Home Care Packages
What is a Home Care Package?
A Home Care Package is a package of financial support for people to help them to remain living at home as they age.
If you want to stay in your own home as you get older, but need some help with things like cleaning and preparing meals, or with transport so you can go shopping or attend appointments, a Home Care Package may help you.
A Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) Home Care Package is a self-directed option, tailored to your individual needs to help you to remain living at home for as long as possible, while giving you choice and flexibility in the way your care and services are provided to you at home.
The Australian Government provides support to people who are experiencing some difficulty with day-to-day tasks. It requires that you have an assessment by a government-funded body, then an organisation - such as VMCH - assists you with managing your Home Care Package.
You can contact My Aged Care (an Australian Government website) on 1800 200 422 or visit http://www.myagedcare.gov.au/ to learn more about Home Care Packages.
What can a VMCH Home Care Package do for you?
A Home Care Package with Villa Maria Catholic Homes provides you with choice and flexibility catered to your individual needs. Our highly committed team can assist you to remain active and connected to your community by supporting and helping you maintain your chosen lifestyle.
With a variety of Home Care Packages available, our sensitive and helpful staff can assist in finding the best possible outcome for you.
Home Care Package services include:
- Navigating the aged care system and care advice
- Dementia support and advice
- Culturally-specific service options
- Personal alarm support
- Advice and referrals to other services in the community
- Personal care assistance including showering and dressing
- Domestic assistance to help with general household tasks
- Access to Allied Health services including occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, massage and dietary information (also available on-site in Wantirna)
- Gardening and home maintenance
Home nursing services
- Nursing for wound management
- Diabetes checks
- Monitoring your recovery from an illness
- Medication management
- Help with meal planning and preparation - reflective of your cultural background.
- In-home respite services
- Transport to appointments or shopping
- Support to access social and recreational activities
What types of packages are available?
VMCH provides Home Care Packages across Victoria and into the New South Wales Riverina region.
Where you live will determine what level Home Care Package we provide in your area (Level 2, 3 or 4).
Contact our team today on 1300 650 615 for information on Home Care Packages we provide in your area.
How do I access a Home Care Package?
Your eligibility for a Home Care Package is determined by the Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) in your local area. This assessment is free and is conducted in your home by experienced professionals who will discuss what is important to you to help you to remain independent.
How do I know if I am eligible for a Home Care Package?
To be eligible for a Home Care Package, a person must be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS).
The Australian Government requires that people who can afford to contribute to the cost of their care pay an income-tested care fee. You can only be asked to pay an income-tested care fee if you have a yearly income above the following approximate thresholds:
- Individual person – $25,487.80
- Member of a couple but now separated due to illness (individual income) – $25,091.80
- Member of a couple living together (combined income) – $39,561.60.
There are annual and lifetime caps that apply to the income-tested care fee. Once these caps are reached, you cannot be asked to pay any more income-tested care fees.
Additional threshold information can be found on the Department of Social Services website here.
What supports are available if I have cultural or language requirements?
All VMCH Home Care Package services can support people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. We also have culturally-specific services to support people who come from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Why should I choose Villa Maria Catholic Homes?
VMCH is one of the largest Home Care Package providers in Victoria and Southern NSW.
We have been committed to supporting local communities for more than 20 years. Over this time, we have learned that no two people are the same – and that it’s important to recognise, respect and respond to individual needs and preferences.
VMCH is accredited by the Quality Innovation Program and Australian Quality Aged Care Agency.