Category: Fact Sheets

These aged care fact sheets are used to find quick answers to common questions and clarify any technical queries you may have. These are for you and your team to help you navigate retirement living and aged care advice.

Home Care Package Funding and Fees

Home Care Packages provide care and support to assist older people who want to stay in their own home. To be eligible to receive a Home Care Package, a person must be assessed and approved by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). ACAT assessments determine eligibility for Government Funded Care Services. An ACAT assessment remain valid indefinitely unless the approval was granted for a specific time period.

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Low Means

People who enter an Aged Care Facility after 1 July 2014 have their ability to contribute towards the cost of their accommodation and care calculated based on their assets and income. Refer to Residential Aged Care Means Test Factsheet. Where the calculated amounted is less the maximum accommodation supplement of $58.19 per day (as at 31 March 2020) the resident is classified as Low Means.

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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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Home Care Overview

Home Care Packages provide care and support to assist older people who want to stay in their own home. To be eligible to receive a Home Care Package, a person must be assessed and approved by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). ACAT assessments determine eligibility for Government Funded Care Services. An ACAT assessment remain valid indefinitely unless the approval was granted for a specific time period.

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Gifting

Gifting is a term used when a person, or their partner, gives away or transfers assets or income and in return receives nothing or less than the market value in money, goods or services.

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NDIS in Aged Care

While the NDIS continues to be rolled out across Australia until 2020, young people living in aged care may find themselves as “dual participants” – living in aged care and able to access NDIS funding. NDIS funding can be used to pay towards some (not all) of the costs of aged care accommodation and care. NDIS funding can also be used to access services in addition to the aged care services, where the aged care provider is also an approved NDIS provider these services may be delivered by the aged care provider.

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Category: Fact Sheets

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