The Australian Government pays for the bulk of aged care in Australia. However, it is expected you will contribute to the cost of your care if you can afford to do so. You will never be denied the care you need because you can’t afford it. When moving into an aged care home you may be asked to pay towards your care, accommodation and daily living costs through 4 separate fees;
A basic daily fee - This covers living costs such as meals, power and laundry. For some people this is the only fee they are required to pay.
A means-tested care fee - The Department of Human Services (Centrelink) or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) will work out if you are required to pay this fee based on an assessment of your income and assets, and will advise you of the amount.
An accommodation payment - Some people will have their accommodation costs met in full or part by the Australian Government, while others will need to pay the accommodation price agreed with the aged care home. Centrelink will advise you which applies to you based on an assessment of your income and assets.
Fees for extra or additional optional services - Additional fees may apply if you choose a higher standard of accommodation or additional services. Your aged care provider can provide you with details of these services and the fees that apply.
You can call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to help you estimate the fees and charges you may have to pay towards your residential aged care.
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