AGED CARE PROGRAM

WHERE DO I START?

This process takes time. Care Facilities are made up of Private & Government providers. If private services cannot be afforded, then in emergencies it is best to contact a General Practitioner or local hospital.

Once a decision has been reached on a Aged Care Facility an accommodation payment is payable depending on your assets & Income.

Basic daily fee for aged care

A basic daily fee is used to contribute towards your day-to-day living costs such as meals, cleaning, laundry, heating and cooling. Everyone entering an aged care home can be asked to pay this fee. From 20 March 2015 to 19 September 2016, the maximum basic daily fee for new residents (including respite residents) is up to $47.86 per day. This rate increases on 20 March and 20 September each year in line with changes to the Age Pension.

What questions can WRS help you with?

  • What assets effect the accommodation costs?
  • Do we keep the home or do we sell it?
  • How do I maximise my Centrelink entitlements?
  • Having your estate in order

If you or someone close to you is in need of residential aged care support or an aged care facility, it is best to first speak with your doctor, who will refer you to the ACAT for a consultation. Entry into aged care home requires an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assessment and approval.

The next step shall be deciding on an aged care facility. The most difficult step in finding and organising the home, or residential care, is learning about the services available.

How is the basic daily fee rate worked out for aged care?

For new residents, the maximum basic daily fee is 85% of the single person rate of the basic Age Pension.

From 20 March 2015 to 19 September 2016, the single rate of the basic Age Pension is $867 per fortnight, and 85% of the single rate of basic Age Pension is $670.04 per fortnight or $47.86 per day.

This applies even if you are a member of a couple. Department of Human Services will advise which applies to you:

  • Full or part payment by Australian Government (Accommodation Contribution)
  • Accommodation price agreed with age care home

Accommodation costs for all aged care facilities are published on:

www.myagedcare.gov.au

This site will also describe services offered and a description of room at each age care centre.

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