Home care is funded by the Australian Government through the Home Care Packages Program and provides aged care services to people in their own home.
Care recipients generally need 2 assessments to access a government subsidised home care package:
- an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assessment that determines the care recipient’s needs, and recommends and approves suitable services. For example Home Care level 1, level 2, level 3 or level 4, and
- an Aged Care Fees Income Assessment that works out the amount of fees payable
From 27 February 2017, for an approved provider to claim subsidies, a care recipient also needs:
- a home care package assigned by Department of Health (Health)
Read more about the care recipient assessment and approval process on the Health website.
Use the Aged Care Entry Record form – AC021 to tell us if a care recipient has entered either permanent residential care or commenced receiving a Home Care Package on or after 1 July 2014.