A GP's guide to accessing home care

Assisting patients to access their entitlements can be complicated

Last December, the Federal Government released 10,000 more high-level home care packages enabling more patients older than 65 — or Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders older than 50 — to obtain home-based services.

Home care

The $287 million expansion in funding came on top of an extra 20,000 home care packages added to the Department of Health’s aged care scheme over the previous 12 months.

The scheme funds much-needed services such as personal care, transport, modifications to the home such as hand rails or ramps, nursing, physiotherapy, meals and help

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