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Pre-2014 Reforms

Prior to 1 July 2014 Residential Aged Care was categorised into three types; Low Care, High Care and Extra Services. A different financial arrangement applied to each and while some facilities offered only one type of care others had more than one — and perhaps all 3 — in the same facility.

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Income Support Payments

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.

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Financial Hardship

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.

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