Residential Care Fees cover two key areas of associated costs, which includes
- Care Fees
- Accommodation Fees
Care fees cover the cost of your daily care needs such as nursing care, housekeeping, basic utilities and meals. The Government covers the cost of a range of care services but, depending on your circumstances, you may also be required to contribute financially.
Basic Daily Fee
Set by the Government at 85% of the single age pension
Means Tested Fee
Additional fee that you may be required to pay based on an assessment of your income and assets (annual and lifetime caps apply)
Accommodation fees cover the cost of your accommodation including building and maintenance. The fee will vary according to the home and room type that you choose. An assessment of your income and assets will help to determine whether you may be required to pay the full price of your accommodation or the Government may pay some or most of it.
There are three main payment options that you can choose from to pay your accommodation fees.
Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD)
A single upfront lump sum payment. The balance of the deposit is refunded when you leave the home, less any amounts used to pay for agreed services.
Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP)
A daily and non-refundable accommodation fee, usually paid monthly.
Combination of RAD and DAP
A portion of the accommodation fee paid upfront as a RAD and the rest paid as a DAP. You have flexibility to choose your RAD to DAP ratio.
Basic Daily Fee
Means Tested Fee (where applicable)
RAD + DAP