HOME CARE PACKAGES

Home care services can help you remain living in your own home for longer

If you or a family member needs support to stay living independently at home, a Home Care Package can provide you with the help you need.

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Aged Home Care Eligibility

Finding out if you are eligible for a Home Care Package is the first step of your help at home journey.

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Meet the Age Requirement

To be eligible for a Home Care Package, you must be 65 years or older. If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, you must be 50 years or older.

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See Changes in Your Memory or Function

You may be eligible if you’ve noticed a change in what you can remember, or what you can do. This may include a new-found difficulty with getting out of bed, driving, or managing your money.

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Receive a Medical Diagnosis

You may be eligible if you are diagnosed with a medical condition or start to experience reduced mobility. For example, if you begin to find it challenging to walk or take a shower.

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Experience Changes in Your Care Arrangements

If you experience a change in your family care arrangements, you may be eligible for home care service support.

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Require Medical Assistance

You may be eligible if you have recently had a fall or have been admitted to the hospital.

Our Aged Home Care Assessment Process

One

Check Your Eligibility and Apply

The first step in accessing government-funded aged care services is to check your eligibility. This can be done online on the My Aged Care website or by calling their centre staff on 1800 200 422.

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Have Your Assessment

If your application is successful, you will be referred for an assessment. Assessments are done in person, in the comfort of your own home.

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Find Out Your Assessment Outcome

After your assessment, you will find out if you’re eligible for government-funded services and which ones you’re eligible for.

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Home Care Packages

One

Home Care Package Level 1 

Entry-level care designed to provide you with a little extra help around the home or with transportation. This will involve a few visits per week by carers.

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Home Care Package Level 2 

The second level of funding may be right for you if you need more than a basic level of support and more frequent visits from a carer to maintain independence at home.

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Home Care Package Level 3 

An intermediate-level package offers you a higher level of assistance with daily activities, both at home and within the community. With this package, a carer will visit you most days of the week.

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Home Care Package Level 4 

The highest level of at-home care is designed to cater to more complex needs and comprehensive support, should you require it. At this level, carers will visit seven days a week and will take care of almost everything.

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Why Choose JewishCare

Person-Centred Care

We listen to what’s most important to you and your family, working together to tailor your care and meet your needs.

Holistic Support

We know you can only achieve optimal social, emotional, physical, and cultural wellbeing when you focus on holistic support, caring for the whole person.

Expert Guidance

Our Care Managers are always here to guide you through our home care services, helping you to use your home care package funds in the ways that suits you best.

Flexible Services

When your needs change, so can your support. Our extensive range of services and knowledgeable team will ensure any transitions in your care are seamless.

Continuum of Care

We are passionate about ensuring you receive care from people you trust and have built a relationship with. Continuity in your care is important, and we understand that.

Language of Care

Our aged care team reflects the diversity of our community. All our staff members speak English, and many are bilingual to serve our Russian, Hebrew, Polish, and Hungarian-speaking clients.

Family Focused

We work in partnership with you when making decisions about your care. We maintain a family focus to ensure your family or carers are supported, just as well as you are.

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Home Assistance Services

When you need some help at home, receiving support can make all the difference in your everyday life. Home Assistance Services can help you remain living in your home for longer, delaying the transition into an aged care facility. Our friendly support team is here to help, ensuring you always feel safe and comfortable.

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Home Care Services

Once you receive your Home Care Package, we can help administer your funding to the home care services that will meet your individual needs. This may include personal care, home cleaning & maintenance, meal preparation, access to allied health services, medical support, transport, or social outings. If your needs ever change, so can your support.

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What Our Clients Say

  • I am incredibly thankful for the support I have received from JewishCare over the past 8 years.

    My Care Manager, Irina Stepanova, has helped me with everything I need. No matter the time, and no matter the issue I am facing.

    My support workers have helped me with shopping, transport, and cooking, all of which I can no longer do on my own.

    Maria Agaroskina

  • I wanted to say how much I appreciate the respite service I receive and how important it is to our lives.

    Without JewishCare’s help in caring for my husband Ivan, I could not go to work or attend medical appointments each week.

    It’s also a great social time for Ivan, particularly when he is able to attend the Synagogue with his carer.

    Jeskara Gordon

  • After having several falls, my family decided it would be prudent of me to have a personal alarm system in case of an emergency as I live alone and I am 83 years old. I have had multiple joint replacements and my balance is wanting. I did not know where to start and found that the information on several of the appropriate websites did not facilitate a decision.

    I rang JewishCare and was connected to Rolene Nehama, your occupational therapist. She very kindly gave me her time and knowledge, and even introduced me by referral to arrange a fall and personal alarm watch which was exactly what I needed. Thank you JewishCare.

    Beverley

  • On behalf of my mother, I would like to thank you for all the assistance Jewish Care provides.

    Your organisation gave me a hand at a very difficult time for me.

    Our very small family greatly appreciated what JewishCare has done and is doing for Mum.

    She was a child of the Holocaust. She was only 7 years old but remembers so clearly what was going on at that time.  Even now, while she is suffering from mild Dementia, she sometimes talks about it.

    Thank you all for the great job and assistance you provide.

    Rada

  • I don’t know what we would do without JewishCare. They are so caring and efficient as well as being flexible.

    Stella Wolfgang’s daughter Maryla

  • JewishCare sent a lovely occupational therapist who has made my house safe. Weekly visits from JewishCare’s home support staff enable me to stay here.

    Livia Erdos

  • In 1950 JewishCare helped me to migrate to Australia and gave me the opportunity to have a great life here. Then 5 years ago when my wife died JewishCare was there again for me. You never know when you may need help and I am very thankful to JewishCare.

    Jacob Binstok

  • As our needs have increased so has JewishCare’s help. Without JewishCare’s wonderful caring staff we would be in a home for the aged for sure.

    Charles Solomon

  • As I can’t go out by myself, I am so appreciative of JewishCare’s staff who help me to appointments and especially the Russian speaking worker who takes me to the beach or the park each week. That is so important to me.

    Anna Soroka

Accreditation and Recognition

Claims Conference
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
Consumer Directed Care

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for an aged care home care package?

You must first be assessed to apply for an aged care home care package. You can apply for an assessment online or you can call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422. The online application is quick and easy but if you prefer, their aged care assessment team can talk with you about your needs and circumstances and make the application for you. 

The My Aged Care staff are trained to talk to people in a range of situations and are ready to answer your questions to help find the best options for you..

How is the level of care determined for the home care package?

The level of government-funded care you are eligible for is determined during your assessment process and is based on your unique care needs.

Is there any financial assistance or government funding to help cover the costs?

While the Australian Government subsidises a high portion of residential aged care costs, you may be required to contribute towards the cost of your care depending on your own income and assets. Fees and charges levied by residential aged care providers including JewishCare are government-regulated and vary depending on factors including whether you receive an aged pension or are a self-funded retiree. 

Access to your Aged Care Package is determined by Services Australia within Centrelink. They will determine whether you need to pay an income-tested fee and if so, how much this will be. For eligible holocaust survivors, home support under the Claims Conference is free.

At JewishCare, we have an Aged Care Navigator to help you every step of the way.

How often will my care needs be reassessed, and can my package be adjusted if my needs change?

If you’ve had an assessment in the past, there may come a time when you need to be reassessed. It is common that your care needs will change over time, and your package can be adjusted accordingly. If you are in this situation, you can speak to us and we will review your care plan to see what else we can do to support you. If you require a new assessment, we will contact your My Aged Care assessor to organise this.

What happens if I need additional services beyond what is covered in the package?

You can discuss this with your care manager and make adjustments to existing services that may no longer be needed or are now a priority. Some people choose to pay privately for additional services. If you are on a level 1, 2, or 3 package, then your care manager can update your care plan and make an application to My Aged Care for a review of your package level. This might also include the provision of temporary codes of services that can be provided under the Commonwealth Home Support Program.

Are there waiting times for an approved aged care home care package?

Packages are allocated fairly through the national priority system, based on date of approval and priority for care. You are placed in the system from the date stated on your approval letter. For people with a medium priority, the expected wait time for an approved Home Care Package (starting from the date on the letter of approval) is less than 1 month for a Level 1 package, 3 – 6 months for a Level 2 package, 6 – 9 months for a Level 3 package and 1 – 3 months for a Level 4 package.

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