You can access the Commonwealth Home Support Programme if you are over 65 and need support to continue living independently at home. The minimum age is lowered to 50 in certain circumstances.
For Home Care Packages, you will need to have a care assessment with the Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS). They will consider your unique circumstances and treat every case individually.
You need to get in touch with the government's My Aged Care service. They will organise a care assessment with you, and this will determine what kind of government support you are entitled to. We can also refer you if you would like.
If you aren't currently eligible for government funding, you can still access home care services and pay for them privately. In the future you may be able to have your eligibility reassessed.
Depending on your income and care requirements, you may be eligible for a Home Care Package but you may have to contribute most of it yourself, meaning you will get little or no government funding. This may happen if you have a high income and only need a basic level of care.
If you require more support in the future, your funding may increase without your contribution increasing.
Get in touch with the government's My Aged Care service. They will help you get set up and will organise your eligibility assessment with you. We can also refer you and help you get set up if you would like.
You will need an assessment in your home to determine your eligibility for government funded in-home care. This will be organised through My Aged Care.
If your income is over a certain amount, currently around $26,000, the Department of Human Services will do an income assessment to determine how much you need to contribute to your care.
13 November 2017
Care providers can choose the fees they charge, and we keep ours low, so you get good value for money. Here's what you need to know about Package fees and choosing your provider.