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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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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Deeming

Deeming is a set of rules used to assess income from financial investments for social security and aged care purposes. Deeming assumes that financial investments earn a certain rate of income, regardless of the amount of income they are actually earning. If income support recipients or aged care residents earn more than these rates, the extra income is not assessed.

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Couples Entering Care

When a couple is entering into Residential Aged Care consideration needs to be given to the timing of their move and the impact this can have on their means assessment.

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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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Category: Fact Sheets

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