All residents are asked to pay fees and charges as a contribution towards their accommodation, living expenses and care. If you cannot afford the fees and charges there are protections in place which ensure you will still have equal access to residential aged care.
There are five fees and charges you may be asked to pay:
All residents in aged care, including respite residents, can be asked to pay a basic daily care fee as a contribution towards their day-to-day living costs such as meals, cleaning, laundry, heating and cooling.
The maximum basic daily care fee for most permanent residents is 85% of the single age pension. Daily care fees are reviewed by the Department of Health twice yearly, in March and September.
The basic daily care fee is payable monthly in advance.
The Australian Government asks aged care residents to pay a further contribution towards the cost of their care relative to their capacity to do so. The Department of Health determines the means tested fee based on your individual circumstances and income information provided by Centrelink and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Annual and lifetime caps apply to the means tested fee and contributions made by people receiving home care will be taken into account when calculating the lifetime cap.
The means tested fee is payable monthly in advance.
The refundable accommodation deposit (RAD) amount is the price negotiated for your residential aged care room. Information about your preferred room, including key features, amenities and the refundable accommodation deposit amount will be provided in our information pack and is also published on our website, search for your preferred Centre via our location page.
The refundable accommodation deposit (RAD) may be paid as a lump sum, a daily accommodation payment (DAP) or a combination of lump sum and daily accommodation payment.
You have 28 days from date of admission to decide how you wish to pay the refundable accommodation deposit.
Applies to residents occupying an extra service place (both permanent and respite) for the provision of a significantly higher standard of accommodation, services and food.
Extra service places are available at our Elizabeth Jenkins Place Aged Care Plus Centre at Collaroy, NSW and extra service fees and inclusions will be discussed on application.