What Is a Level 3 Home Care Package?

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What is a Level 3 Home Care Package?

If you or a loved one require a higher level of in-home care and support, a level 3 home care package may be the right choice, subject to the outcome of your aged care assessment. Let’s take a closer look at what a level 3 package includes, and how it may benefit you.

What is a Level 3 Home Care Package?

The Home Care Packages Program is a government-subsidised program which allows senior Australians to access required care services to continue living independently at home . A level 3 home care package provides a higher level of care and support to older Australians who have more complex needs, and includes services that are tailored to meet each individual’s specific needs and preferences.

It’s worth noting that the services you can access with a level 3 home care package will depend on your individual requirements and goals. You’ll work with your chosen provider to develop a care plan that’s tailored to you.

The services provided under a level 3 package are more extensive and frequent than those under a level 1 or level 2 package, making it a suitable choice for those who require a higher level of care and support. Here are some examples:

Personal care

This can include assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting. Support workers can help you with day-to-day tasks and provide the help you need to maintain your independence.

Allied health services

This can include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Allied health professionals can help you maintain your physical and mental wellbeing, and work with you to set goals and develop strategies to achieve them.

Medication management

Support workers can help you manage your medication and ensure you’re taking it correctly. This can be particularly important if you have multiple medications or complex medication regimes.

Meal preparation

Support workers can help you plan and prepare meals, ensuring you’re getting the nutrition you need. They can also assist with shopping and meal planning.

Transport and social support

Support workers can help you get to appointments and run errands, ensuring you can stay connected with your community and maintain your independence.

Cleaning and home maintenance

Support workers can help with cleaning, laundry, and home maintenance tasks, ensuring your home is safe and comfortable to live in.

How can a Level 3 Home Care Package benefit you?

A level 3 home care package can provide you with a range of benefits, including:

  • Increased independence: With the right level of support, you can continue living in your own home and community for longer, rather than moving into residential aged care.
  • Improved quality of life: Access to a range of tailored services can improve your overall health and wellbeing, making it easier to complete everyday tasks and stay socially connected.
  • Greater peace of mind: Knowing that you have access to the care and support you need can provide peace of mind for both you and your loved ones.
  • More flexibility and control over your care: You have the opportunity to choose the services and providers that best meet your needs.

One of the additional benefits of a level 3 home care package is that it can provide a pathway to extra or intermediate care. If your care needs increase, you may be able to access additional services without having to enter residential aged care. This can give you greater flexibility and choice when it comes to your care.

How can you access a Level 3 Home Care Package?

To access a level 3 home care package, you will need to go through an assessment process with the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). This process involves a comprehensive assessment of your care needs and will determine the level of support you require.

To be eligible for a home care package, you’ll need to have an assessment from the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). They’ll assess your current situation, your care needs, and your goals, to determine the level of support you require. If you’re eligible for a level 3 package, this means you have moderate care needs. You may require regular personal care, medication management, allied health services, or more complex care.

Once you’ve been approved for a home care package, you’ll be allocated a certain amount of funds based on your assessment. These funds can be used to pay for a range of in-home care and support services, such as help with meal preparation, cleaning, transport, and allied health services.

Once approved for a level 3 package, you can start researching and selecting providers who offer the services you need. You’ll have the freedom to choose your own provider and support workers, giving you greater control over the care you receive. Your chosen provider will work with you to develop a personalised care plan that meets your individual needs and preferences.

Read other articles in our blog series to learn more about how to apply for a home care package as well as how to prepare for assessment. We’ve also put together a guide to help you choose a potential home care provider, once you have been approved for a package.

How much does a Level 3 Home Care Package cost?

Your home care services will be scheduled based on your preferences and care needs. Service price is set by your home care provider and will vary depending on the type of service or care you require. In addition, your initial service budget will be determined by the amount of government funding associated with your allocated home care package and, on top of this, the government may also require you to pay an income tested fee towards your care needs. For more information on costs and how they may be applied to your home care package, see our complete home care guide.


Level 3 home care packages can provide a range of support and services to help you stay living in your own home, even if you have moderate care needs. With government funding and the ability to choose your own provider and support workers, you can have greater control over the care you receive. If you’re considering a home care package, it’s important to speak to an aged care professional to find out more about the assessment process and what services are available to you.

Our service to you

Here at Respect, we’re passionate about providing care to older Australians and ensuring the next phase of their lives are filled with purpose and possibilities.

We understand the Home Care Package application process can be complicated and time-consuming, so if you or a family member is finding it hard to get started, please know our care coordinators are here to give you a helping hand.

We’re here to help! For more information about how to access a Home Care Package and get started with home care, including the available opportunities and Respect’s range of services, download our digital brochure. If you would like to connect with a member of our team, please call 1300 144 144 or email gethomecare@respect.com.au

This post is part of a series. Read about Level 4 Home Care Package here.

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