Aged care can seem complicated and daunting, so we’ve created a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the system and make an informed decision about the best option for you.
Step 1 – Undertake an Aged Care Assessment with My Aged Care
The first step is to contact My Aged Care to organise an Aged Care Assessment. The assessment is entirely free of charge and determines the best level of care for you.
To complete your Aged Care Assessment, you must:
- Register your details with My Aged Care by calling 1800 200 422. If you would like someone to speak on your behalf, you will need to give verbal or written consent.
- Once you have registered, a member of your local Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) will contact you and organise a time to meet with you at home or in hospital.
- Your Aged Care Assessor will meet with you at the agreed time and place and evaluate your care needs. They will develop a support plan based on these needs.
Once the aged care assessment is completed, you will receive a letter detailing what type of services you’re eligible for. Make sure to keep your letter – it proves that you’re eligible to receive specific Australian Government subsidised aged care services.
Step 2 – Find the right Aged Care Home
Once you receive your Aged Care Assessment letter with the services you’re eligible for, you’re ready to look for an aged care home. When looking for a home, you may want to think about what is important to you – proximity to family, the level of care, and your personal interests and preferences.
My Aged Care has a handy Aged Care Home Finder, or you can contact Scalabrini directly for information about our villages. We would be delighted to speak with you to understand your specific needs, show you around, answer any questions, explain our unique model of care, and discuss how we can help you.
Call us on 1800 722 522 to chat about our villages and the wide range of wellbeing and lifestyle programs we offer, and to book a village tour.
Step 3 – Organise Finances
There are three types of fees which maybe payable; An Accommodation Fee, a Daily Service Fee and a Care Fee.
The actual amount of the fees and payments will depend on your personal situation, the time you enter care, the information you provide to the relevant Australian Government Departments, and your personal and financial information at the time of the assessment.
|Accommodation Fee||You have the following payment options:
|Daily Service Fee||There are two daily service fees which cover your hospitality needs and services delivered while living at Scalabrini.
|Care Fee||You may be required to make a co-payment* toward the cost of your care.
*As at March 2020, the total yearly cap for your contribution is $28,087.41, with a lifetime cap of $67,409.85.
Accommodation Payment Options Working Example: John has been told that the accommodation payment for his selected aged care home is $1,000,000. The following payment options are available to John:
|(a) He can make a fully refundable upfront payment (RAD)||$1,000,000|
|(b) He can pay as he goes; (DAP) Invoiced monthly||
The amount payable is calculated by using the permissible interest rate set by the government. The current rate is 4.91%
|(c) He may choose a combination of options (a) & (b)||
Please note, this is an EXAMPLE ONLY. For room prices please refer to the individual village pages.
1 Get Financial Advice
2 Organise a Financial Assessment
Step 4 – Apply for an Aged Care Home
Now it’s time to apply for a home that suits your needs.
If you would like to live in one of Scalabrini’s quality villages, or place a loved one in our care, please submit an application form as soon as possible to secure a place on our waitlist.
As part of the application process, at Scalabrini we perform a care needs and lifestyle assessment prior to approval of your application. The assessment ensures we can offer the best possible care that is suited to your specific needs.
Once your application is approved, you will receive a residential aged care contract and other important documentation.
To apply please complete an application form.