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Emergency respite care provides a temporary solution for caregivers needing a break during an emergency. Respite care facilities offer safe, supervised care for seniors with chronic illnesses or disabilities, allowing caregivers to attend to personal business and emergencies. In addition, normal respite care can give caregivers a chance to recharge and come back refreshed and ready to provide the best possible care for their loved ones.
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As a caregiver, you play an important role in the life of your loved one. You provide essential care and assistance and are a vital support source. However, caregiving can be demanding, and it is essential to take care of yourself. One way to do this is emergency respite care.
Respite care provides temporary relief from the demands of caregiving, allowing you to take a break, recharge, and return to your role with renewed energy and enthusiasm. Emergency respite care can help ensure your loved one will always have access to the care and support they need, even if something should happen to you. Creating an emergency management plan ensures that your loved one will always be cared for, no matter what.
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Here is your guide to understanding aged care home fees.
In every aged care home, a basic daily fee is paid on top of your accommodation cost. This fee covers your basic living needs, including meals, laundry and cleaning, and utility costs like power and telecommunications.
The Australian Government sets a maximum basic daily fee that aged care facilities can charge, currently set at $54.69 a day or $19,961.85 per year.
Services Australia sets this fee at 85% of a single Age Pension. The basic daily fee is the same for everyone (even if they don’t receive an Age Pension) and is increased twice a year, March 20th and September 20th, to match the rising cost of living.
Once you submit an Income and Asset Assessment through Centrelink, you will not only be assessed on whether you are eligible for any subsidies but you’ll also be assessed on whether the means-tested care fee is applicable.
If you have to pay the income-tested care fee, it means the government has determined you need to pay extra towards your day-to-day care, but only if you can afford it. Whether this fee applies to you is dependent on your financial situation and if you have a higher level of assets or income. The means-tested care fee will be between $0 and $259.26 per day.
It can take the government some time to calculate the amount you may need to pay for the means-tested care fee. Therefore, you and the aged care home you choose will be notified by letter when the price has been calculated, and payment will be backdated to the date you entered into care.
All aged care providers can charge fees for your accommodation to cover the home's maintenance costs and amenities. Each nursing home sets this daily accommodation price, and it is advertised clearly in the accommodation cost. At MACG, our daily accommodation rate ranges between $27.62 and $88.55.
Many factors influence aged care accommodation costs, including the room size and type, facilities available and property prices. The Income and Asset Assessment will determine whether the Australian Government will subsidise this fee or fully pay for your accommodation costs based on your income earnings and assets.
Many aged care homes in Melbourne offer additional services, similar to a hotel experience. Some common additional services include beauty and hairdressing, satellite television, internet, gyms, pools, workshops and alcohol.
Some aged care homes may allow you to pick and choose the services you want, so you only pay for what you use, whereas others may have an additional package.
These service fees are set by the aged care provider and aren’t subsidised by the government. Therefore, it’s best to consider these as out-of-pocket costs you will need to cover.
Many aged care homes provide extra services that allow residents to upgrade their stay. Things that may be part of an extra service package include extended menus and drink options, higher quality linens and room furnishings.
Extra services usually come in a bundle and can either apply to specific room types or an entire retirement village. These extra services are not government subsidised.
The government provides a few aged care subsidy programs to assist residents who struggle to afford aged care support. The main program you can apply for is Financial Hardship Assistance. If you are eligible, the Australian Government will assist in paying some or all of your aged care fees (this includes respite care). Find out if you are eligible for Financial Hardship Assistance.
The cost of emergency respite care can vary depending on the length of stay and the required aged care quality. In general, the cost of respite care in Melbourne is quite reasonable, especially compared to long-term care. For those who are looking for an affordable option for their loved ones, contact our team.
We understand that moving into a residential aged care facility can be a big decision in an emergency situation, and we are here to support you every step of the way. Our qualified and experienced staff are on hand 24 hours a day to assist with all your needs. We also have a dedicated health professional team available to support and advise. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you or your loved ones.
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Casey Manor residents and staff have been volunteering their time to prepare meals for those who have fallen on hard times
We provide high-quality services to ensure our residents are comfortable in our care homes.
The best way to maintain health and happiness as we age is to keep active.
● Meditation and relaxation
● Cultural and spiritual well-being
● Social, emotional, and pastoral support
● Memory and reminiscence programs
● Mobility, wellness and sensory programs
● Seated Tai Chi and walking groups
● Physiotherapy exercise classes
● Community giving, volunteering and fundraising
● Meal preparation and baking
● Music, movies, and travel exploration
● Pet and animal visits
Our residents love giving back to their local community through our many initiatives.
● We work with charities such as Beyond Blue and Cancer Council Australia
● Each home supports a charity in the local region
● Residents can choose how to volunteer, such as baking, knitting and fundraising
The Income and Asset Assessment is a means test set by the Australian Government to decide if you are eligible for a Commonwealth subsidy for part or all of your aged care home fees.
In this means test, your income and assets are evaluated. What is considered ‘income’ includes but is not limited to financial investments, age, disability or service pensions, income support payments, bonds, shares, your superannuation, family trusts and super funds.
Assets include properties you own (including your own home), investment properties, private or partnered businesses, and more. You will be asked a range of questions regarding your income and assets to determine your eligibility for subsidies.
You can complete the Income and Assets Assessment online through My Aged Care.
The assessment is broken down into three steps and is fairly quick to complete. The same form is used for all support types, whether you’re looking for short or long-term care or support in the home.
To complete the assessment, you will need your Medicare card. You can also organise for a representative to complete the application on your behalf.
The online assessment should not take longer than 20 minutes of your time. However, after submitting the assessment, you will receive a call to arrange a complete evaluation and review of your application.
There are three different ways you can pay your aged care fees:
MACG’s preferred method of payment is via direct debit. Therefore, a direct debit form will be provided to you during the pre-admissions meeting.
Monthly statements are issued to permanent residents (or their representatives) at the beginning of the month and detail the debit amount. This direct debit is processed on the 15th of every month (bar public holidays or weekends in which the payment will be taken the following business day).
If you have any questions about the admissions process, cost of care, or would like to book a tour, please contact our Admissions Team.
Emergency respite care can provide temporary relief when a caregiver needs a break. This type of care allows a primary caregiver to have time for themselves, knowing that their loved one is in safe hands. Respite care can be provided in various settings, including in-home, adult daycare centres, or aged care homes. It can be scheduled in advance or arranged on short notice in an emergency. Emergency respite care can be a lifesaver for caregivers feeling overwhelmed or stressed. If you are a caregiver in need of a break, don't hesitate to reach out for help.
There are a few different ways to arrange emergency respite care. One option is to contact a home health agency. These agencies can provide trained caregivers who can come to your home on short notice and give the care your loved one needs.
Another option is to contact an aged care home or assisted living facility like MACG. Our homes have staff members who are available to provide respite care on an as-needed basis. If you have insurance, you can also get coverage for respite care through your insurance provider. No matter how you arrange it, emergency respite care can be a lifesaver when you're overwhelmed by caring for a sick loved one.
The level of respite care will vary depending on the caregiver's needs and the individual receiving care. Still, it can include everything from personal care and hygiene assistance to meals and transportation. Regardless of the situation, emergency respite care can provide much-needed relief for caregivers while ensuring that their loved ones continue to receive the high level of care they need and deserve.
If you find you’re unable to afford residential aged care costs, there are a number of avenues you can explore for assistance. If your Income and Asset Assessment determines you can’t afford aged care services, the Australian Government can provide subsidies for aged care support.
You may be eligible for Financial Hardship Assistance to partially or fully cover the basic daily fee, means-tested care fee and accommodation costs. Each case is assessed individually and depends on the type of care you need.
You can also consult with a Financial Information Services (FIS) representative. The FIS is an entirely free Australian Government program that helps you make informed decisions about your finances.
If you require assistance or more information, please contact any of the departments below.
You may also wish to gain specialist advice from an Aged Care Financial Planner to restructure your finances to your best advantage when entering care.
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