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We implement music therapy programs to improve the quality of life for our residents. Music therapy can improve communication, memory, and mobility. Music can be an effective treatment for reducing anxiety, pain, and depression in older adults. Music therapy is important in providing holistic care for our aging population.
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Music therapy improves the quality of life for aged care residents. Music therapy reduces social isolation and loneliness, improves communication and conversation, enhances reminiscence and provides creative outlets. In addition, music therapy has been shown to reduce anxiety, aggression, apathy, and depression in the elderly. Furthermore, research suggests that music therapy can improve cognitive function, including memory recall. Music therapy is also used for our palliative care residents as it assists them with pain management and provides comfort.
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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 music therapy in residential aged care is mostly up to the individual home. Most people who use this type of therapy have a registered music therapist who works with them regularly. Music therapy can be a great way to improve the quality of life for seniors, and it is worth investigating if you think it could benefit your loved one. Ask us about the cost of music therapy at our different Melbourne facilities.
For seniors, music therapy can help reduce anxiety, improve mood, and increase social interaction. We work with the residents to choose songs that are meaningful to them and then help them to sing or play. The process of making music together can help to reduce stress and promote positive emotions. In addition, it can also provide a sense of accomplishment and boost self-confidence. Music therapy effectively supports the physical, emotional, and social needs of our aged care residents.
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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 know that everyone is different, and we tailor our services to meet the individual needs of our residents.
We offer a wide range of services and activities designed to help our residents live their best lives.
● Meditation and relaxation
● Cultural and spiritual wellbeing
● 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
We facilitate programs so our residents can stay active and engaged in the local community.
● 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.
Music therapists are trained to use music to improve their clients' physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. They work with people of all ages and abilities, using music to address various needs. Music therapy can be used to improve communication and social skills, relieve stress and anxiety, ease pain, and boost mood. Music therapists use a variety of techniques, including song writing, improvisation, and lyric analysis. By working closely with their clients, they can tailor each session to meet the specific needs of the individual.
Dementia is a progressive decline in cognitive function, which can lead to changes in mood and behaviour. Music therapy has been shown to minimise the behavioural and psychological symptoms associated with dementia. Music therapy can also provide structure and routine, which can benefit people with dementia. Furthermore, music therapy can help stimulate memories and promote communication.
Aged care facilities can use music therapy to address residents' physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs. Music therapy services can be provided one-on-one or in groups and are adapted to each individual’s abilities and preferences. Some examples of how music therapy can be used in aged care include:
Numerous studies have shown that music therapy can be beneficial for older adults. For example, music therapy has improved cognitive function, mood, and sleep quality in older adults. It can also help to reduce anxiety and depression, and it can even help to improve balance and coordination. In addition, music therapy can be a fun and enjoyable way for older adults to socialise and connect with others. Music therapy offers many benefits for the elderly, making it an excellent choice for those seeking additional support as they age.
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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