Is your loved one eligible for home care supplements and subsidies?

Is your loved one eligible for home care supplements

From supplements to subsidies, read on for Aged Care Decision’s comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about Home Care Packages.

If your loved one has a Home Care Package, but could use further help at home, they may be eligible for a range of subsidies and home care supplements for people with specific conditions. 

Aged Care Decisions have compiled up-to-date information about home care supplements and subsidies that provide extra support. Read on to see if you or your loved one may be eligible.

Dementia and cognition supplements

This home care supplement helps with the cost of caring for people with moderate to severe cognitive impairment due to dementia or other conditions.

It can be accessed by Home Care Package Providers, who can use the supplement to enhance the home care services being delivered to an eligible care recipient.

The daily payment rate depends on the recipient’s Home Care Package level.

To be eligible for this supplement, care recipients must score 10 or higher on the Psychogeriatric Assessment Scales (PAS).

Speak to your Home Care Package Provider if you think your loved one may be eligible for this supplement.

Connect with Aged Care Decisions, Australia’s largest free aged care matching service, if you would like to explore home care provider options.

Supplements

Veterans’ supplement

The Veterans’ supplement provides additional funding for Home Care Package Providers to deliver appropriate care to veterans with accepted, service-related mental health conditions.

The supplement is paid directly to the Home Care Package Provider on a veteran’s behalf. 

No assessment is required, however certain information must be disclosed to Services Australia and the recipient’s Home Care Package Provider.  War widow(er)s and dependents are not eligible for the supplement. 

CAPS funding

The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) helps eligible people with the cost of buying continence products. 

Administered by Services Australia, the scheme makes a direct payment to your nominated bank account (which does not count towards your taxable income), and you can use it to buy continence products of your choice.

To be eligible, you must have permanent and severe incontinence that can be confirmed by a registered health professional, such as a GP, RN, Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist.

Oxygen supplement

Care recipients who have a long-term medical need for continuous oxygen therapy are eligible for this supplement.  It is not available in an emergency or for short-term illnesses such as bronchitis.

Payment is made directly to your Home Care Package Provider, who must have hired, or must own the equipment used to provide the oxygen.

If you are receiving the oxygen supplement, you may also be eligible for an Essential Medical Equipment Payment, which is a yearly payment to help with energy costs associated with running medical equipment in your home.

Enteral feeding funding

Enteral feeding is when a person receives nutrients through a tube in their nose, stomach, or small intestine – also known as ‘tube feeding.’

If you meet eligibility requirement, a daily payment is made directly to your Home Care Package Provider.  This home care supplement does not apply to people receiving oral dietary supplements.

Viability supplement for rural and remote care recipients

This supplement helps with the higher cost of providing aged care services in rural and remote areas. Payment is automatic for eligible Home Care Package recipients and is paid directly to the Home Care Package Provider. 

Financial hardship supplement

If your circumstances have changed and you are experiencing financial difficulties, or you cannot cover the cost of your care due to circumstances beyond your control, you may be eligible for financial hardship assistance. 

The Government may pay some, or all, of your aged care fees and charges if you meet certain criteria.  Specifically for Home Care Package recipients, they may help with your basic daily fee, and income tested care fee. 

To apply for the financial hardship supplement, contact the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.

More ways to maximise your Home Care Package

Reassess your Home Care Package level

It’s important that your Home Care Package keeps up with the care you need to keep you living happily and healthily at home.  If you feel you’re no longer receiving the right level of support, you can be reassessed to receive a higher-level package.  To be reassessed for a higher-level Home Care Package contact My Aged Care.

Review the home care services you receive

Home Care Package funds can be used for a wide range of services and supports to help you live independently at home.  It’s a great idea to periodically review the services you receive versus the services you really need.

Make sure you have the right Home Care Package Provider for you

A Home Care Package Provider should deliver quality service, offer value for money and be there for you when you need them. If your current Home Care Package Provider is not providing the right level of care and service, then switching to another provider is easy, and it costs you nothing.

This is where Aged Care Decisions can help.

As Australia’s largest free and independent aged care matching service, Aged Care Decisions can help you find a Home Care Package Provider that suits your needs, with less stress and running around and at ZERO cost to you.

After asking a few questions to understand your care needs, preferences, location and budget, Aged Care Decisions will email you a customised options report matched to providers that suit your individual care needs. You will also receive unlimited one-on-one support from a dedicated Aged Care Placement Specialist throughout the aged care placement process.

For FREE assistance finding aged care providers contact us on our website.

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  1. Hi
    I am a Social Worker at Eastern Health.

    Can I clarify something which I read ?

    Does Aged Care Decisions also assist people to find a HCP provider? If so, how do you do this?

    I am aware that you assist people to find a place in a RACF, and your support in this resolve has been great

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