Changes to Fees and Charges
Changes will be made from 1 July 2014 to the way certain care fees are calculated in residential care and to how accommodation prices are charged.
The new arrangements will only apply to residents entering care on or after 1 July 2014.
Current residents will remain on their current arrangements. However, if the resident leaves care for more than 28 days, they will be subject to the new provisions when they re-enter care. The resident will also be given the option to change to the new system if they move to a new aged care service.
The current differences between charging for accommodation in high care and low care will be removed; instead, the same system will apply for both types of places. New residents will have three choices on how they make any required accommodation payment: as a lump sum refundable deposit (similar to an accommodation bond); a periodic payment; or a combination of both.
New residents will have up to 28 days after they enter care to elect how they will pay.