Tips and advice
The good news is that the Home Care Package program is designed as a consumer directed care model, which means you and loved ones get to:
While some providers may attempt to limit service options, Home Care Packages are intended to give you choice and flexibility, to get the support you need.
A good care manager will help you get the most from your package, but in general you can spend it on anything directly related to your wellness and health that isn’t already funded otherwise, such as Medicare. Services are generally broken in into three categories, with a range of choices available within each, depending on your goals and needs.
Home safety & support
While the list above is a great overview of what Home Care Package funds can be used for, there’s scope for a lot more if you plan well.
For example, if you’re set to have a medical procedure that could limit walking temporarily, you may choose to set funds aside to hire a mobility scooter for a period.
Or if you’ve become concerned about safety at home, you may choose to add a video doorbell or have smart alerts installed that can let
someone know if you’ve had a fall.
Items that you’d normally purchase out of general income, such as groceries or paying for you rent, cannot come out of your Home Care Package funds.
Plane tickets, gifts for family, gambling activities or paying to attend your favourite sporting event are other examples of purchases not directly related to your care – and therefore, not on the list of approved items.
Understanding that you and your family are in the drivers’ seat often provides a greater sense of certainty. Working closely with your care manager will ensure you make the most of your Home Care Package to achieve your goals.
Need support with your Home Care Package?
We’re here to help. Age Up Health provides packages that are designed to keep you happy and healthy at home, where you belong.
Our services are simple.
Expect a single fee and the same friendly face each time. And rest assured that our packages are flexible enough that you can make changes whenever you wish.