3. What can a Government Subsidised Home Care Package pay for?
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There are Government Guidelines as to what in home aged care support, services and care your Government Subsidised Home Care Package can and cannot pay for.
This list applies to all 4 levels of Home Care Packages.
|A. Care services||Care can include:|
|Personal care services||Personal care assistance, including individual attention, individual supervision, and physical assistance with:
|Activities of daily living||Personal assistance, including individual attention, individual supervision and physical assistance with:
|Nutrition, hydration, meal preparation and diet||Includes:
|Management of skin integrity||Includes:
|Mobility and dexterity||Includes:
|B. Support services||Support services can include:|
|Leisure, interests and activities||Includes:
|C. Clinical services||Can include:|
|Access to other health and related services||Includes:
Excluded items that your Government Subsidised Home Care Package cannot pay for
The following services or items are outside the scope of the Home Care Packages Programme and must not be paid for by a Government Subsidised Home Care Package (by any of the four levels of the home care).
Clarification About Meals
*Meals – The government subsidy for a Home Care Package can be used to pay for the preparation and delivery of meals. This could be through the consumer’s home care provider, a HACC service provider (for example, under a sub-contracting arrangement with the home care provider) or by a private service provider. However, the consumer is expected to cover, or to make a contribution towards, the cost of the food. The amount of the contribution or fee may be negotiated between the home care provider, the meals service provider and the consumer.
Your Home Care Package can pay for a caregiver to shop for ingredients and to prepare your meals, however the consumer must pay for the food from their own money.
Important Note About Clinical Care
If you need clinical care such as services provided by Registered Nurses or Allied Health staff the Government Guidelines are very clear that clinical care must be prioritised over less essential services such as gardening.