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Financial Guide

Residential Aged Care


Understanding the Finances Let us help you understand the fees and charges for Residential Aged Care. Put simply, the government subsidises the bulk of aged care in Australia but if you are able to afford the cost of care and accommodation, you will be asked to contribute to the cost.

PART A: There are three levels of support

Levels of Support

SUPPORTED

You may be a resident eligible for government support

PARTIALLY SUPPORTED You may be a resident eligible for some government support

UNSUPPORTED

You may be a resident not eligible for government support

What this means for you

The government will contribute to the provider for your Accommodation, and Assessed Care Needs.

You will be asked to pay an Accommodation contribution, which can be paid as a daily amount (DAC), or a lumpsum amount (RAC) or a combination of both.

You will have up to 4 costs.

Please note: The government frequently changes the level of income or assets thresholds based on support, so always refer to the MyAgedCare.gov.au site and calculator for up-to-date information.


As everyone’s financial circumstances are different, you may be eligible to receive some assistance towards your Accommodation Cost. Some residents will have their accommodation paid in full or partially by the government. This is determined by the Services Australia through the income and assets assessment process.

PART B: There are four main fees and charges Basic Daily Fee

Services Plus

Accommodation Payment

Means Tested Fee

This is for your day-to-day living cost; it is 85% of the aged pension.

This is for your additional services – providing greater entertainment and lifestyle choices.

(RAD/DAP)

The Means Tested Fee is calculated by the Department based on the information that is provided through the government’s income and assets assessment process.

If you are able to afford the cost of the care and accommodation, this will be your accommodation cost.

You will pay a Basic Daily Fee

You will pay a reduced Services Plus Fee

You will pay a Basic Daily Fee

You will pay a Services Plus fee

You will also pay a partial Accommodation Payment

You may also pay a Means Tested Fee

You will pay a Services Plus fee

You will also pay the Accommodation Payment

You may also pay a Means Tested Fee

You will pay a Basic Daily Fee


Understanding the Fees Basic Daily Fee This fee is used for your day- to-day living cost such as meals, cleaning, laundry and electricity. Everyone is required to pay this fee when moving into Residential Care. This Basic Daily Fee is 85% of the single aged pension and is increased twice a year in March and September by the Department. In some cases, this may be the only fee you are required to pay.

Services Plus

BaptistCare strives to provide an environment where our residents receive a high standard of loving, respectful, reliable and empowering care, with lifestyle choices and services designed to benefit everyone. Services Plus is a program of Additional Services, and provides you with added benefits, enabling you to have additional entertainment and lifestyle choices to make your time with us more enjoyable.

Accommodation Payment This cost will contribute to the accommodation in Residential Care. Some people will have their Accommodation Payment covered in full or partially by the Government, while others will be required to pay the agreed amount in the key feature statement issued by BaptistCare. If you are required to pay an Accommodation Payment, there are 3 different ways you can contribute. 1. Lump-sum ‘Refundable Accommodation Deposit’ (RAD) – this is a lump-sum payment which will be refunded in full when you leave the centre (less any fees owing). 2. Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) - is like a rental style daily payment. The DAP is calculated by the interest on the unpaid RAD amount. Just like rent, there will be no refund when you leave the facility. When you enter care you will be asked to pay the DAP amount until you decide which option to pay the Accommodation Payment. 3. Combination of both a Lump-sum ‘Refundable Accommodation Deposit’ (RAD) and Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) – this accommodation option allows you to pay a partial lump-sum amount which will reduce the Daily Accommodation Payment. 4. Combination of Lump Sum Refundable Deposit (RAD) and a variable Daily Payment (DAP) which is to be drawn down from the agreed lump sum amount – this option allows you to drawdown the DAP from the lump sum amount. This will reduce the lump sum amount available for refund when you leave. All residents have up-to 28 days after date of entry to decide how they would like to pay their Accommodation Payment.

Means Tested Fee

Residents may be required to pay towards their care through a Means Tested Fee. This amount is calculated by the Services Australia which has an annual and lifetime cap and is done through the government’s income and asset assessment process. This fee will be applied from date of entry and you will be advised the amount by the Department. The Department also conducts quarterly reviews and may adjust your Means Tested Fee if your circumstances have changed during the last quarter.


The government’s income and asset assessment process If you do not own your home If you are receiving a means tested payment from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and do not own your home or retirement living unit, the Services Australia will automatically complete an assessment for you when you enter Residential Care if they have your up to date financial information, otherwise you will need to complete the Calculation of Cost of Care Form (SA457).

If you own your home If you receive a means tested payment from Centrelink or DVA and you own your home (including retirement living unit), you will need to complete the Residential Aged Care Property for Centrelink and DVA customer’s form (SA485). This form can be accessed on myagedcare.gov.au.

If you wish not to provide your income and asset details If you do not wish to provide your income and asset details or you are not receiving a means tested payment. You will pay the maximum Means Tested Fee until you reach the annual or lifetime cap. If you require these forms, please speak to your Client Liaison Team Member for more information.

Frequently asked questions How are payments made? All fees and charges are direct debited from your nominated bank account fortnightly in advance. The exception to this is your Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP), which is direct debited monthly in advance. All Refundable Accommodation Deposits (RAD) can be paid by cheque, funds transfer. Please ensure that all cheques are payable to ‘BaptistCare NSW & ACT’. Any payment or billing queries can be directed to your Client Liaison Team Member.

What if I’m in a position of financial hardship?

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If you believe you are in a position of financial hardship, you can apply for Financial Hardship Assistance. Contact the Services Australia who will determine under Section 52K-1 of the Aged Care Act 1997, if your Residential Aged Care Fees can be supplemented by the Government. Information on Financial Hardship can be found by calling the My Aged Care Hotline on 132 300.


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