5 Steps to Residential Aged Care
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Organise an ACAT Assessment
This free assessment takes place at your home to establish the level of care required for individuals entering Aged Care. Your local GP can assist with arranging an assessment, or contact your regional ACAT team. There is often a wait of a few weeks for assessments, so it is best to organise this as early as possible.
Organise an Assets and Income Assessment
Every person entering aged care, including those applying for a financially supported place, must have an assets and income assessment. This assessment determines if you qualify for a government supported place or will pay an additional Means Tested Care Fee. It’s important to make sure your income and assets are up to date when entering into care to ensure your assessment can be completed automatically.
Apply to Garden Village Residiential Aged Care
Contact us to request a printable or online version of the application form. Once completed return to us with all the completed information and attachments. You have the option to complete this form online.
Moving in day
Upon acceptance – congratulations and welcome to Garden Village. You will receive a helpful Moving In Guide with everything you need to know about joining our wonderful community.
Understanding Aged Care Fees
There are three different types of fees for Aged Care Residents. Some fees are determined by an income and asset assessment from Services Australia.
The Daily Care Fee is payable by all residents in Aged Care. The amount is calculated as 85% of a full single aged pension. This fee is adjusted twice a year as the pension rate changes.
Every aged care home sets its own accommodation pricing. The amount you pay for your accommodation depends on your eligibility for government help, which is worked out through a means assessment. You can choose to pay this fee as a refundable lump sum amount, a daily fee or a combination of both.
An Aged Care Calculation of your cost of care (SA486) digital form can be completed online. You can then print and sign it and send it to Services Australia with your supporting documentations. The digital form uses dynamic questions tailored to the customers’ individual circumstances.
For those who would prefer to use simplified paper forms, they are as follows:
- Residential Aged Care Calculation of your cost of care (SA457)
- Residential Aged Care Property details for Centrelink and DVA customers (SA485)
This DOES NOT need to be completed if you:
- Currently receive a means tested income support payment, and
- You don’t own your own home.
It is important to make sure you income and assets are up to date when entering into care to ensure your assessment can be completed automatically. You can do this by accessing your Centrelink online account or by calling Centrelink on 132 300 or DVA on 1800 555 254.
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