What is a Consumer Directed (CDC) Home Care Package?
A Home Care Package provides services that can:
- Help consumers to stay at home for as long as possible
- Give choice and flexibility in the way that care and support is provided to the consumer.
There are four levels of Home Care Packages which are designed to provide the care that is needed now.
Home Care Levels 1 and 2 help people with basic or low level care needs;
Levels 3 and 4 help people with intermediate to high care needs.
The Australian Government pays a subsidy to an approved home care provider to provide care and services to consumers. The amount of funding depends on the level of the Home Care Package that is being received.
What is Consumer Directed Care?
CDC is a new care that provides more control and choice about the types of care and services that can be accessed on how the care is delivered and who delivers the care.
CDC consumers will determine the level of involvement they would like to have in managing their own package. Consumers will be provided with a personalised budget so they can assess how much funding is available for services and how the money is being spent.
How to obtain a Home Care Package?
An assessment is required by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) to receive help at home through a Home Care Package. The assessment team are health professionals who help determine care needs and whether a Home Care Package will assist.
If eligible for a Home Care Package, a home care provider will be identified in the local area however a waiting period may exist in some areas.
Once offered a package a care plan will be developed for the services required within the amount of the funding available for the package.
What does a Home Care Package cost?
The Australian Government pays for the bulk of aged care in Australia, but as with all aged care services, the consumer may be asked to contribute to the cost of care.
If on the basic rate of pension, the maximum contribution would be 17.5% of the single pension. If an individual has a higher income they may be asked to contribute a higher amount. This amount is referred to as ‘income-tested care fees. This fee will vary per the consumer's income and circumstances.
The maximum income-tested care fees you can be asked to pay each year is:
• $5,276.08 per year for part pensioners
• $10,552.18 per year for self-funded retirees.
• Full pensioners do not have to pay an income tested care fee, however a base fee may apply
• The maximum income-tested care fees you may be asked to pay in your lifetime is $63,313.28.
The income tested fee is calculated by The Department of Human Services based on your financial information. This means an income assessment form will need to be completed.
If you would like further details on aged care fees or assistance in completing an income assessment form call us on (08) 8532 2255 or visit www.myagedcare.gov.au
What types of services are provided?
Personal care: such as help with showering, dressing, mobility, meal preparation, eating and fitting sensory communication aids.
Support services: such as help with laundry, house cleaning, gardening, basic home maintenance, home modifications (related to care needs), and transport to help with shopping, visiting doctors or attending social activities.
Clinical care: nursing, allied health and other therapies.
Other services: such as remote monitoring technology (where appropriate) and assistive technology, including devices that assist mobility, communication and personal safety where these services are identified in the consumers care plan.
Additional government funding is also available to support people living at home with dementia through a new Dementia and Cognition Supplement. Veterans with a mental health condition accepted by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs as associated with service, may be eligible for a Veterans’ Supplement.
There are also supplements to assist people who have an ongoing medical need for oxygen support, and people who require enteral feeding. The supplements are available with any of the four levels of Home Care Packages.
If eligible, funding will be paid to the home care provider.
For more information about Home Care Packages:
- Call the national contact centre on 1800 200 422, or
- Visit the My Aged Care Website.
MMACG's stand-alone modern well equipped Training Centre is situated on the site of Murray Mallee Aged Care Group's Administration Centre and is available for hire to community groups and corporate organisations.
The room will facilitate up to 50 people seated theatre style and can be set up in various layouts for smaller numbers and individual requirements.
Disabled toilet facilities, access and easy on-site and street car parking available.
Air-conditioning / heating
Large Smartboard / TV
10 Portable tables – seats 8
Ceiling mounted data projector
50 Executive stackable chairs
Laptop with dvd
Lectern / wireless microphone
Wireless internet available
Chilled water unit
Microwave and oven
Urn and kettle
Cutlery and crockery for 50
Rates for Room Hire:
-Half Day $137.50 (incl. of GST)
- Full Day (over 4 hours) $225.00 (incl. of GST)
Board Room for Hire:
Murray Mallee Aged Care Group’s modern Boardroom is also available for hire during business hours Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. It is fitted out with a Boardroom table that seats up to 12 executive boardroom chairs.
Coffee and tea facilities along with a bar fridge is also available for use. A television is available that can be connected to a laptop for presentations.
Boardroom Hire Charges: Negotiated Rate
Indigenous people who are frail and/or disabled are eligible for a Home Care Package in their home after assessment and approval of care by an Aged Care Assessment Team.
Any person may request an assessment by contacting My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or at www.myagedcare.gov.au
Murray Mallee Aged Care can then offer a Home Care Package where a care plan will be developed for the services required.
The assessment team are health professionals who assist in determining care needs and approval for a Home Care Package.