In today’s Did you know..? session, we’ll cover what your Home Care Package can – and cannot – be used for…
Your Home Care Package funds should be used to purchase Care and Services that meet your Care Needs, as assessed and established by the ACAT (Aged Care Assessment Team)
Generally speaking, the three main categories of services covered by your Home Care Package are:
- Services to keep you well and independent – including personal care, nursing services, allied health.
- Services to keep you safe in your home – including cleaning, home maintenance and modifications, assistive technology.
- Services to keep you connected to your community – including transport, social support services.
A comprehensive list can be found on the My Aged Care website’s Home Care Packages page:
The Services your Home Care Package won’t cover include:
- items that would normally be purchased out of general income
- buying food, except as part of enteral feeding requirements
- payment for permanent accommodation, including assistance with home purchase, mortgage payments or rent
- payment of home care fees
- payment of fees or charges for other types of care funded or jointly funded by the Australian Government
- home modifications or assets that are not related to your care needs
- travel and accommodation for holidays
- cost of entertainment activities, such as club memberships and tickets to sporting events
- gambling activities
- payment for services and items covered by the Medicare Benefits Schedule or the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
Naturally, if you have specific questions about a service or support structure you wish to be covered by your Home Care Package, call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422; or OPAN (Older Persons Advocacy Network) on 1800 700 600 to discuss your specific need.