Home Care Assistance

I Need a Home Care Package

If you have reached a point in your life when you believe you would benefit from a Home Care Package, there are a number of factors to consider, and ways in which the highly qualified team at Home Care Assistance can help you to navigate what can seem like a daunting process for many.
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I need support but I want to stay at home

Research has shown that most older Australians would rather receive help at home than relocate into an aged care facility* to retain the familiarity of their own home and their independence. This is made possible thanks to Home Care Packages funded by the federal government.

What is a Home Care Package?

Home Care Packages are government funded and tailored to the individual. They are an option for anyone who has care needs and especially helpful when a coordinated approach to the delivery of help at home is needed. They can cover everything from assistance with everyday tasks such as housework, gardening and cooking to more complex services such as personal care or wound care. Home Care Packages are a great option to stay at home for most older Australians with the level of funding increasing with the level of required support.

Who qualifies for a Home Care Package?

In order to qualify for a Home Care Package, you need to be over 65 years of age (50 years or older for Aborigninal or Torres Strait Islander people) and require support in at least three areas of your life. For example: Transport, help with meals and support with housework.

Home Care Assistance is here to support you through the process below. Contact our local team here.

Are there different packages for different needs?

There are four levels of support available with Home Care Packages:

Home Care Package Level 1

  • For basic home care needs
  • Funding for up to $8,750 per year
  • Approximately 1-2 hours of support each week

Home Care Package Level 2

  • For moderate home care needs
  • Funding for up to $15,250 per year
  • Approximately 3-5 hours of support each week

Home Care Level 3

  • For high home care needs
  • Funding for up to 33,500 per year
  • Approximately 6-8 hours of support each week

Home Care Package Level 4

  • For very high home care needs
  • Funding for up to $50,750 per year
  • Approximately 10+ hours of support each week

What if I need help with only one or two areas?

If you only need support in one or two areas of your
daily life, or are looking for extra assistance while you’re waiting for your Home Care Package, entry-level subsidised home support is available through the Commonwealth Home Support Program. Contact our local office and one of our friendly team members will guide you through the process so you can stay in the community you love.

How much does a Home Care Package cost?

The great news is that Home Care Packages are free to fully funded aged care pensioners. Partially self-funded or fully self-funded retirees are also eligible for a Home Care Package. You may need to pay an income-tested care fee, which could be as small as $7 per week. You can estimate your care fee using this link

What if I need extra support above the funding level of my Home Care Package?

Home Care Assistance charges a Basic Daily Rate should your care needs be greater than what is funded by your Home Care Package.

How do I apply for a Home Care Package?

There are four easy steps to getting a Home Care Package

Step 1: Apply for an Assessment

Applying for an assessment is a quick and easy process and can be done online or by calling My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.  You will need your Medicare card handy to complete the assessment. Your GP is also able to refer you for an assessment. If you need some assistance or have further questions about the process, get in touch with Home Care Assistance and our friendly team will be more than happy to help guide you through the process.

Step 2: Attend a face-to-face meeting

Within three weeks of contacting My Aged Care, you will be contacted to arrange a face-to-face meeting in your own home to better understand your support needs. You can find out more about what happens at your face-to-face meeting and how best to prepare for it here.

Step 3: Await confirmation of your Home Care Package

Once you’ve been approved for a Home Care Package, you will be placed on the national queue to wait for a package. The expected wait times can be found here. These times will be shorter if your approval is “High Priority”. 

When your Home Care Package wait time is less than three months, you will receive a letter from My Aged Care letting you know that it is time to find a Home Care Package Provider.  This is the perfect time to get in touch with the team at Home Care Assistance. 

Step 4. Give us a call

The dedicated team at Home Care Assistance works
alongside you to create an individualised care plan. We make it easy to receive the best possible value and care from our service. We know from experience, that carefully listening to you allows us to meet your needs and for you to continue living life to the fullest.

Home Care Assistance is here to help you navigate your Home Care Package to best benefit you. By setting up a call we can assist you through the process. Contact our local team here.

Let us help you

Home Care Assistance NSW North Coast can help. Call Our Local Team today for your complimentary in-home assessment.

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Home Care Assistance North Coast has really put the CARE back into my aged care experience for my mother.Right from the beginning communication with management (David and Meg) has been excellent... with all of my requests and questions answered patiently, promptly and cheerfully.Due to Home Care Assistance's policy of tender care my mother has had hand massages, foot baths and massages, diversional therapy involving music and art, poetry and encouraging Mum to interact positively.Domestic tasks are attended to cheerfully.Blue ribbon service and red carpet treatment for their valued clients. Highly recommended!read more
Our family has benefited from the excellent support and services from David, Meg and the team at Home Care Assistance North Coast for the past couple of years. I had an extensive list of questions... when we were deciding which provider to go with. David answered promptly, and impressed me with his empathy, accessibility (available after hours, weekends), and ability to tailor a package to meet our particular needs. Add to that the best value for package dollars, and it was an easy decision to go with HCA North Coast.The staff employed by HCA North Coast have been excellent. David was able to source staff who were a good match for my Dad’s personality. As our needs evolved, it was easy to change any aspect of the care provided.I am very happy to recommend Home Care Assistance North Coast, for anyone looking for quality care for their loved one.read more
I can't thank the team at Home Care Assistance North Coast enough for their help with my Dad. David led us through the Home Care Package details with honesty and integrity, and they were able to... organise a lawn mowing service as well as a carer to visit Dad.My only regret is that we didn't get to spend more time with the team as Dad has now moved into an Aged Care Facility. Thank you again.read more
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