Registering for in-home aged care
To be eligible for subsidised in-home aged care, you will need to register with the Federal Government’s My Aged Care (MAC).
They will undertake an assessment over the phone and may arrange an in-home assessment too, to determine the best types of services for your situation. At times there is a waiting list for in-home aged care. Registering sooner rather than later may mean the support is available when you need it.
The Commonwealth Home Support Program is My Aged Care’s basic or entry level program for people who need a little bit of support to stay living at home. It is not means tested and the services are subsidised around 75%. You pay the balance out of your pocket.
A Home Care Package can provide a higher level of care and support for people with higher or more complex needs. A budget is assigned for each level and supports are paid for from the budget. Home Care Packages are means tested and you may be asked to make a contribution to your care. The amount is determined by Centrelink.