Government Funded Home Care Packages provide money to pay for in home care to help keep Australian Seniors in their own home, and thereby, delay moving into a Nursing Home or help you avoid a Nursing Home altogether. The fees, set by the Government, are a co-contribution and therefore added to your Government Subsidised Home Care Package funding, and increase twice a year, on the 20th of March and the 20th of September (see new fees from 20/3/2019 below).
There are 4 levels of Government subsidised Consumer Directed Care (CDC) Home Care Packages. (Valid from 20 March 2019 to 30 June 2019)
|Consumer Directed Care Package||Home Care Package Per annum per person||11.5% Supplement* Per annum per person (from 20/3/2019)||Total Govt. Subsidy Per annum per person|
A Government Subsidised Home Care Package is a universal health benefit for all seniors who have ACAT Assessed Eligible Aged Care Needs. Discover how a Home Care Package helps you stay at home for all your days here.
The Home Care Package fees below apply to older Australians who first received a Government Subsidised Home Care Package on 1 July 2014 or after. (If you had a Home Care Package before 1 July 2014 then the Income-Tested Care Fee is NOT payable, and the Basic Daily Care Fee may not be payable.
These fees are set by the Government, not Daughterly Care Community Services.
The 2 fees which increased on 20 March 2019 for Home Care Package clients are:
1. The Daily Care Fee has increased from $10.43 per day to $10.54 per day. That’s 11 cents per day increase for inflation.
2. The Daily Income Tested Care Fee has increased from $29.92 per day to $30.25 per day. That’s 33 cents per day increase for inflation.
If you can’t afford the increase in the Government’s Basic Daily Care Fee or Income Tested Care Fee you can apply to the Government for a Financial Hardship Supplement, which is explained on this page of our website.
The Daughterly Care website has been updated with these changes:
|Name of the Government Fee||OLD cost 20th Sept 2018 to 19th March 2019||NEW cost 20 March 2019 to 19th Sept 2019|
|Maximum Basic Daily Care Fee Paid by all Consumers even full Pensioner (or as agreed with Daughterly Care).
Please note: the Government is discounting this fee from 1st July 2019.
|Maximum Basic Daily Care Fee (BDCF)||$10.43||$10.54|
|You will pay PART of the Income Tested Care Fee if you earn income over these thresholds. More details on this page.|
|Individual Person per Annum||$26,985.40||$27,232.40|
|Member of a couple, separated due to illness (individual income) per annum||$26,465.40||$26,712.40|
|Member of a couple, living together (combined income) per annum||$20,922.20||$21,106.80|
|Maximum Income Tested Care Fee Contribution Caps
Daily cap where part self funded also called part-pensioner where full self funded
|Daily Cap – fully self funded||$29.92||$30.25|
|Annual Cap per annum – self funded||$10,892.89||$11,012.99|
|Annual Cap for part pensioners||$5,446.43||$5,506.48|
These fees are set by the Australian Government Department of Health. Click HERE to access their downloadable PDF where we sourced the figures from.
If you received your Home Care Package prior to 1 July 2014 then here is your fee schedule.
These web pages have been updated to reflect the increased Government-set fees:Avoid the Nursing Home…stay in your home with Government Subsidised In Home Care worth up to $56,067.65 per year per person. Here’s how you apply for a Home Care Package. Make sure you tell your friends how to avoid the Nursing Home.
Educated consumers have more choice and a happier older age
You can remain living happily in YOUR home for years LONGER or avoid the Nursing Home altogether by gaining a Government Subsidised In Home Care Package worth up to $56,067.65 per year, per person to pay for in-home care services.
Book into one of our FREE Educational Seminars in Mosman or Narrabeen. Read all about our seminar on this page. Every Australian Senior who is 75 years or older really should attend our seminar.
Telling your friends how to avoid the Nursing Home is even more important now that it has become public knowledge that aged care in nursing homes is in crisis.
Kylie Lambert B.Ec F Fin
(known to her friends for 30 years as Kate)
Daughterly Care CEO, Co-Founder and Owner