Do you know what’s included and what isn’t included in your Home Care Package? The basic rule of thumb with Home Care Package funding is that you can use the money for any service or product that will directly assist you to keep living safely in your home.

Sometimes people believe that they can use their Home Care Package on anything they choose – including holidays, paying bills or buying their groceries.

What’s important to know is that there are guidelines which state what you can and can’t spend the funds in a Home Care Package on. A good rule of thumb is that the services needs to address your care needs and goals as documented in your Care Plan. 

What can’t I use a Home Care Package for?

Some of the things you can’t use your Home Care Package for are:

  • Buying a car or other vehicle
  • A new TV
  • Rent or mortgage payments
  • Gambling or entertainment
  • Groceries
  • Alcohol or prescription medications
  • Holidays

Read more about: What Can Home Care Package Funds Be Used For?

Other Government schemes and benefits

If something is covered by another Government scheme, such as Medicare, you cannot use your Home Care Package to pay for it.

What can I use my Home Care Package for?

Home Care Packages are designed to assist you with your day to day living tasks, so that you can remain in your own home for as long as possible.

Home Care Package services include things such as:

  • Vacuuming, cleaning, laundry
  • Gardening and basic household maintenance
  • Personal care such as help showering and dressing
  • Medication management
  • Installation of handrails and other safety devices
  • Equipment such as walking frames
  • Transport to appointments or social activities
  • Respite care

Can I buy a fridge with my Home Care Package?

Typical household expenditures, like buying a fridge, a computer or a TV, are generally not covered by Home Care Package funding. However, if a fridge is crucial for storing medications or specific dietary needs due to health conditions, it may be classified as a necessary health-related expense. Discuss this with your care provider to determine if such a purchase can be included under your package, ensuring it aligns with your personalised care plan.

Is Home Care enough support for your loved one?

Most older Australians prefer to delay or remove the need to move into an Aged Care Home, though this isn’t always a possibility. Thankfully there are some fantastic, quality Aged Care Homes in Australia. If you or a loved one is looking to move into a Nursing Home in Australia, CareAbout is here to help. Learn more.

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