Home Based Care
For many people, living in the comfort of their own home is an important part of growing older, but for some older people this may become difficult without extra help. This is where ‘home help’ or community care services come into the picture – providing help with everything from housework, meals and personal care, to assistance getting out and about for social activities.
There are many types of home based care services available including:
- Home and Community Care (HACC)
- Community Aged Care Packages (CACP)
- Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH)
- Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia (EACH D).
Home and Community Care
The Home and Community Care Program (HACC) provides a range of basic maintenance and support services for frail older people, people with disabilities and their carers. Services provided through the program include domestic assistance, home modiciations and maintenance, personal care, community nursing, food services, carer support, transport and some allied health services. To find out more, click on the Tasmanian Government website here. You can also learn about HACC from the Australian Government website here.
Community Aged Care Packages
Community Aged Care Packages (CACP) are individually planned and coordinated packages of care tailored to help older Australians remain living in their own homes. The types of services that may be provided as part of a package include personal care, social support, transport to appointments, homehelp, meal preparation and gardening. CACPs are coordinated and planned by an approved aged care service provider who is funded by the Australian Government. To receive a CACP, you must be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) as requiring an equivalent to 'low-level' care in a residential care facility. To read more on CACP, click here. To read more on Aged Care Assessment Teams, click here.
Community Aged Care Packages are very flexible and designed to help with individual care needs. The services provided can change as individual care needs change.
Extended Aged Care at Home
The Extended Aged Care at Home Package assists frail aged people assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) as requiring an equivalent to 'high-level' care in a residential care facility, to remain in their homes. The package provides a high level of care through an aged care service provider funded by the Australian Government.
Extended Aged Care at Home - Dementia
EACHD packages are aimed at those people at the highest end of the community care continuum. EACHD packages assist people with dementia who experience difficulties in their daily life because of behavioural and psychological symptoms associated with their dementia.
Aged Care Australia website
Comprehensive, user friendly information about aged care in Australia.
Commonwealth Carelink Centres are information centres for older people, people with disabilities and those who provide care and services. Centres provide free and confidential information on community aged care, disability and other support services available locally, interstate or anywhere within Australia.
Aged Care Assessment Teams
ACATS help older people and their carers work out what kind of care will best meet their needs when they are no longer able to manage at home without assistance.
Residential Aged Care
Read more about residential aged care in this website.
Aged Care Guide
Guide to aged care offering information regarding residential & community aged care, retirement living and a variety of aged care services and products.
Call the Aged Care Information Line: 1800 500 853
Visit ACST Members
ACST members deliver residential aged care, community aged care packages and own and manage retirement villages.