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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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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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Funeral Expenses

Pre-paying a funeral enables a client to choose and pay in advance for their eventual funeral.  They can pay for the funeral in full or pay it off in regular instalments over a period of time. The cost is fixed in today's dollars, even if the funeral is not for many years. Funeral bonds are an investment product that can only be withdrawn after death to pay for a funeral, they may not cover the cost of a funeral.

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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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