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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.
Post 1 July 2014 a person's ability to contribute towards the cost of their accommodation and care is subject to a means test which incorporates both assets and income. Refer to Residential Aged Care Means Test Factsheet. The reforms removed the distinction between low care and high care, creating a single payment structure for aged care residents.