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Home Care Package Level 2 - What does it mean?

What does it mean to have a Home Care Package Level 2?

A Home Care Package is financial assistance from the Federal Government to remain at home as you age. There are four levels of Home Care Packages available. Your eligibility for a package level is determined following an in home assessment from your local ACAT (ACAS in Victoria) Team.Once you are approved for a Home Care Package you are then placed on a National Waitlist. You will then be notified as soon as your package has been Assigned and you can start receiving care and services.

There are four levels of Government assistance available to people over the age of 65 following an assessment by an Aged Care Assessment Team:

  • Level 1 - basic care needs
  • Level 2 - low-level care needs
  • Level 3 - intermediate care needs
  • Level 4 - high-level care needs.

On occasion people who have been approved for a Home Care Package Level 3 or Home Care Package Level 4, will be offered a lower level package and can still remain on the waitlist for their higher level package to be assigned.

The My Aged Care website states that a Home Care Package Level 2, also known as HCP level 2 or HCP2 is aimed at supporting people with ‘low’ level support needs. But what does this equate to in terms of ‘hours of care’? The annual worth of a Home Care Package level 2 is $14, 632. With Better Living Homecare as your Approved Provider this equates to approximately 4.7 hours of care a week.

Typically Better Living Homecare clients receiving a level 2 HCP have assistance with:

  • Personal care – showering, dressing, grooming
  • Domestic assistance – light housework and laundry
  • Loan of basic care equipment – eg. Shower chair or mobility aides
  • Social support – transport and assistance to access your community
  • Meal preparation
  • Shopping – either with you or on your behalf
  • Transport to appointments and activities
  • Basic home & garden maintenance
  • Some nursing care

For example: A typical week could involve one hour of personal care and household assistance 3 times a week, and a two hour shopping trip each fortnight. This would still leave some funds left over for equipment hire or garden maintenance.

You do not need to receive all or any of these supports and there may be other things you may want assistance with. You and Better Living Homecare will work together to determine what your preferences and needs are. If you need other supports that are not listed here, do not worry. Discuss your needs with your Case Manager and ask them about some creative ways they can support your needs. 

If your preferred services support your health and wellbeing, your ability to stay at home and be connected with your family and community, and support your independence then your needs should be considered. Make sure the supports you have agreed to are included in your care plan.

Better Living Homecare do their best to support you within the limits of the resources available from your Home Care Packages.

To obtain a Home Care Package, the first step is to contact My Aged Care either through their website (www.myagedcare.gov.au) or via telephone on 1800 200 422.

 


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Resources

Helpful Homecare Booklet

This easy to print brochure has been prepared with a view to helping families discuss issues they may be experiencing with their loved ones. It covers identifying when a family member may require assistance to remain at home and the options available. You’ll find tips and advice for family carers and what to look for when engaging professional carers.

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A Guide to Reducing the Risk of Falls

As part of our commitment to assist people to live in their own home and thrive, we have prepared this brochure about falls. It outlines the possible causes of falls, a checklist to identify hazards around the home, suggested home modifications and actions to take should you or a loved one have a fall.

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Aged Care Brochure

28 years ago a group of like-minded caring individuals decided to offer solutions for people to remain living independently in their homes. Better Living Homecare was born. We at Better Living believe everyone deserves to live the best life they can. As a group we are passionate about working with families and individuals to find solutions to improve lives.

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Disability Brochure

Better Living Homecare specialise in providing care and support to individuals with physical, intellectual, sensory and acquired disabilities. We want our clients to feel safe and supported while leading a full life and achieving their individual goals. We understand the importance of matching carers that have the skills, personality and life experience to meet your needs.

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Dementia Facts Brochure

Understanding the person with dementia will help you when planning activities for them. This means knowing the person’s former lifestyle, work history, hobbies, recreational and social interests, past travel experience and significant life events.

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