Our Australian Government subsidised home care packages are individually planned and coordinated, tailored to suit your individual needs to remain in your own home or retirement living unit.
One of our care coordinators will partner with you to give you choice and control over how your home care package can assist you to live your best life at home.
A full range of home care packages are available at Barossa Village, from Level 1 (basic level care needs) through to Level 4 (high care needs). You can feel secure knowing that if your circumstances change and you require additional services we will assist you to transfer to one of our higher levels home care packages in an easy, seamless manner. If you are on a high level package you will also have access to nursing care from a Registered Nurse, should you need it.
Home care packages are offered on a ‘consumer directed care’ approach. That means you have control and choice about the support and care you receive. More information on consumer directed care is available by clicking here.
Barossa Village operates a 24 hour ‘on call’ service for home care package clients who require non-emergency care coordination, to give you support and reassurance when you need it most.
Eligibility to receive an Australian Government subsidised home care package is assessed by the local Aged Care Assessment Team in line with Australian Government guidelines.
A basic daily care fee is payable for all home care package recipients, up to a maximum of 17.5% of the basic pension. The daily fee supplements the Australian Government subsidy. The daily fee is payable on a per day basis, irrespective of how many days per week services are received. New home care package clients experiencing difficulty paying the fee can apply for hardship assistance to Centrelink.
New home care package clients who do not receive the full means-tested pension are required to complete an Aged Care Fees Income Assessment for Centrelink to determine if an income-tested care fee is also payable. It is advisable to complete the income assessment after meeting with a representative from the Aged Care Assessment Team.
If Centrelink determines an income-tested care fee is payable, Barossa Village is required to seek payment of the fee and the Australian Government will reduce the subsidy paid to Barossa Village for the package by the same amount.
The first step towards receiving a Home Care Package (HCP) is to provide Barossa Village with a copy of the My Aged Care letter stating that you have either been assessed for or have had a Home Care Package assigned. We will provide you with initial information and ask you whether an Aged Care Fees Income Assessment form has been sent to Centrelink (see Fees above).
Our approach to Home Care Packages
When a home care package has been assigned, we will arrange an initial meeting with you and your nominated representative/s, to provide you with detailed information to help you make a decision.
A care coordinator will arrange a second meeting to:
- Clarify aspects of the home care agreement
- Respond to any questions
- Formalise that you accept the home care agreement terms
- Start the partnership process to learn more about you (including discussing what has been recorded in the ‘This is my life’ booklet) and explore your specific goals for being independent and living your best life at home and
- Assist you to decide what services will achieve your stated goals.
The care coordinator will meet with you again on one or more occasions, if needed, to work with you to finalise your personalised care plan and budget for your home care package. Your care plan will be agreed by you before we commence any services.
If you have complex medical conditions or assistance with medications is required and you are assessed as requiring a Level 3 or Level 4 Home Care Package, a Registered Nurse will also be involved in the initial assessment process.
A fortnightly statement will be provided so you can monitor how your home care package is being spent.
We will contact you at least quarterly to receive your feedback on your care plan and services received. We will meet with you at least annually to formally update your care plan and discuss your stated goals. Where nursing assessments were required, these will be updated at least annually.