Long-term, coordinated support in your home
A Home Care Package is a type of government funding to help you remain living at home for longer. It is provided by the Australian Government to help people aged 65 years and over to obtain the in-home care and supports they need to stay living safely and independently in their own home for as long as possible.
Home Care Packages are delivered with a consumer directed care approach. This means you are given a budget (funding) to help cover the cost of your coordinated care plan and you decide how it is allocated. This approach gives you more choice and flexibility about the types of services and supports you need and want.
There are four levels of Home Care Package funding:
Who is eligible?
Home Care Packages are available for:
- Anyone who needs coordinated care and support to remain living in their own home
- Younger people with a disability, dementia or other special needs that cannot be met through other specialist services.
There are no minimum age requirements for this package, however it is not available to visitors to Australia or people requiring temporary or short term care.
What is the cost?
The cost you pay will depend on your income and is determined by the Department of Human Services. The funding you receive will vary depending on the level of your Home Care Package and is paid direct to your service provider. Where your personal circumstances allow, you will be expected to contribute to the cost of your care.
Your KinCare Customer Care Manager will discuss the cost of services at your initial consultation, prior to your services commencing.
How do I arrange this funding?
To be allocated a Home Care Package, you must first be assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) or ACAS (VIC only). This assessment will determine your package level. To arrange an assessment, contact My Aged Care by calling 1800 200 422.
If you are currently completing an ACAT/ACAS assessment or you’re about to be, it’s time to talk with us.
Call KinCare on 1300 702 319 to find out more or to get some help navigating the aged care system.
Alternatively, visit myagedcare.gov.au to understand what funding you may be eligible for.