What you need to know about Home Care Package Supplements!

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1. The Dementia and Cognition Supplement

Home Care Package holders with moderate to severe levels of cognitive impairment associated with dementia or other conditions may be eligible for this supplement.

It was introduced in recognition of the extra costs associated with caring for people with these conditions.

Initially the supplement rate was 10% of the basic level of funding you receive. As the of 20th March 2019, it will increase to 11.5%.

So, If you are a Level 4 Home Care Package holder, and are receiving $50,000 of funding a year, you will get an additional 11.5% of that amount.

2. Oxygen Supplement

Home Care Package holders with an ongoing medical need for the administration of oxygen, may be eligible for this supplement.

The oxygen supplement was introduced to acknowledge the costs associated with a specified need for the continual administration of oxygen.

The standard oxygen supplement is paid on behalf of an eligible care recipient to cover the cost of oxygen, oxygen equipment and other costs associated with administration of continual oxygen therapy.

The equipment used to provide oxygen must be hired temporarily obtained or owned by the Home Care service.

3. Enteral Feeding Supplement

Home Care Package holders with a specified medical need for enteral feeding may be eligible for this supplement.

Enteral feeding is a method of providing nutrients, including water, through a tube placed in the nose, the stomach or the small intestine.

The supplement was introduced in recognition of the costs associated with sourcing this equipment.

The standard enteral feeding supplement is paid on behalf of an eligible care recipient to cover the cost of formula, equipment and other costs associated with administration of enteral feeding.

4. The Veteran’s Supplement

This supplement provides additional funding for veterans with a mental health condition accepted by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) as related to their service.

It provides an extra 10% funding on top of the basic subsidy amount for the relevant Home Care Package level for eligible care recipients. This will increase to 11.5% of the home care basic subsidy from the 20th March 2019.

5. Viability Supplement

The viability supplement in home care is paid in recognition of the higher costs of providing services in rural and remote areas.

Eligibility for the viability supplement in home care is based on the suburb and postcode of the location where the care recipient receives care and services.

The viability supplement is then paid automatically on behalf of eligible home care recipients.

6. Hardship Supplement

The hardship supplement is available to home care recipients who are in genuine financial hardship and are unable to pay their costs of care due to circumstances beyond their control.

Depending on their situation, they may apply for financial assistance with: the daily fee (which we don’t charge) or the income-tested fee.

Where a Home Care Package holder is granted financial hardship, the Australian Government will pay some or all of the care recipient’s aged care costs.

 

If you think you may be eligible for any of the listed supplements, contact your Care Coordinator on 1300 497 442.

 

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