Home Care Packages for couples
Home Care Packages are available to all eligible older adults, whether you're a couple or not. Find out more about Home Care Packages.
If you have a partner, the available Home Care Packages will differ slightly and it is important to understand the differences to ensure the appropriate supplements for you.
No matter your marital or relationship status you are entitled to a Home Care Package, and both members can receive funding for a provider. The difference is that the amount of available funding and the tier for which you are eligible may be slightly different as the income assessment looks at your combined income.
There are some fees that you are obliged to pay to your provider so they can pay their staff and management costs. Depending on your income and type of care you may be required to pay:
The income tested care fee is determined by your needs and financial situation and helps to support the services and management of your home care provider.
A daily fee of up to $17.97 is paid if you are:
You pay a daily fee between $17.97 and $35.95 if you are:
If you require a specific level of support but cannot afford your daily fees you may be eligible to receive additional funding and supplements. Some of these available supplements are:
These supplements will require assessment and may request the appropriate information and documentation to approve the funds. You can speak to the team at CareAbout if you are unsure.
It’s quite easy to apply for your Home Care Package, but it’s important to plan it in advance as the process can take some time. You will need to register with My Aged Care before applying and receiving a face-to-face assessment. After assessment, you will receive an acceptance letter (the assessment process takes around 3 weeks) and then receive your allocation letter which indicates the funding you can now spend. Make sure to research all available providers to find one that you are comfortable with regularly visiting your home.
The funding you will receive will be determined with your assessment and fall under 4 levels.
You can use this funding however you choose depending on what tasks and areas of independent living you require support in.
The providers we recommend have been carefully evaluated and selected so that you know the choice you make is one you can trust.
We are committed to fair fees and to finding providers who can offer you great care for your money.
Our team clearly explains to you how the system works and how to access the support you need.