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If someone is suffering from financial hardship and unable to pay for their cost of aged care, they may be eligible for financial hardship assistance for some or all of their aged care fees. Financial hardship assistance can apply to the basic daily fee, means-tested care fee and/or accommodation contribution/payment, it does not apply to extra or additional service fees.
Loans from family to fund a RAD have impacts on the cost of care and potentially estate planning. The Aged Care Act 1997 does not preclude a family member of a resident making a contribution towards their accommodation payment. However, an aged care provider must not accept a lump sum payment which would leave the resident with less than the minimum permissible asset level within 28 days of entry and the provider has sufficient information to know the person’s means.
An income support payment is a regular payment that helps you with living costs. An income support payment includes: Age pension, austudy, bereavement allowance, carer payment, disability support pension, farm household allowance, ewstart allowance, parenting payment, partner allowance, sickness allowance, special benefit, widow allowance, wife pension, youth allowanace. In addition; DVS ISP include income support supplement, service pension and veteran payment.