Residential aged care is for mature aged people who can no longer live independently at home due to health reasons. Carinity has a range of aged care homes which have been approved by the government to care for you or your loved ones. Residential aged care can be offered as either short-term respite care or permanent care.
There are no longer different rules for 'high care' and 'low care'. You will be able to access any residential service subject to availability and the agreement of the approved provider. Funding and care services to be provided will continue to be based on an assessment of each person's individual needs using the Aged Care Funding Instrument.
The majority of Carinity residential aged care centres offer both low and high level care, which allows you to stay in one location even if your care needs increase. This is often referred to as ageing in place. Although you may be able to remain at the same residential aged care centre with ageing in place, you might need to move to another room which is designed to cater for your needs more appropriately. We will be able to advise you about ageing in place options at the location you’re looking at.
Care fees and accommodation payments for new entrants contribute to the cost of your care and are determined by the Commonwealth Government. If you are transferring to a Carinity service from an existing service fees and payments may be based on your existing arrangements.
Basic Daily Care Fee:
The basic daily care fee is 85% of the maximum rate of the single aged pension.
Means Tested Care Fee:
The means tested care fee considers income and assets above a certain threshold. You are required to complete an Income and Asset Assessment Form and submit this to Centrelink or the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) prior to your admission in order for the Commonwealth Government to determine this fee. Otherwise Carinity is allowed to charge you the maximum means tested care fee.
Accommodation payments may be payable depending on your means tested amount (means tested amount is determined by the Commonwealth Government according to a formula). If your mean's tested amount at the time of entry is greater than or equal to a threshold set by the Commonwealth government then you may be asked to make an accommodation payment in the form of a Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) or Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP). You may choose either option or a combination of each option.
Detailed information on accommodation payments is available on the My Aged Care website or by calling My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.
If you have assets in excess of the minimum assets threshold when you enter low or high care, you may be asked to pay either an Accommodation Bond or Accommodation Charge. The bond amount and accommodation charge are used by aged care centres to maintain and improve facilities and services.
The Australian Government has made arrangements to help residents of aged care homes who may experience difficulty in paying for their care. If you can’t afford to pay, these provisions allow your fees and charges to be reduced or waived, depending on your circumstances. To find out if you are eligible for Australian Government support for residential aged care, you will need to be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) and get an assets assessment.
Centrelink and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) undertake assets testing for people who will be entering permanent residential aged care or who have recently entered care, on behalf of the Department of Health and Ageing. The purpose of an assets assessment is to determine whether you are eligible for assistance with your accommodation payment. The Australian Government currently subsidies the accommodation costs of residents, either partially or fully, if their assets are below the upper assets threshold.
Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT) are teams of health professionals such as nurses or social workers who assess and approve older people for government subsidised aged care. ACAT assessments are free of cost. A member of an ACAT will visit you and ask you some questions about your lifestyle and your health needs to help work out the best care option for you.
Detailed information on how to book an ACAT is available on the My Aged Care website or by calling My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.
ACATs assess and approve older people for government subsidised aged care services.
An ACAT can also:
- Approve eligibility for entry into residential aged care, in either low level care or high level care;
- Give you information about residential aged care and home care services in your area;
- Help you arrange special respite care if this is what you require; and
- Approve eligibility for in-home care to help you continue living at home, such as the in-home care service offered by Carinity.
You can be referred to the government Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT ) nearest to you by your doctor, or by staff at your local health centre, hospital or Commonwealth Carelink Centre. You can also call the Aged Care Information Line on 1800 200 422 or visit the national aged care website on www.agedcareaustralia.gov.au for a list of ACATs working in your area.
A member of an ACAT will visit you and ask you some questions about your lifestyle and your health needs to help work out the best care option for you.