There are four different levels of Home Care Package, with Level 1 offering the lowest amount of funding and care and Level 4 the highest.

Home Care Package funds are not paid directly to you and are instead distributed to your provider on a monthly basis.

Your chosen provider is able to access these funds to pay for the hours of care, support and administration and advice they give you.

What is a Level 1 Home Care Package?

A Level 1 Home Care Package is designed to support people who have basic level care needs. The amount of funding per year for this level of package is $8,786.

Those with a Level 1 Package are still independent and are able to perform most day-to-day tasks on their own. Some of the common services used by those with a Level 1 Home Care Package are:

  • Domestic assistance
  • Social support
  • Meal preparation
  • Shopping
  • Transport
  • Personal care

A Level 1 Home Care Package will give you approximately 2.5 hours of support per week, depending on your particular provider’s fees. Most of the customers we speak to choose to use this for weekly household cleaning and fortnightly or monthly gardening duties.

What is a Level 2 Home Care Package?

A Level 2 Home Care Package is aimed at supporting people who have low-level care needs. The amount of funding received by those with a Level 2 Home Care Package is $15,458 per year.

Those who have a Level 2 Home Care Package require a little bit of care, but are still able to perform a lot of tasks around the home themselves. A Level 2 Home Care Package can be used for services such as the following (as well as much more):

  • Personal care
  • Domestic assistance
  • Loan of basic care equipment
  • Social support
  • Meal preparation
  • Shopping
  • Transport
  • Basic home & garden maintenance
  • Some nursing care

This amount of funding will give you approximately 4.5 hours of care and support per week, depending on your particular provider’s fees. Most of the customers we speak to choose to use this for some personal care, household cleaning, transport and gardening duties.

What is a Level 3 Home Care Package?

A Level 3 Home Care Package supports people who have intermediate level care needs and need quite a bit more support than Levels 1 and 2 in order to remain safely in their home.

With a Level 3, you’ll receive $33,638 per year to go towards your Home Care, and might choose to access the following:

  • Personal care
  • Domestic assistance
  • Household assistance
  • Assistance with aids and appliances
  • Social support
  • Meal preparation
  • Medication management
  • Nursing support
  • Allied health support
  • Shopping
  • Transport
  • Support with changes to memory and/or behaviour

A Level 3 Home Care Package will give you approximately 9-10 hours of support per week, depending on your provider’s fees. Generally, those with a Level 3 Package will access more personal care, nursing, or allied health support than those with lower-level packages.

What is a Level 4 Home Care Package?

A Level 4 Home Care Package is intended to support people who have high level care needs. This level of package will give you $50,991 worth of funding per year. This works out to be approximately 14-15 hours of care per week, depending on your particular provider’s fees.

If you or a loved one has high-level or complex care needs, you may be eligible to receive assistance with:

  • Personal care (showering/dressing etc)
  • Domestic assistance (laundry/cleaning etc)
  • Assistance with aids and appliances
  • Social support
  • Meal preparation
  • Medication management
  • Nursing care
  • Allied health support
  • Shopping
  • Transport
  • Support with changes to memory and/or behaviour

Level 4 Packages are often allocated to people who are living with dementia, or Parkinson’s disease. These conditions require a lot of care, and care from support workers who specialise in these complex areas.

Wait times for Level 3 and 4 Home Care Packages

Unfortunately, the wait time for a Level 3 and 4 packages is very long. If you’ve been approved for a Level 3 or 4 Package, you will probably be offered a lower-level package while you wait for your higher-level to become available.

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We recommend that you use all of the available funds given to you with the lower-level package, as this will show that you do in fact require a lot of care. If you aren’t using all of your available support, it may appear that you do not need a high amount of care, and your Level 3-4 approval could be revoked – or your wait time extended for someone who appears to be in much greater need.

Want to know more about Home Care Packages?

Give CareAbout a call on 1300 036 028. One of our Home Care Package advisers will help find the answer to any and all questions you might have.