10 tips for applying for a Home Care Package

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If you are applying for a Home Care Package for support while living at home, here are the top 10 tips you need to know to plan and make the most of your funding.

Plan in advance

It’s very easy to apply for a home care package but the process does take time, so make sure you apply and plan well in advance, so you receive your funding when you need it. Eligibility assessment can take 3 weeks so factor that into your planning.

Determine where you will use your funding

There are a lot of ways you can use your funding. The supplement is available to help you maintain your quality of life and autonomy while you live independently. Figure out what areas of your daily life you want funding for and use this to manage your budget. Some areas of support you can use your funding for include:

  • Personal care
  • Social support
  • Meals and grocery shopping
  • Domestic assistance
  • Health services
  • Home modifications
  • Transport
  • In-home nursing
  • Pet care
  • Check-ins and wellbeing
  • Respite care
  • Gardening and maintenance

Check on your available home care levels

There are a range of levels of home care funding that you will choose based on your specific lifestyle and needs. Take some time to look at these options and pick a preferred option.

Look into possible costs

If your financial situation allows it, you will be expected to contribute to the cost of your care so do some research on what fees you will likely pay. This will of course be discussed and agreed upon with your provider.

Find a suitable provider

You will want to feel comfortable with your provider as they will be regularly visiting your home. What type of carer will make you feel most at home? If you know the type of person you can then use CareAbout to help find you the perfect fit.

Start slowly

It is going to be an adjustment with someone entering and leaving your home, so it’s important to not rush into it. Take your time to adjust and try space out your introduction to the new home care. Once you are used to it you can gradually increase visits to suit you.

Plan your schedule

For consistency and for comfort plan a schedule and routine around home care visits. This will let you organise additional errands, tasks and events, and give you a level of agency over the care you are after. It also means you can distinctly separate days with care and days without, so if you have specific tasks you need support with, you know when you need to communicate and plan for that.

Take advantage of interim care

With the wait time, you might want to look for interim care options to get you into the mindset and offer you support that you may need to still wait on. Private care can also be used for additional services that can increase the support received.

Budget and manage costs

Your funding is designed to ease the financial strain, but you will still have regular costs you will need to pay for. Once you have approval for funding plan out a budget that includes this package and take time to allocate finances appropriately. Remember this can be amended later on.

Get in touch as soon as possible

Once you have received your letter approval and an allocated provider, reach out as soon as possible to organise your care package. It is time to get started!

CareAbout is designed to offer support and guidance for aged persons to get the right care for their needs. 

Call us on 1300 826 508.


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