Haisey Home Care
January 31, 2023
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Respite offers support and relief for carers so they can go on holidays or pursue their interests, safe in the knowledge that the person they care for is being looked after. This may be on a planned basis or in an emergency.
This article tells you how it relates to your Home Care Package and the rules surrounding it.
Residential respite care is where an Aged Care home delivers your temporary care. Yes, you may use your Home Care Package funds to pay for respite care, so long as you meet a few criteria:
Australian government funding also pays a respite subsidy and supplement to suppliers for your respite care cost.
If you are planning respite, there are different types available, so it is worth speaking to your provider to find the best one.
Your Home Care Package will be temporarily suspended if a residential care home assumes responsibility for your care.
You will still be responsible for paying some fees while your Home Care Package is suspended- namely, any income-tested fee..
Even if your Home Care Package is suspended for respite, you still need to pay your normal income-tested fee.
If you suspend your Home Care Package due to residential respite care (or transition care), your Home Care Package providers can not charge your daily fee. If your leave is for a holiday or you need to go to the hospital, they still have the option to charge it.
You can receive up to 63 days of respite care every year (or nine weeks). This may be extended by a further 21 days/three weeks with the authorisation of the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT).
Yes, you can use your Government-subsidised Home Care Package to pay for your residential respite care. Your local authority will also pay a subsidy to your residential care provider.
While you can use your Home Care plan for respite care in a care home, you will continue to pay your income-tested fee, but your normal service provider can not charge you the daily fee.
Home care participants are entitled to 63 days of respite care a year- or nine weeks. This can be extended by a further 21 days/three weeks with the authorisation of the Aged Care Assessment Team.
When you’re coming for a respite stay, bring:
If you have any more questions about respite care, your Home Care Packages or our service, Haisey Home Care is only ever a phone call away!