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What can I use My Aged Care Home Care Package for?

Updated: Feb 27, 2023


Have you or your loved one just received a Home Care Package and are unsure where to start? Do you know what is included and what isn’t? In today’s post, we cut through the noise to let you know how you can use your My Aged Care Package to receive the supports you need in order to stay comfortable in your home longer. Home Care Packages through My Aged Care are just one of the ways in which you can receive affordable care services at home to help with your individual care needs.

So, what services can you get?


Well depending on the level of Home Care Package you receive; at a glance, you can get assistance with various services such as:

  • Bathing, hygiene, and grooming to help maintain your hygiene and grooming standards.

  • Nursing to help treat and monitor medical conditions at home.

  • Podiatry, physiotherapy, and other therapies to help maintain movement and mobility.

  • Meals and food preparation to ensure that you continue to eat well.

  • Help with impairments or continence to help manage conditions and maximise your independence at home.

  • Cleaning, laundry, and other chores to help you keep your home clean and liveable.

  • Home or garden maintenance to help keep your home and garden safe.

  • Changes to my home to help increase or maintain your ability to move around your home safely and independently.

  • Aids to stay independent to help you with mobility, communication, reading and personal care limitations.

  • Transport to get you out and about to appointments and community activities.

  • Social outings, groups, and visitors to help you remain socially intercreative with your community.

In addition to the above, it is essential to note that a Home Care Package should not be used in place of any other health programs you may qualify for. If you require a visit to your GP or your local hospital, these services should continue to be used as and when they are needed.

Despite the many benefits of your Home Care Package, you should also note what cannot be covered, including:

  • Items that would typically be purchased out of general income.

  • Buying food, except as part of enteral feeding requirements.

  • Payment for permanent accommodation, including assistance with a home purchase, mortgage payments or rent.

  • Cost 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.

  • Payments for services and items covered by the Medicare Benefits or the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

 

If you would like to know more about how you or your loved one can use their Home Care Package to stay comfortable in their home for longer, visit www.rloa.org.au/agedcare


Alternatively, to speak directly to one of our of Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s friendly Aged Care specialists, email agedcare@rloa.org.au or call 1300 032 175 today!

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