HCP Level 3 enables you to keep living at home, rather than moving into residential care before you are ready. By receiving coordinated services such as nursing care, personal care or help with the housework, you can be safe and comfortable in a familiar environment, and help prevent serious health conditions as you age.

A Home Care Package can also enable you to keep living with your family and loved ones, so you can enjoy quality of life and stay close to your support network and local community.

How do I qualify for a Level 3 Home Care Package?

To be eligible for an HCP Level 3, you must be 65 years or old (50 years or older for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people) and need support to live at home safely.

You can apply for an aged care assessment on the My Aged Care government website, or appoint someone to apply on your behalf. An Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) health professional will then visit you, chat to you about your needs, and assess which Home Care Package level is right for you.

If you are eligible for Home Care Package Level 3 funding, you will be notified by mail through an approval letter, with a waiting period before you are assigned a package. While you wait, you can select a care provider who will use your Home Care Package funding to provide you with a care plan that suits your needs. Depending on your personal circumstances, you may be asked to contribute towards your care through two care package fees: a basic daily fee and an income-tested care fee, determined through an income assessment.

Want to know how to prepare for an ACAT assessment? Here’s some information that may be helpful to you.

Home Care Packages with Home Caring

Home Caring provides Level 3 Home Care Packages for those who need intermediate care at home. We’ll work with you to develop a care plan that meets your needs, so you can make the most of your funding. Our services are also adaptable – as your circumstances change, you can change your plan to support you in the best possible way.

As a service provider registered with My Aged Care, we are:

  • Individualised – all of our care plans are uniquely tailored to our clients.
  • Compassionate – we care for people with kindness, gentleness and respect.
  • Professional – we provide high-quality care that makes the most of your package funds.
  • Local – we’re flexible and close by, so we can provide our services at a time that suits you.
  • Collaborative – our dedicated care workers work with you, so you’re always in charge of your care.

To have a friendly chat with someone about our in-home care services and receive expert advice, please get in touch. We’re more than happy to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Home Care Package?

What can Home Care Package funds be used for?

Who decides whether I am assigned a Home Care Package?

What is the difference between the Commonwealth Home Support Programme and Home Care Packages?

What is a Home Care Package?

If you are an older person living in Australia, a Home Care Package can help you access affordable care services in your own home. This can include domestic assistance, personal care, transport to appointments, recreation activities, minor home modifications, meal preparation, medication management, or equipment to help you stay safe and mobile. The aim is to help you live independently in the community for longer, with safety and confidence.

Home Care Packages are subsidised by the government, though you may be asked to contribute towards the cost of your services, depending on your financial situation. It is a consumer-directed program, which means you choose who provides you with care, and allocate the funds from your package to pay for those services.

What can Home Care Package funds be used for?

Home Care Packages can be used to fund a wide range of services to help you live independently at home. Depending on what you are eligible for, you could receive funding for:

  • Personal care – e.g. help with showering and getting ready in the morning
  • Nursing services – e.g. wound care, medication management and help with managing health conditions at home, 24/7 care and supervision, medical care for complex needs
  • Allied health therapy – e.g. podiatry, occupational therapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy, dietetics
  • Help with meal preparation – e.g. help with cooking food, meal kits and delivery services, help with grocery shopping and meal planning
  • Independent living and mobility aids – e.g. help to manage continence, walkers, lift chairs, hospital beds, mobility scooters, wheelchairs and communication aids
  • Home and garden maintenance and repairs, to ensure you can live safely at home
  • Domestic assistance with everyday tasks such as laundry, cleaning, and keeping your home tidy
  • Home modifications so you can continue to live independently, such as installing ramps and safety features in the bathroom, bed rails, or pressure relieving mattresses
  • Transport to appointments, classes and social activities
  • Social outings, group classes, companionship and opportunities to interact with the community
Who decides whether I am assigned a Home Care Package?

To receive a Home Care Package, you need to apply for an assessment, which you can easily do on the My Aged Care website or by calling 1800 200 422. An Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assessor will then visit you at your home, and chat to you about your needs. They will determine whether you are eligible for a Home Care Package, and what level is best suited to your needs.

ACATs are made up of health professionals – e.g. doctors, nurses, social workers and an allied health professional – who are qualified to assess your physical, psychological and social needs, and match them with the appropriate level of support. They will ask you a series of questions, and may discuss your medical history and everyday needs with you. They will also give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about aged care.

Once you have been assessed, you will receive a letter that states whether or not you are approved for a Home Care Package. If you are successful, you will be placed in a queue to wait for a package to become available to you.

What is the difference between the Commonwealth Home Support Programme and Home Care Packages?

Home Care Packages provide a coordinated range of services on an ongoing basis, to help you live independently at home. They are best suited to seniors who need many different care services, such as domestic assistance, transport and personal care.

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) provides just one or two basic care services. It is best for people who can mostly do things on their own, but need short term assistance, or some basic support to live at home. Similar to Home Care Packages, the aim is to work with and support people with everyday tasks, rather than doing things for them.

You can apply for an assessment for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme on the My Aged Care website. If the information you provide sounds like you could benefit from the CHSP, a Regional Assessment Service (RAS) assessor will get in touch to do an assessment that determines the type of supports you need.

Home Caring provides person-centred Home Care Packages for seniors. We’ll match you with a carer who best meets your needs, and work with you to develop a care plan that makes a real difference to your life. For more information, please get in touch.

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