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Wanting to retain and/or build your Aged Care Advice offering? This suite of marketing materials will allow you to stand out from the crowd with booklets, newsletters, presentations and Q&A handouts.

ACG Adviser Newsletter HOME CARE

Many of us think of aged care as a service provided in an aged care facility but in fact most people access care in their own home. Around 1 million people in Australia receive aged care in their own homes. The first (and possibly most important thing) to understand is that Home Care can be delivered into anywhere you call “home”.  The most basic level of Home Care is provided through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme. CHSP services include: domestic assistance, personal care, respite services, social support, transport and meals. The amount you pay for services through CHSP varies from one provider to another and from individual to individual so confirm the cost before you receive the services. If your care needs are higher, a Home Care Package may better suit you. Changes to Home Care Packages took effect in February 2017 — giving greater access to care and greater choice about who delivers that care. To qualify for a Home Care Package you will need to have an assessment of your care needs — known as an ACAT (Aged Care Assessment Team). The assessment is free and will normally be conducted in your own home, the purpose of the

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ACG Adviser Newsletter DOWNSIZE INCENTIVE_March 2020.docx

In the budget last year the government announced an incentive for people over 65 to downsize their home. The “downsize incentive” is due to start on 1 July next year (2018) and will allow people over the age of 65 to contribute up to $300,000 from the proceeds of the sale of their home into their superannuation. In the case of a couple this means up to $600,000 could be contributed. Contributions made to superannuation under the incentive contributions: Will not be subject to the age test (over age 75) Will not be subject to the work test (age 65-74) Will be permitted in excess of the $1.6m cap Will be allowed to be made by both members of a couple for the same home To be eligible for the incentive: The home must have been owned for at least 10 years The contract of sale must be entered into on or after 1 July 2018 The contribution must be made within 90 days of the property transferring An important aspect of this incentive is that people can move into another home or apartment, a Granny Flat, Retirement Village, Land Lease Community or Aged Care Facility. In fact they do

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ACG Adviser Newsletter DONT WAIT FOR OMG LETTER_March 2020.docx

We are seeing an increasing number of people coming to see us only AFTER they have received the “OMG letter” from Centrelink.   What is the “OMG letter”? I hear you say.   Well the OMG letter is the letter that Centrelink and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) send out 2 years after someone moves into aged care, letting them know that their former home is now included in their assets, that they are now considered a non-homeowner for pension purposes and advising of their new pension entitlement – often zero. Which is the point at which they exclaim “OMG!” The situation normally comes about when a protected person (other than a spouse) is living in the home, often a child who was a carer. When Mum or Dad move into aged care they are told that they are a protected person and that the home will be exempt from aged care means testing. But what should be underlined here is aged care the pension exemption is different. From a pension point of view your home is exempt from the asset test for 2 years from the date you (or your partner) move out – you don’t need to

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ACG Adviser Newsletter – Rate changesto make care for low-means residents more expensive March 2020.docx

July 1 will bring about the usual changes to pension and aged-care rates and thresholds. Among them is a change to the Maximum Permissible Interest Rate, which used to set Daily Accommodation Payments (DAP) in aged care. It will reduce from 5.96 per cent to 5.54 per cent. On the surface, it would appear to have made aged care cheaper but the reality is it’s a mixed bag. Market payers indeed will be better off.  Under the old rate, a lump sum Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) of $500,000 would have an equivalent daily payment of $82. Under the new rate, the equivalent DAP is $76, a saving of about $2,000 a year. However, those classified as being of low means will actually be worse off. For them, a drop in the interest rate increases the price of their lump-sum accommodation payment. Near-impossible task Let’s look at an example. Shirley is a full pensioner with $150,000 of assessable assets. She qualifies as a low-means aged care resident and her Daily Accommodation Contribution (DAC) is $48 per day. Shirley’s lump sum RAD is calculated using the Maximum Permissible Interest Rate (MPIR). Under the old MPIR rate of $48 a day, it would give her

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ACG Adviser QA FINANCIAL HARDSHIP

Q: When can I claim financial hardship? A: If you are genuinely having difficulty paying for the cost of home or residential aged care can apply and the reasons beyond your control you can apply for financial hardship assistance. If you are suffering from financial hardship as a result of your aged care costs the government may pay some or all of your fees and charges to ensure you can receive the care you need. In determining whether or not you are eligible for financial hardship assistance the government will look at your assets, your income and your essential expenses. To apply for financial hardship assistance you must: Have assets below $36,121 (unless they are unrealisable) Lodge an Assets and Income Assessment (Residential Aged Care) or an Aged Care Fees Income Assessment (Home Care) Not have gifted in excess of $10,000 in the previous year or $30,000 in the previous 5 years. The government will also assess how much money you have after paying your essential living expenses. It is important to be aware that some fees such as extra or additional services are not considered essential expenses. In assessing your hardship application the government will examine if you have

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ACG Adviser QA GIFTING

Q:  Can I gift my money/assets away? A:  The simple answer is yes, but be aware of the consequences. The rules around gifting for Aged Care are in line with the pension rules for gifting. The allowed amounts for gifting are: $10,000 in a financial year $30,000 over five years – not exceeding $10,000 in any year. The allowed amounts are the same for singles and couples, i.e. a couple can gift $10,000 or $30,000 combined. *Special rules can apply to gifts in relation to granny flats, farms and special disability trusts. Gifts in excess of the allowed amounts are known as “deprived assets” and are assessed as an asset for 5 years from the date of the gift. Deprived assets are also deemed to earn income for the 5 year period. The asset and income will be used to calculate: Your pension entitlement Your eligibility to be a low-means resident Your means-tested care fee      

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