Fees and charges
We understand placing a loved one into care can be a difficult time and by helping you understand the costs and other financial implications of aged care, we hope to make the process smoother for you. We recommend you speak with a financial advisor for advice specific to your situation.
- Craigcare Berwick
- Craigcare Moonee Ponds
- Craigcare Mornington
- Craigcare Pascoe Vale
- Craigcare Plumpton Villa
Prices are correct as at April 1, 2017.
The basic daily fee covers costs such as meals, utilities and laundry. Some residents may only be required to pay this fee.
Some residents may also be required to pay a means-tested care fee on top of their basic daily fee. The Department of Human Services will assess your income and assets to determine how much you will be required to pay.
Annual and lifetime caps apply to the means-tested fee. Once these caps are reached, you can no longer be asked to pay the means-tested fee.
This is for your accommodation in the home. The government will pay the accommodation costs in full or in part for some residents while others will need to pay the price agreed with Craigcare.
We suggest you contact The Department of Human Services as they will advise on full or part contributions based on their assessment of your assets and income.
From July 1, 2014 everyone moving into an aged care home for the first time will be required to complete and lodge an income and assets assessment form. You are required to lodge the form even if you are already receiving a means-tested income support payment from Centrelink, such as the Age Pension, or The Department of Veterans’ Affairs, such as the Service Pension.
The government will conduct your assets and income assessments and they will advise you and Craigcare how much you can be asked to pay towards you accommodation costs.
If you do not complete the assets and income assessments, you will not be eligible for any government assistance and you can be asked to pay the maximum accommodation amount.
You can choose to pay your accommodation costs by:
- A lump-sum style payment known as the Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) or
- Rental-type payments called a Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) or
- A combination of both.
If you are required to make an accommodation payment, you have 28 days from the day you enter care to decide which payment method you prefer. You are required to pay a DAP until you decide which method you prefer.
More information about the fees and charges associated with aged care in Australia can be found on the government-operated My Aged Care website here or by calling 1800 200 422.