Aged Care Advantage

Aged Care Advantage

Aged care is the term given to the assistance and support of elderly people. Government funded aged care assistance and services are available, and are covered under the Aged Care Act 1997.

Assistance and services can be provided to elderly people who need assistance at home, or who can no longer manage at home and need to reside in a care facility.

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Government-Funded Services

Government-funded services for aged care include in-house care at the recipient’s home, residential care in a nursing (aged care) home, and short term stays in what is known as respite care.

Most elderly people start with a basic home care package that provides support with cleaning the house, personal care, shopping, preparation of meals, and transportation.

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ACAT Assessment

Government-Funded AgedCare and Support

The first step for someone who may need aged care assistance is to organise an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) Assessment, which will assess the person’s needs and make recommendations for government-funded care and support.

In most cases, the assessment will take place in the home. You can have a family member, friend or carer attend the assessment for support and to help you with the questions.

Once the assessment report is received, it will indicate the level of assistance that is required. Should a person be assessed as requiring low care, they will need to contact My Aged Care to apply for Home Care assistance.

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Cost of Aged Care

Professional Financial Advice is Crucial

Once the ACAT assessment is made a person will also need to consider the Cost of Aged Care. This is where professional financial advice and planning is crucial.

For someone seeking home care the cost includes a basic daily fee; and an income tested care fee which will depend on the person’s assets and income.

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Cost of Aged Care

Type of Aged Care Costs

For someone seeking aged care, how much they will have to pay depends on the place they choose and the assessment of their assets and income. Typically, there are three types of costs associated with all aged care homes:

  • A basic daily fee that every aged care resident pays for the services they receive;

  • An accommodation cost for the room, which will vary depending on the aged care home chosen; and

  • Means-tested care, which is a varying cost for the care services the person receives, and is based on your income and assets.

For the accommodation cost for the room in an aged care home, a choice is available between a Refundable Accommodation Deposit, or a non-refundable daily fee.

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Aged Care Choices

Whichever option should be taken is dependent on an individual’s circumstances. Often the person entering aged care, or the children of that person, does not want the family home to be sold, which can mean they may not have the available funds to pay for a Refundable Accommodation Deposit.

The choice is also usually determined by the person’s life expectancy. Someone with a short life expectancy may have more flexibility with selecting a daily fee arrangement rather than to sell assets to pay for the Refundable Accommodation Deposit.

There is a lot of complexity surrounding aged care choices and costs, and we are experienced in this vital area of advice to analyse the alternatives and provide advice in plain English that is in the best interests of the person who needs aged care assistance.

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