Department of Health Releases Second Home Care Packages Data Report

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This elderly woman monitors her blood pressure independently.

Older Australians who want to remain in their homes can do so with the government’s home care packages. The Home Care Packages Program provides the elderly with an array of support services, personal care services, and clinical care. These enable them to do their day-to-day activities by themselves.

There are 4 levels of home care package provided to eligible Australians. Prior to granting of the appropriate package, the My Aged Care Contact Centre will ask questions. Afterwards, they will determine if one should proceed to the next step. This assessment is done by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT).

Home care packages allow seniors to live independently in their own homes for as long as they want.

Levels of Home Care Packages

Seniors receive home care packages depending on the results of the assessment by ACAT. They know which of these 4 levels of home care packages best meets the senior’s needs:

  • 1st Level  – for those with basic care requirements
  • 2nd Level  – for those with low-level care requirements
  • 3rd Level  – for those with intermediate care requirements
  • 4th Level  – for those with high-level care requirements

Every eligible recipient will get 1 level of the home care package. Each level has an equivalent subsidy amount. The money is paid directly to the senior’s chosen home care provider. However, this only covers part of the elderly’s home care requirements. They may still need to contribute amounts of their own when it comes to other personal care services.

Services Seniors Get from Home Care Packages

The government’s home care packages cover different areas. These include:

  • Personal services such as hygiene and mobility needs
  • Nutrition and diet as well as assistance in using eating utensils
  • Management of continence including the use of aids and appliances
  • Dexterity and mobility aids such as crutches, bed rails, and the likes
  • Allied health, nursing, and clinical services
  • Transportation and personal assistance to help them shop, attend events, etcetera
  • Skin health management such as dressing, topical medications, and others
  • Telehealth needs for better access to appropriate and timely home care
  • Assistive technology such as hearing aids
  • Other aids and equipment

Second Home Care Packages Data Report

The Department of Health’s Report on Second Home Care Packages covers the period from July 1 to September 30, 2017. It acknowledges 4 key areas: assessment and eligibility, national prioritisation process, service delivery, and provider data.

Some notable parts of the report include:

  • 31,698 approved home care packages within the period
  • 23.9% growth of home care demand since March 2017
  • Release of 6,000 higher care packages to address demands for levels 3 and 4
  • An average maximum exit amount of $279
  • 35.9% of provider indicating that they won’t deduct an exit amount starting September 30

The Importance of The Second Home Care Packages Data Report

The Second Home Care Packages Report is beneficial to both the families of the consumers and home care providers. It helps the family be at peace knowing that their elderly loved ones receive proper home care. Likewise, the home care providers receive information on how to run their business better.

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