The federal government offers support programs for older people that need assistance to remain in their own home and live independently.
Two such programs are:
Commonwealth home Support Program
This program provides “entry level” support, mainly for people age 65 or older or age 50 or older with a low income. Recipients are assessed before entry but once approved, can negotiate with one or multiple service providers, who will deliver their required services at an agreed price. Transport to medical appointments or the shops are examples of the services offered.
Home Care Packages
These require an ACAT assessment to determine eligibility and the package level required (there are 4 levels). The packages can include higher level services and the recipient can select a “provider” based upon the services required and fees charged (these differ among providers). The packages receive government funding and an “income based” means test determines the contribution required from the recipient.
Note: The MyGov website which includes “myagedcare.gov.au” is a good place to compare provider services and costs.