Granny flat arrangement ending

Granny flat arrangement ending   by Christine Hopper Granny flat arrangements At Centrelink, a granny flat arrangement provides for a senior person, the ‘granny flat resident’, to live for the remainder of her life in accommodation provided by the ‘granny flat host’. The granny flat resident usually contributes a lump sum ‘ingoing contribution’ towards the Read more about Granny flat arrangement ending[…]

Aged care daily care fee means tested amount

Aged care daily care fee means tested amount by Christine Hopper Aged care daily care fee means tested amount applies from July 2014 From July 2014, a new entrant to residential aged care is charged a Daily Care Fee based on her Means Tested Amount. The July 2014 Aged care daily care fee Means Tested Amount Read more about Aged care daily care fee means tested amount[…]

July 2014 Means Tested Daily Care Fees for Commonwealth regulated residential aged care

New July 2014 Means Tested Daily Care Fees for Commonwealth regulated residential aged care   By Christine Hopper The Commonwealth aged care reform package, Living Longer Living Better, introduces a new style of means tested daily care fee from July 2014. All residents of Commonwealth regulated residential aged care facilities will continue to pay the Read more about July 2014 Means Tested Daily Care Fees for Commonwealth regulated residential aged care[…]

Aged Care Regulation changes 1 July 2014

Aged Care Regulation changes 1 July 2014 by Christine Hopper The Commonwealth Aged Care Regulation changes impacting on new residents come into effect on 1 July 2014.  Last year the Commonwealth parliament passed the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013. The new legislation changes the administration and financing system for both residential aged Read more about Aged Care Regulation changes 1 July 2014[…]

Entering Commonwealth regulated aged care as a Supported Resident

Entering Commonwealth regulated aged care as a Supported Resident by Christine Hopper Each Supported Resident of a Commonwealth regulated aged care facility attracts an Accommodation subsidy from the Commonwealth.  The Commonwealth has a ‘budgeted amount’ to spend on these Accommodation subsided rather than an unlimited supply of cash. Therefore, the Commonwealth endeavours to spread its Read more about Entering Commonwealth regulated aged care as a Supported Resident[…]

Accommodation Bonds for Residential Aged Care

Accommodation Bonds for Residential Aged Care

Accommodation Bonds for Residential Aged Care By Christine Hopper New entrants to requiring ‘low care’ or ‘extra service high care’ may be asked for Accommodation Bonds for residential aged care.  The Accommodation Bonds for residential aged care are like interest free loans to the operator of the residential aged care facilities. How much is the Read more about Accommodation Bonds for Residential Aged Care[…]

Residential aged care costs – an illustration

Residential aged care costs by Christine Hopper Families new to residential aged care can be confused by the web of fees and charges for residential aged care. Accommodation charges are fixed on entry but daily care fees change regularly. Below is an “illustration” of the fees and charges that could apply to new entrants to Read more about Residential aged care costs – an illustration[…]

Residential aged care for seniors in new relationships

The complexities of aged care accommodation costs for Couples at Centrelink who met later in life By Christine Hopper James and Jenny exchanged the family home for a modest new townhouse near their adult children.  James had only recently retired and when Jenny died suddenly. After a few years of living alone, James embarked on Read more about Residential aged care for seniors in new relationships[…]

Assessed Assets on entry to Permanent Residential Aged Care

Assessed Assets on entering permanent residential aged care By Christine Hopper The amount of your Assessed Assets on entry to Permanent Residential Aged Care impacts on your potential costs of living in care.  Your Assessed Asset amount determines the maximum amount that you could be asked to contribute towards the cost of your accommodation in Read more about Assessed Assets on entry to Permanent Residential Aged Care[…]

When should seniors move home?

When should seniors move home? by Christine Hopper When should seniors move home? The time when seniors should move home is clear to the sellers of seniors lifestyle communities. Wisdom is recognising that the family home might soon be inappropriate for your needs and having the courage to sell up and buy into ‘seniors friendly’ accommodation.  But what Read more about When should seniors move home?[…]