The Home Care Packages Program and CACP, EACH and EACHD package consumers

New Home Care Packages Program

From 1 August 2013, the current Community Aged Care Packages (CACPs), Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) packages and Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia (EACHD) packages will be replaced by a new Home Care Packages Program.

The Home Care Packages Program will continue to be funded by the Australian Government.

Under the new program, there will be four levels of Home Care Packages:

  • Home Care Level 1 – to support people with basic care needs.
  • Home Care Level 2 – to support people with low level care needs.
  • Home Care Level 3 – to support people with intermediate care needs.
  • Home Care Level 4 – to support people with high care needs.

Home Care Level 2 is equivalent to the current CACPs, while Home Care Level 4 is equivalent to the current EACH packages. There is not a specific home care level equivalent to the current EACHD packages, but a new Dementia and Cognition Supplement is being introduced.

What does this mean for existing CACP, EACH or EACHD consumers?

If you are currently receiving services under a CACP or an EACH or EACHD package, you will continue to receive home care services from 1 August 2013.

You will not need to be re-assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT), or an Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) in Victoria, and you can remain with your existing home care provider.

The name of your package will change, but you will continue to receive the same services as you are currently receiving.

Existing CACP and EACH consumers

If you are currently receiving services under a CACP, from 1 August 2013, your package will become a Home Care Level 2 package.

If you are currently receiving services under an EACH package, from 1 August 2013, your package will become a Home Care Level 4 package.

Existing EACHD consumers

If you are currently receiving an EACHD package, from 1 August 2013, your package will become a Home Care Level 4 package.

A Dementia and Cognition Supplement (or a Veterans’ Supplement) will also be paid to your home care provider, together with a top-up supplement, to maintain your current level of funding plus indexation in the transition to the new home care arrangements.

New Supplements – Dementia and Cognition and Veterans with accepted mental health conditions

New supplements (additional government funding) will also be available to help you receive the care you need at home. This funding will be paid to your home care provider.

From 1 August 2013, there will be:

  • a Dementia and Cognition Supplement; and
  • a Veterans’ Supplement for people with a mental health condition accepted by the Department of Veterans' Affairs as associated with the veteran’s service.

The Dementia and Cognition Supplement (or the Veterans’ Supplement if you are eligible) will be paid at 10% of the government subsidy for the relevant level of Home Care Package.

These supplements will apply across all four package levels of Home Care Packages.

If you are receiving an EACHD package (as at 31 July 2013), you will be automatically eligible for the Dementia and Cognition Supplement. The supplement will be paid to your home care provider, without the need for any further assessment.

The Veterans’ Supplement may be paid to your home care provider, instead of the Dementia and Cognition Supplement, if you meet the eligibility criteria and you agree that your eligibility be disclosed to your provider.

Eligibility Guidelines for the Dementia and Cognition Supplement and the Veterans’ Supplement are available on the Living Longer Living Better website at www.livinglongerlivingbetter.gov.au

Oxygen and Enteral Feeding Supplements

If you have an ongoing medical need for oxygen support, your home care provider can receive additional funding through the Oxygen Supplement. There is also a separate Enteral Feeding Supplement.

Currently, these supplements are only available to consumers receiving an EACH or EACHD package. From 1 August 2013, the Oxygen and Enteral Feeding Supplements will be available across any of the four levels of Home Care Packages, if you have a clinical need for these services.

Further information

Additional information about the Home Care Packages Program is available at: www.livinglongerlivingbetter.gov.au

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