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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Bond In Trust

An insurance or investment bond is an investment which has features similar to a managed fund in terms of an investment whilst also being a life insurance policy. Centrelink assess financial assets held in a Trust structure differently to those held in a client’s own name.

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Annuities

An annuity provides guaranteed regular payments for a set period of time in exchange for an initial capital investment. Unlike market linked retirement income streams, annuities give clients certainty – they know how much they will get and how long it will last.

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Means Not Disclosed

Neither the Aged Care Income Assessment (for determining an Income Tested Care Fee in Home Care) or the Combined Income and Assets Assessment (for determining someone’s ability to contribute towards the cost of Residential Aged Care) are compulsory. People who choose not to submit an assessment are referred to as “Means Not Disclosed” and can be charged their cost of care.

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Means Tested Care Fee

The Means Tested Care Fee applies to residents who enter aged care after 1 July 2014, including Low Means residents when they have a change of circumstances. The Means Tested Care Fee is used by the government to offset funding provided to the facility through the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI). The amount the resident can pay is capped at the lesser of the calculated amount or their cost of care. There is also an annual limit of $28,087.41 and a lifetime limit of $67,409.85 (which includes any Income Tested Care Fees paid towards a Home Care Package).

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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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