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Home Care Overview

Home Care Packages provide care and support to assist older people who want to stay in their own home. To be eligible to receive a Home Care Package, a person must be assessed and approved by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). ACAT assessments determine eligibility for Government Funded Care Services. An ACAT assessment remain valid indefinitely unless the approval was granted for a specific time period.

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Means Not Disclosed

Neither the Aged Care Income Assessment (for determining an Income Tested Care Fee in Home Care) or the Combined Income and Assets Assessment (for determining someone’s ability to contribute towards the cost of Residential Aged Care) are compulsory. People who choose not to submit an assessment are referred to as “Means Not Disclosed” and can be charged their cost of care.

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An insurance or investment bond is an investment which has features similar to a managed fund in terms of an investment whilst also being a life insurance policy. Centrelink assess financial assets held in a Trust structure differently to those held in a client's own name.

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