A Home Care Package (HCP) is funding given to older Australians through a government-subsidised program with the aim of providing long-term support for elderly individuals who want to continue living independently at home.
There are four levels of Home Care Packages each with a different level of funding. Level 1 is the lowest amount of funding and Level 4 is the highest that an individual can receive. Level 1 is currently around $8k per year and Level 4 is over $50k per year.
The level assigned to you will depend on an assessment based on your physical and cognitive needs and how extensive they are. Funding from your Home Care Package can be used to buy hours of care or other support services which suits your needs and supports you to remain living independently at home.
Once you have a Home Care Package it is yours to keep, to allow you to remain living in your own home.
Home Care Package funds aren’t paid to you directly. Instead, you must choose an approved Home Care Package Provider to administer the funds on your behalf and support you with your care management.