Government subsidised in-home care
The Australian Government has two programs that provide subsidised in-home care:
• Commonwealth Home Support Programme for entry-level support
• Home Care Packages Program for more complex needs.
What is the Commonwealth Home Support Programme?
This program provides you with ongoing help with basic household tasks in your home. It provides an entry level of support if you’re having trouble with everyday tasks and think a little support could improve your health and wellbeing.
The waiting time before services can start depends on the availability of providers in your area.
What it the Home Care Packages Program?
This program provides wide-ranging support if you’re an older person with complex care needs beyond what the Commonwealth Home Support Programme can provide.
There are four levels of Home Care Packages you may be eligible for – from level 1 for basic care needs to level 4 for high care needs.
Under a Home Care Package, a range of services are provided that are directly linked to your care needs.
Residential aged care
If you can no longer live safely and independently in your home, you may need to move to a residential aged care home (also known as a retirement home).
Aged care homes provide support services for your health, wellbeing, social life, and safety. They also help with everyday tasks, living arrangements, and personal care.
What services do aged care homes provide?
• Accommodation – a room that includes essential furniture such as a bed, wardrobe/drawers and in some cases a television. Some aged care providers allow furniture such as a favourite chair to be brought from home.
• Day-to-day needs – including meals, laundry, toiletries, cleaning and social activities.
• Personal care and support services – these include mobility aids, nursing and therapy services, help with bathing and going to the toilet, and arranging healthcare and medications.
Many care homes offer extra or additional services such as hairdressing, streaming services, or wider menu choices.
Short-term aged care support can help with day-to-day tasks aimed at keeping or restoring your independence for periods of a few days to a few months. Short-term support is provided after an assessment to determine your eligibility. Its services are available not only as in-home care but also to residents of residential care homes, or out in the community.
There are three types of short-term care:
• Restorative care: Services include helping with medical needs, lifestyle support, mobility and other aids, and transport.
• Transition care: Helps people recover after being in hospital to regain their confidence and independence sooner.
• Respite care: Designed to give you or your carer a break. This includes socialising with others at a day centre, support at your own home, or at aged care homes.