8. Are you approved or assigned a Government Funded Home Care Package?

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Are you approved or assigned a Government Funded Home Care PackageMany seniors, or their adult children, are ringing us and saying they HAVE a Government Funded Home Care Package…but unfortunately they don’t yet.  What they actually have is approval for a Home Care Package and instead they are on the waiting list, or National Prioritisation Queue, waiting for a Home Care Package to be assigned to them.

I wish the Government would write letters that were easier to understand – especially older people and their busy adult children, but they don’t – so let me explain the difference between being approved and being assigned a Home Care Package.

There are 2 letters sent after your ACAT Assessment for a Government Subsidised Home Care Package.

Letter 1 – Approval from ACAT

Within a week or two of having your ACAT (Aged Care Assessment Team) Assessment you will receive a letter that tells you that you are “approved as eligible to receive a Government Subsidised Home Care Package.

That approval letter often looks and reads like the letter below.

Many people make the common mistake of thinking this letter means they now have a Home Care Package. It’s an easy mistake to make because the letter is written in language you are not familiar with.

This approval letter actually means you are “approved and have now been placed on the National Prioritisation Queue to wait your turn to be assigned, allocated i.e. given your Home Care Package”. That’s what people often don’t understand.

Tip: In our experience, ACAT is sending the approval letters within 2 weeks of your assessment. If that time has passed and you have not received your letter, ring My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 and ask for another copy to be posted or emailed to you. It is VERY common for Elders or other family members to file this letter away without understanding its significance.

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Tip: Now that you have been approved it is the perfect time to start your research and find a New-Breed of Approved Provider, like Daughterly Care Community Services, who you feel comfortable with to administer your Government Funding and provide your support and care so that as soon as you are assigned, allocated or given your Home Care Package you will be ready to start receiving your Government Funded Home Care Services.

Most people leave applying for a Government Funded Home Care Package to well PAST the time they need support, so they need services straight away. You can pay for our support and care privately while you wait for your Home Care Package to be assigned to you. This is how most seniors start receiving services from Daughterly Care. The good news is that the same Caregivers will continue to visit you after your Government Funding comes through, so there is no change in Caregivers – we just start invoicing the Government for your care, instead of you.

To start private services call 02 9970 7333 or complete this form.

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Letter 2: You are assigned or given your Home Care Package by My Aged Care

This letter is telling you, your Government funding is now available to pay for in home aged care.

This letter will also tell you that you have 56 days to choose your Approved Provider.

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WARNING: If you don’t inform My Aged Care which Approved Provider you have chosen within the 56 days deadline, your Home Care Package is automatically resumed by the Government so that they can allocate that Government Funding to another elder.

SOLUTION: Don’t worry, you can ask for a 28 day extension to finalise your choice just ring My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.

COVID June 2022: Many Approved Providers have not been able to take on new clients with a Home Care Package because “living with COVID” means we often have large numbers of our Caregivers off sick with COVID.

The Definitive Guide to Government Funded Consumer Directed In Home Aged Care Packages

1. What is a Consumer Directed Care (CDC) in Home Care Package?

2. How many hours of support or care can I receive for my Home Care Package?

3. What can a Government Subsidised Home Care Package pay for?

4. What are the costs of a Consumer Directed Care (CDC) Home Care Package?

5. What does Consumer Directed Care (CDC) Home Care Package mean?

6. Consumers’ 9 New Rights under Consumer Directed Care (CDC)

7. How do you apply for a Government Subsidised Home Care Package?

8. Are you approved or assigned a Government Funded Home Care Package? Current Page

9. Should Self-Funded Seniors accept a Level 2 Home Care Package?

10. Should Self-Funded Seniors accept a Level 3 or 4 Home Care Package?

11. Should a Pensioner accept a Level 1 or 2 Home Care Package?

12. How do I start my Home Care Package?

13. How do I transfer my Home Care Package to Daughterly Care Community Services?

14. How do I know if the Home Care Package fees I’m being charged are fair?

15. How will Consumer Directed Care (CDC) benefit my loved one?

16. Is Consumer Directed Care (CDC) working?

17. Will Consumer Directed Care (CDC) make it easier for my loved one to stay at home?

18. What happens to the Unspent Funds in my Government Funded / Subsidised Home Care Package?

19. If I hold a DVA Card can I have an In Home Care Package too?

20. Can I take leave from my Home Care Package?

21. Frequently asked questions about Consumer Directed Care (CDC) Home Care Packages

Discover the secret to getting more out of your Consumer Directed Care (CDC) Home Care Package!

Do you have a question that isn’t answered here or just looking for more information? Browse our FAQs.

Need more information? To know more about us, read why we started Daughterly Care, and take a look at our services. Meet the stars of our business, our in home Caregivers and case managers and operations team.

Read unsolicited feedback from our clients. We’re always thrilled to receive such kind words.

The next step is easy … contact us for a confidential chat about your needs or to organise your, free no obligation consultation email claireg@daughterlycare.com.au or call us on (02) 9970 7333.