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Understanding Level 1 Home Care Packages

Home Care Packages

Updated 14th November 2023

At Kinder Caring, we specialise in providing comprehensive and compassionate care for older Australians. Our focus is on ensuring that every individual receives the personalised support they need to live comfortably and independently at home.

What is a Level 1 Home Care Package?

A Level 1 Home Care Package is a government-subsidised program intended for older Australians who require a basic level of assistance to maintain their independence at home. This package is particularly suited for individuals who are mostly independent but need support with daily tasks.

Although it shares similarities with the Commonwealth Health Support Programme (CHSP), Level 1 Home Care Packages offer more flexibility and control. Unlike CHSP, these packages provide a more ongoing, personalised, and comprehensive approach to care.

Different levels of Home Care Packages

What Does a Level 1 Home Care Package Include?

Kinder Caring ensures that all Level 1 Home Care Packages are tailored to meet the individual needs of our clients. Typically, these packages include:

Gardening and Home Maintenance

  • Gardening: Basic garden care, including lawn mowing and weeding.
  • Home Maintenance: Minor repairs and ensuring the home environment is safe.

Domestic Assistance

  • Cleaning: Regular and thorough house cleaning services.
  • Laundry: Including washing, drying, and ironing.
  • Meal Preparation: Healthy and personalised meal planning and cooking.

Social Support

  • Transport Services: Assistance with getting to and from appointments, shopping and social events.
  • Engagement in Social Activities: Encouraging and facilitating participation in community events and activities.

Financial Aspects of Level 1 Home Care Packages

Budgeting and Financial Considerations

It's important to understand how the subsidy works alongside any additional fees. We at Kinder Caring provide transparent cost breakdowns to ensure you can budget effectively for your care.

What are the costs of your Home Care Package?

Government Subsidy

As of July 2023, the Australian government offers a subsidy of up to $10,271 per year for a Level 1 Home Care Package. This subsidy is directly paid to the chosen Home Care provider, like Kinder Caring, to cover the cost of services.

Fees Associated with Level 1 Home Care Packages

When considering a Level 1 Home Care Package, it's crucial to be aware of the potential fees involved:

Basic Daily Fee

Some Home Care providers may charge a basic daily fee for their services, but you will not be charged this fee from Kinder Caring

Income-Tested Care Fee

The income-tested care fee is a personal contribution towards Home Care costs, set by the government based on an income assessment. As of September 2023, pensioners and individuals with an annual income below $32,331 are exempt from this fee.

The fee varies between $17.97 and $35.95 daily, with adjustments occurring in March and September each year. To determine if you're liable for this fee and estimate the amount, use the fee estimator tool.

Eligibility Criteria for a Level 1 Home Care Package

To be eligible for a Level 1 Home Care Package, you should meet the following criteria:

  • Age Requirement: Generally, individuals over 65 years (or 50 years for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people) are eligible.
  • Residency Status: You must be an Australian resident.
  • Assessment of Need: A determination that you require assistance with daily tasks.

Home Care Package Eligibility

Application Process for a Level 1 Home Care Package

Applying for a Home Care Package can seem daunting, but at Kinder Caring, we make the process straightforward and stress-free:

  1. Initial Consultation: Contact us for a free initial discussion about your needs.
  2. Registration: Contacting My Aged Care to express interest in a Home Care Package.
  3. Assessment: We guide you through arranging an assessment with My Aged Care.
  4. Package Allocation: Once approved, you can select Kinder Caring as your trusted provider.
  5. Package Customisation: Once approved, we work with you to tailor a package that fits your lifestyle and needs.

Preparing for a ACAT Assessment and Home Care Package

Why Choose Kinder Caring for Your Level 1 Home Care Package?

Choosing the right provider is crucial. At Kinder Caring, we offer:

  • Personalised Care: Tailored services to meet individual preferences and needs.
  • Professional Team: Experienced and compassionate carers dedicated to providing high-quality care.
  • Comprehensive Support: Assistance with not just physical tasks but also emotional and social well-being.

Why Choose Kinder Caring for Your Level 1 Home Care Package?

Selecting a trustworthy provider is paramount. At Kinder Caring, we focus on creating a transparent, empathetic, and efficient process for our clients. Our team of experts is dedicated to guiding you through the nuances of Home Care Packages, ensuring a choice that aligns with your needs and preferences.

A Level 1 Home Care Package is an essential resource for older Australians seeking to maintain their independence at home. Kinder Caring is committed to providing exceptional care and support, ensuring that each individual's needs are met with the utmost respect and professionalism. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you or your loved ones in navigating the journey of home care.

About the Author

Olivia is a seasoned professional with an extensive career spanning the Aged Care sector, bringing decades of experience to her role. Her comprehensive understanding of Aged Care services and practices is a testament to her dedication. Olivia’s gratitude extends to those who have generously shared their knowledge and insights with her over the years, contributing to her wealth of expertise.

Olivia’s articles reflect her commitment to practical and informative content. They skillfully combine her industry know-how with real-world insights, providing valuable resources for navigating the complexities of the Aged Care sector. Olivia stands as a reliable advocate for delivering compassionate and effective care to elderly individuals, offering her support not only to fellow caregivers and professionals but also to those seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the sector.

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