You will need an Aged Care Client Record (ACCR) before applying for residential care. This involves a nurse, social worker or other health professional coming to your home and talking to you about how well you're managing in your day to day life. From this, the representative will assess whether you are eligible to receive care and which services you will need. Please visit My Aged Care or call 1800 200 422 for further information.
Once you have received your ACCR (refer to previous FAQ), you can apply for residential care at Eldercare by completing an application online. Alternatively, if you would like some guidance relating to your application, please contact the Eldercare Admissions team at 1300 925 414.
We also recommend that you submit your Combined Assets and Income Assessment form to Eldercare Admissions team soon after submitting your Eldercare application.
Call the Asset Assessment Team at the Department of Human Services on 1800 227 475 and ask for a Permanent Residential Aged Care Request for a Combined Assets and Income Assessment to be sent to you. Alternatively you can download the booklet from the Department of Human Services website.
All residents will need to pay both care costs and accommodation payments. The amount you will pay for residential aged care is determined by your Combined Assets and Income Assessment (refer to previous FAQ) and can be different for every new resident.
Eldercare accommodation prices can be viewed online or alternatively, you can call the Eldercare Admissions team on 1300 925 414 for further information.
Some of our facilities may have a waiting list as it can take some time for a residential aged care place to become available. When a vacancy arises, Eldercare staff will consider the applications already received and seek an applicant who meets the criteria for the accommodation being offered.
You are welcome to tour any Eldercare facility. Please contact the Eldercare Admissions team on 1300 925 414 for further information and to book a tour.
Some Eldercare sites may be able to offer respite care. Please contact the Eldercare Admissions team on 1300 925 414 for further information and availability.
Yes, Eldercare receives care subsidies from the Federal Government.
Aged care providers are required to provide a certain number of beds to residents who have limited financial means. The ratio of beds to be provided is prescribed by the Federal Government and depends on the location of the facility. Depending on your level of assets and income, part or all of your costs may be met by the Federal Government.
When you enter care, you will need to choose how to pay for your cost of accommodation either via a Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) or Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) or combination of both. The DAP is calculated from the RAD amount at a government prescribed interest rate (MPIR). For example: A single room with an ensuite with a Refundable Accommodation Payment (RAD) of $400,000: Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) = $400,000 x MPIR %/ 365 A resident can elect to pay a combination of RAD and DAP to suit their financial circumstances. Please refer to Eldercare’s online pricing calculator which can calculate the RAD/DAP combinations for you.
You will have up to 28 days after entering permanent aged care to select how your accommodation costs will be paid i.e. Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) or Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) or combination of both. During this 28 day period, you will need to pay the DAP whilst you make your decision.
Yes, the deposit is fully refundable. However, you can elect to have the agreed Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) deducted from the Refundable Accommodation Deposit in order to meet an agreed amount of accommodation payment.
You have six months from the date of entry to pay your RAD. You will still need to pay a Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) until your RAD is paid.
Some facilities offer a higher standard of accommodation, lifestyle choices and hospitality services for an additional daily fee. Please contact the Eldercare Admissions team on 1300 925 414 for further information about Extra Services.
Usually a response is required on the day of offer or at least within 24 hours.
The financial implications of aged care are complex. If you have queries regarding your specific financial situation you may choose to seek independent financial advice. If you have queries regarding Eldercare's room pricing, payment options or general questions about the costs of aged care, please contact the Eldercare Admissions team on 1300 925 414.
Most rooms will allow for small pieces of furniture along with personal items such as photos and trinkets. Beds, bedside cupboards, wardrobes and linen are all provided.
You are entitled to up to 52 days social leave per year. Fees will still apply for the days absent from the facility.
The facility becomes the new home of the resident and as such family and friends are encouraged to visit at their leisure.