Community Based Support Tasmania

Home Care Packages

What is a Home Care Package?

Home Care Package delivers a coordinated package of care to meet your individual care needs. The package provides an allocated amount of funds to allow for more comprehensive support and is tailored to meet individual needs.

 

There are four levels of home care packages.

 

  1. Level 1 supports people with basic care needs;
  2. Level 2 supports people with low-level care needs;
  3. Level 3 support people with intermediate care needs;
  4. Level 4 support people with high-level, often complex, care needs.

 

Home care packages are provided on a consumer directed care basis, this means you receive information about the package funding, including an individualised budget and monthly statements, and really puts you, the client, in the driving seat.

What services can I receive and how do I pay for these?

This really depends on your individual needs.

 

There are a wide variety of services that can be included in a Home Care Package.  Services range from simple domestic tasks and help at home, social and recreational services to more complex community care services.  Services can include things like house cleaning, meal preparation, gardening, home maintenance, personal care, nursing, allied health services, health and safety monitoring equipment, major and minor home modifications, care coordination and case management, just to name a few.

 

Eligible services will be charged to your home care package and these charges will appear on your monthly CBS statement. We have developed a Home Care Package price schedule so you can see exactly how much your package will be charged for the services you receive.

 

Please click here to download the most up to date Home Care Package price schedule.

What is a Home Care package?

A Home Care Package delivers a coordinated package of care to meet your individual care needs. The package provides an allocated amount of funds to allow for more comprehensive support and is tailored to meet individual needs.

 

There are four levels of home care packages.

 

  1. Level 1 supports people with basic care needs;
  2. Level 2 supports people with low-level care needs;
  3. Level 3 support people with intermediate care needs;
  4. Level 4 support people with high-level, often complex, care needs.

 

Home care packages are provided on a consumer directed care basis, this means you receive information about the package funding, including an individualised budget and monthly statements, and really puts you, the client, in the driving seat.

What can I get from a Home Care package?

This really depends on your individual needs.

 

Home care packages can include a wide variety of services both in your home, as well as in the community.  Services can include things such as house cleaning, meal preparation, gardening, home maintenance, personal care, nursing, allied health care, home modifications, health and safety equipment, care coordination and case management, just to name a few.

 

A CBS Care Manager will work with you to identify your goals and design a care plan that best suits your needs.

How can I get a Home Care Package?

The first step to receiving a home care package is to contact My Aged Care. There are a number of ways this can be done:

 

1. Call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or an online referral can be submitted using this form on the clients behlf;

 

2. Contact CBS on 03 6208 6600 (South), or 03 6338 1889 (North/North-West) and we can help you over the phone, or you may prefer to email us at cbs.businessdevelopment@cbsaust.org,au; or

 

3. Come in to see us and have a chat.

 

My Aged Care will talk to you about your care needs and identify if a home care package is what you or your loved one requires.

 

If you qualify, a referral will then be sent through to the Aged Care Assessment Team for a comprehensive assessment. The assessment will identify what level of care is required and approve for either a low care (level 1 or 2) or high care (level 3 or 4) Home Care Package.

 

Once approved, you can commence your research into finding an approved registered provider of Home Care Packages that will suit your needs.

 

Community Based Support is an approved registered My Aged Care service provider, and our Home Care Package team are happy to speak to you to help you find solutions that are tailored to your specific needs.

How can I get a Home Care package?

The first step to receiving a home care package is to contact My Aged Care. There are a number of ways this can be done:

 

1. Call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or an online referral can be submitted using this form on the clients behlf;

 

2. Contact CBS on 03 6208 6600 (South), or 03 6338 1889 (North/North-West) and we can help you over the phone, or you may prefer to email us at homecarepackages@cbsaust.org.au; or

 

3. Come in to see us and have a chat.

 

My Aged Care will talk to you about your care needs and identify if a home care package is what you or your loved one requires.

 

If you qualify, a referral will then be sent through to the Aged Care Assessment Team for a comprehensive assessment. The assessment will identify what level of care is required and approve for either a high care (level 3 or 4) or low care (level 1 or 2) Home Care Package.

 

Once approved, you can commence your research into finding an approved registered provider of Home Care Packages that will suit your needs.

 

Community Based Support is an approved registered My Aged Care service provider, and our Home Care Package team are happy to speak to you to help you find solutions that are tailored to your specific needs.

Is there a waiting list?

Once you have been approved for a Home Care Package, My Aged Care will put you on the national waiting list.  My Aged Care will then advise you by mail when you have been assigned a Home Care Package.

 

When you receive your letter from My Aged Care, you will have a total of 56 days to contact an approved provider and commence your Home Care Package.

 

Often services are required until a Home Care Package becomes available. There may be other government funded supports available while waiting for a Home Care Package or we may have other services that can be accessed.

 

Please visit our all services page or give us a call and we can talk to you about what is available. We can also assist you to register with My Aged Care if you wish.

What financial contribution do I make?

There are two types of fees that could be charged for a Home Care Package:

 

  • The basic daily fee, which is up to 17.5% of the single basic Aged Pension; and
  • The income-tested fee, for when your income is above the basic Aged Pension threshold.

 

The good news for you is that you can choose the basic daily fee you wish to pay based on your support needs and services.  The recommended basic daily fee changes in March and September each year, in line with the new pension.

 

The income-tested care fee is an extra contribution that some people pay, as determined through an income assessment. This fee is different for everyone. It’s based on individual income including your pension. However, full pensioners do not pay an income-tested care fee. My Aged Care can give you more information about the home care fees and has a fee estimator to help give an indication of the fees. This is available here.

 

If you would like to talk to someone about fees and charges, or if you would just like to have a chat about how this all works, please call CBS and speak to our Business Development team.

 

What financial contribution do you make towards a Home Care Package?

There are two types of fees that could be charged for a Home Care Package:

 

  • The basic daily fee, which is up to 17.5% of the single basic Aged Pension; and
  • The income-tested fee, for when your income is above the basic Aged Pension threshold.

 

The good news for you is that CBS’s fees are below the basic daily fee to ensure they are affordable and accessible to eligible clients.

 

  • Level 1 basic daily fee is $2.50 per day or $17.50 per week;
  • Level 2 basic daily fee is $5 per day or $35 per week;
  • Level 3 basic daily fee is $7 per day or $49 per week;
  • Level 4 basic daily fee is $9 per day or $63 per week.

 

The income-tested fee is based on the person’s annual income and also includes the spouse’s income where applicable. My Aged Care can give you more information about the home care fees and has a fee estimator to help give an indication of the fees. This is available here.

 

If you would like to talk to someone about fees and charges, or if you would just like to have a chat about how this all works, please call CBS and speak to our Home Care Packages team.

 

We are very happy to help, wherever we can.