2. What does a Government Subsidised Home Care Package cost? (or how many hours of support or care can I receive from my Home Care Package?)
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What does a Government Subsidised Home Care Package cost? This is one of the most frequently asked questions since de-regulation of the aged care industry started on 1 July 2015. To compare “like with like”, the question you really want answered is, “how many hours of care will I receive from you, if you are my Approved Provider?” Daughterly Care is 100% transparent with our Home Care Package cost. The first table below shows how many hours of care your Home Care Package will pay for when you use our caregivers.
How Many Hours of Care per Week Does a Government Subsidised Home Care Package through Daughterly Care Provide? (from 1/7/2019)
|Home Care Package Level||Hours^ Care Per Week
No Basic Daily Care Fee (BDCF)*
|Hours^ of Care Per Week
With Cognitive Supplement
^These hours are an estimate based on Government Funding, Government set fees such as the Basic Daily Care Fee, paying for Monday to Friday Caregiver services during the day. If you want night or weekend care, Registered Nurse or Allied Health services, mileage, equipment hire and nursing resources paid by your Home Care Package it will use your budget, reducing the hours of care we can provide, paid for by your Government Funded Home Care Package. Before your sign a Home Care Package Agreement with Daughterly Care Community Services we give you a proposed budget and estimated dollar and cent amount that can be spent on care and services, including the hours of care your package can afford.
*If you are a full pensioner and you elect not to pay the Basic Daily Care Fee, then having a Home Care Package does NOT cost you a cent of your own money.
If you are a part pensioner or self-funded, you can elect not to pay the Basic Daily Care Fee, however no Approved Provider can waive your Income Tested Care Fee, which will be advised by the Department of Human Services, via Centrelink.
What does Daughterly Care Community Services Charge for Management and Case Management of your in Home Care Package?
Daughterly Care’s cost for the extra administration, accounting, reporting, care plan documentation, care plan reviews and case management required by the Government’s Home Care Package Program is just 20% pa (and from 1/7/2019 16% for a Level 2). According to Chartered Accountants, Stewart Brown, the average fee charged by the industry is currently 34%pa.
This fee is deducted from your Government Funded Home Care Package and so has already been taken it into consideration in the hours above. You don’t pay this fee from your own pocket.
Major saving for private care clients: If you need to top up your in Home Care Package with your own private care money for additional in home care and support services over what the Government funds, Daughterly Care Community Services does NOT charge any Home Care Package fee on any privately paid, voluntary or top up care fees that you add to your Home Care Package from your private care money. You just pay our private care fees.
This is a major benefit for our clients whose care needs exceeds the Government Funding as our audits of thousands of Home Care Package Monthly Statements found that all the Approved Providers we audited charged the Home Care Package Fees on the private care and voluntary top up fees when the client had a Home Care Package.
“Government Funded clients now have the power that private paying clients have always enjoyed”
Due to brilliant Government Reforms that fully started on the 27th of February 2017, Government Funded Clients now have total control over their Government Funding, including the ability to transfer their Government Funded Home Care Package from their Current Approved Provider to a New Breed of Approved Provider like Daughterly Care Community Services who provides:
✔ Better service;
✔ Better quality Caregivers such as Bettina;
✔ Specialist services, Daughterly Care has 4 specialisations
✔ more hours of care;
✔ and better value aged care solutions that keep you out of the Nursing Home such as overnight care, live in care and 24 hour care.
Daughterly Care doesn’t charge:
- a set-up fee;
- a monthly compliance fee;
- a monthly or review fee;
- a contingency fee;
- a Quality Assurance or Compliance Fee;
- a Home Care Package Management Fee on any privately paid, voluntary top-up care;
- any secret undisclosed fees;
- 10% GST incorrectly deducted from your Home Care Package; or
- any fees on Unspent Funds transferred from your previous Approved Provider to us;
- an exit fee if you transfer to another Approved Provider for Community Care in your home. We only charge an exit fee of up to $500 if you are moving into a Nursing Home or a Group Home and only if there $500 of unspent funds available.
This is the Fee Schedule when your Government Subsidised Home Care Package pays for care
when you need in home aged care over and above what your Government funding pays for.
Effective 10th September 2018. We employ our Caregivers so you don’t have to be concerned by meeting award pay and conditions, superannuation, workers compensation, indemnity insurance, screening and training.
Pay by the Hour In Home Care
|Nursing Assistant / Caregiver||Per Hour|
|Weekdays 6am – 8pm||$62.00|
|Weeknights 8pm – 6am||$67.50|
|Registered Nurse Care
|Weekdays 6am – 8pm||$95.00|
|Weeknights 8pm – 6am||$120.00|
|Sleepover Inactive Care||Per Night||Additional*|
|Any day 10pm – 6am||$165.00||+ 4 hours service*|
Live in Care – Caregiver is On Hand for 24 hours and provides Active Care for 8 hours^ (also called 24 hour presence care)
|Nursing Assistant / Caregiver||Per 24 Hours|
|Monday – Friday||$630.00|
|Public Holiday||Double applicable rate|
24 Hour In Home Care
|Nursing Assistant/Caregiver||24 Hour Care with Active Night Care||24 Hour Care with Inactive Nights|
Read more about our 24 Hour Care
Difference between 24 hour care and 24 hour live in care
|Public or Peak Holiday Care|
|Public Holiday||Double applicable rate|
|New Year’s Eve – From noon||Double applicable rate (excluding Live in Care)|
|Christmas Eve – From noon||Double applicable rate (excluding Live in Care)|
|Minimum Hours Per Booking|
|Pay by the Hourly Caregiver||2 Hours|
|Enrolled or Registered Nurse Service||1 Hour|
|Live in Carer||48 Hours|
|Mileage in Carer’s Car||$1.20 per kilometre|
|Third Party Services||10% processing fee. Please note 10% GST is not deducted from your Home Care Package.|
*The prices shown above, all exclude GST as all services paid by your Government Home Care Package are GST free.