Some providers will charge you a one off set up or entry fee. This is generally the cost of a staff member to set up your account with the provider. At ComLink, we do not charge clients an entry or set up fee.
ComLink have a 15% charge for administration costs. This fee is charged to your Home Care Package daily, for each day you are using your Home Care Package. The Administration fee includes all the administrative functions of your Home Care Package, such as: Your monthly HCP statements, financial management of your Home Care Package budget and all financial submission requirements to the Department, Centrelink and Medicare.
ComLink have a 15% charge for case management costs. This fee is charged to your Home Care Package daily, for each day you are using your Home Care Package. The Case Management Fee includes all of the management functions associated with your Home Care Package, such as: access to your case manager 24 hours per day/7 days a week, unlimited telephone calls to and from ComLink, in home visits for assessment s and consultations, sourcing services and equipment on your behalf, rostering staff to provide your services, managing your care needs, ensuring the assistance you receive is appropriate for your needs.
ComLink's full Home Care Package pricing structure is explained here in our 'Home Care Package Pricing Schedule' document.
To enquire about Home Care Packages, or for assistance in understanding how they works, simply call our office to speak to one of our friendly care staff on 1300 761 011.
ComLink is committed to ensuring your needs are met in a timely manner. Ordinarily, you are required to be registered through My Aged Care and have an assessment before you can commence with services.
ComLink can provide interim services to you without you having to be registered with My Aged Care or being assessed in the event you are faced in an urgent situation. We understand that things happen sometimes. Things we have no control over. Whether you fall ill suddenly or your normal carer is unavailable, ComLink can help.
Call ComLink on 1300 761 011 to discuss and we will work with you to ensure your urgent needs are met.
The good news is, ComLink has created a short cut for you!
ComLink genuinely care about the people in our community and understand making contact with call centres and assessors can be a little overwhelming, so we have adapted our processes to ensure the whole transition is made a lot easier for you.
Call ComLink on 1300 761 011 and inform the friendly staff you need assistance to continue living in your home independently and ComLink will make a direct referral for you and arrange for the ACAT assessor to visit you in your home.
ComLink can even be present during the ACAT assessment should you choose. You just need to let us know and we will make it happen for you.
ComLink understands things happen. Sometimes you become ill. Sometimes you take a holiday. Sometimes your needs change and force you into hospital. And that’s ok. You have the option of taking a leave of absence in your Home Care Package without being penalised in anyway.
You just need to let ComLink know immediately so we can postpone your services and advise you of the associated process for taking leave from your package.
While you own the Home Care Package, ComLink will assign you your very own Case Manager to help manage the package. Your Case Manager will liaise with you frequently to ensure your most current needs are addressed at all times and the Home Care Package is having a positive impact on your independence and ability to remain living in your home.
Your Case Manager will ensure your Care Plan is always up to date, your individual needs are always met and you are continuously consulted and informed about potential options and services that will be of benefit to you.
At any point, for any reason, you can contact ComLink and your Case Manager will be available to you.
Unspent funds are all funds within your Home Care Package that you have not yet allocated to a service. ComLink guarantees all unspent funds within your Home Care Package will roll over each month, allowing you to accumulate these funds to spend on contingency items should you need to.
ComLink is committed to ensuring you know exactly how the money in your Home Care Package is being spent by providing you with a monthly statement.
The monthly statement will clearly show you all agreed charges to your Home Care Package and any unspent funds you are accumulating.
The Australian Government strongly encourages all recipients of a Home Care Package make their own financial contribution to the Home Care Package. This is known as the Basic Daily Fee (BDF).
The BDF is capped at 17.5% of the single person rate of the basic aged pension and calculated daily. This equates to approximately $10.10 each day and increases slightly as the aged pension increases each March and September.
If for any reason you face financial hardship and cannot pay the full 17.5%, ComLink is more than willing to discuss options to negotiate a lower rate more suitable to your financial capabilities. Simply ask ComLink how we can assist you to contribute to your package without compromising your financial security.
The Government has provided additional funding opportunities for specific circumstances where you may need additional support to remain living in your own home independently. This additional funding is known as supplements.
The type of supplements available upon approval include:
ComLink is very experienced in the eligibility criteria to receive additional supplements in a Home Care Package and will speak with you about the possibilities as required.
Your Home Care Package is funded by the Australian Government and consists of:
You will have full control over how your Home Care Package budget is spent. While ComLink is here to assist you in your decision making, we will always honour your right to make decisions suitable to you and your individual needs.
Part of your Home Care Package with ComLink includes a detailed Care Plan specific to you and your identified needs.
Your care plan is the foundation for the care services you receive, detailing the type of service, the reason for the service, the desired outcomes of the service and any specific instruction for the service to best meet your needs.
ComLink considers the care plan to be a living document, meaning it will be ever evolving as your goals are met and your care needs change. Your care plan is unique to you and your needs.
The Home Care Agreement is a written document defining the agreed terms and conditions of the Home Care Package, including your Care Plan and budget.
The Home Care Agreement is a legally binding document and will be clearly explained to you by ComLink.
As the recipient of a Home Care Package, you are not legally required to sign a Home Care Agreement, however, ComLink will need some form of written communication stipulating the terms and conditions of the services and fee schedule for the services you receive, before the commencement of services.
Once you have been allocated a Home Care Package, you will be sent a letter from the Australian Government (My Aged Care) with the referral code on it. Simply give ComLink a call on 1300 761 011 and we will help get you started on your Home Care Package journey.
The letter you receive from the Australian Government (My Aged Care) confirming you have been allocated a Home Care Package will have a referral code. This code is your “key” to getting started on your Home Care Package. However, you only have 56 days from the date your package has been allocated to you to contact ComLink and notify us of your referral code.
Your referral code will be used by ComLink to activate your Home Care Package.
Once you have been assessed and approved for a Home Care Package, you will:
When a Home Care Package becomes available based on your position in the National Queue, you will receive another letter from My Aged Care to advise you have been allocated a Home Care Package. This letter will have a referral code on it.
My Aged Care will conduct an initial telephone screening assessment with you, ask you a few questions about your current living arrangements, your health condition and your current support network, to determine the level of assistance you would benefit from most.
You will then be referred to the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). ACAT will make an appointment to visit you in your own home and ComLink strongly encourage you to have a family member or someone you trust also present at this appointment, particularly if you need help answering some questions or explaining your situation. ComLink is highly experienced in this process and we are more than happy to make ourselves available to be there for you during the ACAT assessment should you choose so.
ACAT will assess your current health condition, your living arrangements and your support network and based on the information you provide, you may be deemed eligible for a Home Care Package.
In order for you to access a Home Care Package, you must first be registered and assessed by the Australian Government’s centralised contact centre, My Aged Care (MAC).
My Aged Care is a national online and telephone service to help determine what Aged Care services you may be eligible to receive, to improve your wellbeing and help you maintain a level of independence.
At ComLink, we appreciate making contact with My Aged Care can be a daunting process, especially when you aren’t sure what type of assistance you may need. But we are here to help you! Simply give ComLink a call on 1300 761 011 and we will make contact with My Aged Care on your behalf.