How Can I Apply for a Higher Level Home Care Package?

As we age, we may require additional support to maintain our independence and quality of life. For many seniors, this can involve accessing home care services that help with daily tasks like cooking, cleaning, and personal care. One way to access more comprehensive home care services is by applying for a higher level home care package. In this article, we will discuss the steps involved in applying for a higher level home care package.

How can I apply for a higher level Home Care package

1. Determine Your Eligibility

The first step in applying for a higher level home care package is to determine your eligibility. To be eligible, you must be assessed as requiring a higher level of care than what is provided by a lower level package. You will need to undergo an assessment by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) or a Regional Assessment Service (RAS) to determine your eligibility. These assessments are conducted in your home and assess your level of care needs, health, and lifestyle.

2. Choose a Home Care Provider

Once you have been assessed as eligible for a higher level home care package, you can begin researching and selecting a home care provider. Look for providers that offer services that align with your needs and preferences. You may want to consider factors such as location, pricing, and the quality of care provided. Online directories such as Aged Care Online can provide you with a free, comprehensive list of home care providers that service your area. 

3. Develop a Care Plan

With the help of your chosen home care provider, you will need to develop a care plan that outlines your care needs and preferences. The care plan will be reviewed regularly to ensure that it is meeting your needs and can be adjusted as necessary.

4. Apply for a Home Care Package

Once you have determined your eligibility, selected a home care provider, and developed a care plan, you can apply for a home care package through the My Aged Care website. You will need to provide information about your care needs and preferences, as well as your financial situation. Your application will be reviewed, and you will be notified of the outcome.

5. Accept Your Home Care Package

If your application is successful, you will be offered a home care package. You will have 56 days to accept the package, during which time you can negotiate the terms of the package, including the services provided and the pricing. Once you have accepted the package, you can begin receiving home care services.

Applying for a higher level home care package can be a complex process, but it is an important step in accessing the care and support you need to maintain your independence and quality of life. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can navigate the application process with confidence and find the right home care provider to meet your needs.

Where can I find a Home Care Package Provider?

Home Care Packages are available Australia-wide. To begin your search for home care providers in your area, simply click on your state below:

to find out more about Home Care packages, contact us on 03 9553 0271.


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Darryl Jopling

Senior Adviser

I have worked in the financial services industry since 1982 and as a Financial Adviser since 1999.

I have worked for large Financial Planning businesses, Membership based organisations and looked after the financial planning needs of clients within an Accounting Practice before starting my own business.

I am married, have 4 older children and a grandson and I am keen golfer with mixed results like many .

I have been through many of the strategies I talk with clients about myself and with my family.

I have been through the journey of seeing my parents move into Aged care and negotiated the difficulties and pitfalls of understanding the system for them and this gives me an excellent insight into what is required to assist families at this difficult time.

In a previous roll I used to run retirement seminars looking at Centrelink and Retirement Incomes and how to make these work for you. I have helped many of my clients with Aged Care advice when their parents needed to move into Nursing Homes. For many clients I assist them with superannuation, building wealth and protecting their loved ones with insurance.

I am supported by his, Licensee, Interprac Financial Planning’s in-house resources and ongoing technical, systems and training.

I am committed to understanding your needs and identifying strategies and products to help you achieve your goals.

My guiding principle as an Adviser is to design plans which help to provide my clients with clarity of purpose and the opportunity to build a solid financial foundation.
I will take the time to listen, explain things clearly and keep you informed throughout the advice process.

My experience is complemented by professional qualifications including:

  • Certified Financial PlannerTM Professional
  • Diploma of Financial Planning

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