Home Care Supplements

Page last updated: 07 July 2016

The Dementia and Cognition Supplement in Home Care

The dementia and cognition supplement was introduced on 1 August 2013 to provide additional funding in recognition of the extra costs of caring for people with cognitive impairment associated with dementia and other conditions. For further information view the dementia and cognition supplement in home care.

The Veterans’ Supplement in Home Care

The veterans’ supplement in home care, introduced on 1 August 2013, provides additional funding for veterans with a mental health condition accepted by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) as related to their service. Read more about the veterans’ supplement in home care.

Oxygen Supplement

The oxygen supplement is a primary supplement paid to aged care providers of residential care (including respite) and home care for care recipients with a specified medical need for the continual administration of oxygen. This need will normally be met by a concentrator. Read more about the oxygen supplement.

Enteral Feeding Supplement

The enteral feeding supplement is a primary supplement paid to aged care providers of residential care (including respite) and home care for care recipients with a specified medical need for enteral feeding. Read more about the enteral supplement.

Viability Supplement

The home care viability supplement is payable to providers in rural and remote areas in recognition of higher costs of doing business. Read more about the viability supplement.

Top-up Supplement

The top-up supplement is payable to a provider for a consumer who previously held an Extended Aged Care at Home – Dementia (EACH-D) package, prior to 1 August 2013.

The schedule of aged care subsidies and supplements contains the current rate for the top-up supplement.

Hardship Supplement

The hardship supplement is available to home care recipients in genuine financial hardship who do not have income to pay their costs of aged care due to circumstances beyond their control. In general, home care recipients who have commenced receiving a home care package on or after 1 July 2014 need to apply for a hardship supplement.

Home care recipients who commenced a home care package before 1 July 2014 are not eligible for the hardship supplement. Rather, these home care recipients are able to negotiate lower fees with their provider as set out in Section 60-2(2)(c) of the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997. These provisions allow providers to consider the home care recipients other expenses such as high pharmaceutical bills, utilities and other living expenses when setting fees.

Read more about the hardship supplement in home care.

Contacts

For enquiries about aged care subsidies and supplements, email enquiries@health.gov.au

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