Home Care Packages come in four different levels. Here is some information on each level, the amount the government subsidises for each level, and an example of what it might look like based on real Focus Home Care clients.
Level 1 – Basic Home Care
This is a basic entry level of care package offering a subsidy of up to $22.35 per day to support individuals who are still independent, but could do with a little help.
Services can include light domestic work, cleaning, laundry or gardening for a couple of hours per week, based on your needs.
Example: Lending Mr Jones a hand
Mr Jones is an active and healthy 67-year-old, however he has moderate arthritis in his hips. Mr Jones has a large house and garden and his doctor has recommended avoiding overly strenuous activities. His Level 1 home care package subsidy covers the cost of a Focus Home Care Worker visiting a couple of hours a week to do the gardening, mow his lawn and change the bed sheets.
If over time Mr Jones’ living conditions change or his arthritis intensifies, Focus Home Care will help him to be reassessed by ACAT to achieve a Level 2 Home Care Package.
Level 2 – Low Level Home Care
This is a low level of care package offering a subsidy of up to $40.65 per day to support individuals who are still relatively independent, but are starting to need a little more support with activities of daily living.
Services can include domestic work, transport services, shopping, gardening, podiatry, physiotherapy, fitness and exercise or social and group classes for up to four hours of support per week.
Example: Mrs Panopoulos: Social butterfly
Mrs Panopoulos is in good physical health but has recently been diagnosed dementia. Her Home Care Package provides her with a dedicated Focus Home Care Worker who attends her twice a week to give her daughter a break, help with light housework and take Mrs Panopoulos shopping. Focus Home Care matched Mrs Panopoulos with a Greek-speaking care worker to make her feel comfortable and encourage verbal and social engagement.
Level 3 – Intermediate Home Care
This intermediate level of care package provides a subsidy of up to $89.37 per day to support individuals requiring a moderate level of care.
Services can include minor home modifications such as ramps and rail installation, personal care and meal preparation, medication support, nursing support, domestic work, transport, podiatry, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, art therapy and social engagement and support for up to nine hours per week.
Example: Getting Mrs Trevethan mobile
Mrs Trevethan has moderate dementia and is recovering from a severe fall, which required her to have hip surgery. Her Home Care Package covers the cost of a Focus Home Care Worker visiting three times a week to assist with showering, grooming and housework, as well as an Art Therapist who visits once a week to help her with some creativity and memory-based activities. After many months, Mrs Trevethan asked if we could help her purchase a mobility aid. We arranged for an occupational therapist to assess Mrs Trevethan’s needs and using her package funds, organised some minor home modifications and a mobility aid.
Level 4 – High Level Home Care
This is the highest level of care package and provides a subsidy of up to $135.87 per day to support individuals requiring up to 15 hours of care, multiple times per week.
Services can include home modifications such as ramps and rail installation, personal care and meal preparation, medication support, nursing support, domestic work, transport, podiatry, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, art therapy and social engagement and support.
Example: Daily care for Mr Lin
As the result of a severe stroke, Mr Lin has limited mobility and requires regular daily in-home care. His Level 4 Home Care Package covers the cost of a Focus Home Care Worker visiting every morning to assist with showering, grooming and domestic work as well as a physiotherapist to visit once a week to help with exercises and maintaining functionality. All of the Focus Home Care workers who attend to Mr Lin know the exercises he should do and help him complete them while they’re assisting him with other things. As a result of our services Mr Lin has been able to continue to live at home with his family.
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