Fees & Charges
There are several different components to your fees and charges. These will be itemised in your agreement.
- Basic Daily Fee
The Basic Daily Care Fee is set by the government and is currently 85% of the full pension. This fee covers things like food, laundry, electricity etc.
- Accommodation Payment
Every Aged Care home will have an advertised price for its accommodation. The Government calls these payments ‘Refundable Accommodation Deposits’ or ‘RADs’. This is an upfront payment that is refunded when you leave the home. Please check the prices of our homes by clicking on your chosen option. Do talk to us about the price.We have published Refundable Accommodation Deposits (RADs) and how you set up the Agreement is based on affordability. Any monies not paid toward the RAD is covered by a Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) which is an alternate way to pay for the accommodation. These 2 methods of payment are available to you in full or in combination, the choice is yours. If you are on a full pension it is likely the government will cover this cost for you. It is advisable to get expert help in determining the best way to pay this cost.
- Means Tested Care Fee
The means-tested care fee is a contribution that some people may need to pay to cover the costs of your day-to-day care – such things as assistance with meals, personal hygiene, nursing care, medications, assistance to walk or exercise, dressings and fun activities etc.Your contribution to this fee is determined by the Assets and Income Assessment you send to Centrelink. This fee is capped at a yearly rate and also a lifetime rate. If you are on a full pension it is likely the government will cover this cost for you. For the current rates please contact the office.
- Fee Estimator
To estimate the fees associated with a specific facility, a calculator is available on the relevant aged care home page. Click here to find your preferred location.To help you fill in the fee estimator use this income and assets checklist.
- Extra Service Fee – you can choose to add extra options to your accommodation
This is applicable in some of the homes at RSL LifeCare. A list of the services included is in the Agreement and can be sent on request.
We accept DVA (Department of Veterans Affairs) approvals for a respite period for residents who come from home. Of course all veterans or their families are welcome to live in any of our homes permanently once they have been assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Team.
We welcome all members of the public to enter into our Care Homes. Our homes honour people who have served their countries and we seek to provide a high quality of comfort that all Australians can share.
LEGAL DOCUMENTS – POWER OF ATTORNEY/ENDURING GUARDIAN
We strongly suggest you have Enduring Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardian and a Will in place before you enter into Residential Care. The Enduring Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardian is essential in determining who can assist with finances and care should your circumstances change.
You may also wish to have an Advanced Care Plan in place that tells us what is important to you about your health at this time.