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Providing the right support for Parkinson's

Many older adults who live in aged care homes have Parkinson's disease. Our aged care homes are essential in supporting these individuals and their families. Our specially trained Parkinson’s carers offer comprehensive care for residents with this disease. By working closely with residents and their families, we can help to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson disease.

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Why Parkinson’s care is important

Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition that can cause tremors, muscle rigidity, and difficulty with balance and coordination. As the disease progresses, these symptoms can become more severe and debilitating. 

For people with Parkinson’s, nursing homes can offer various services to help them manage their condition. These services may include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. In addition, our aged care homes can provide medication management and assistance with daily activities such as bathing and dressing. By providing these services, we can help elderly patients with Parkinson’s to live independently for longer.

The symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

  • Tremors and muscle rigidity
  • Balance and coordination issues
  • Writing and speech changes
  • Loss of movement

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Aged Care Fees Explained

Here is your guide to understanding aged care home fees.

Maximum Basic Daily Fee

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.

Means Tested Care Fee

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.

Accommodation Costs

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.

Additional Service Fees

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.

Extra Service Fees

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.

Is There Government Support for Aged Care?

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 care for Parkinson’s Disease

We understand that the cost of care for Parkinson’s Disease can cause concern for some family members. The cost of 24-hour care can be up to $100 per day per person. In addition, many people with Parkinson’s Disease require prescription medications, which can add to the overall cost of care. 

As a result, the cost of care for Parkinson’s Disease can be a stressful financial burden for individuals and families. However, there are several financial assistance programs available to help offset the cost of care. Book a discussion with our team today, and we can help find an economical solution for your family member. 

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Our Homes
Room Type
Refundable Deposit ($)
Daily Accommodation Rate ($)
Boronia Residential Aged Care
Companion room
320,000
73.47
Boronia Residential Aged Care
Premium single
450,000 - $500,000
103.32 - 114.79
Boronia Residential Aged Care
Standard single
375,000
86.10
Carrum Downs Aged Care
Companion room
300,000
68.88
Carrum Downs Aged Care
Premium single
400,000
91.84
Carrum Downs Aged Care
Standard single
350,000
80.36
Casey Aged Care
Companion room
320,000
73.47
Casey Aged Care
Premium single room
450,000
103.32
Casey Aged Care
Standard single room
350,000
80.36
Casey Aged Care
Studio suite
550,000
126.27
Casey Manor
Standard single room
400,000
91.84
Casey Manor
Premium single room
450,000
103.32
Grand Cedar Aged Care
Deluxe
650,000
149.23
Grand Cedar Aged Care
Premium
800,000
183.67
Grand Cedar Aged Care
Standard
450,000
103.32
Northern Gardens
Companion room
300,000
68.88
Northern Gardens
Premium single room
450,000
103.32
Northern Gardens
Standard single room
350,000
80.36
Oaklea Hall
One bedroom apartment
450,000
103.32
Oaklea Hall
Premium room
400,000
91.84
Oaklea Hall
Standard single
350,000
80.36
Oaklea Hall
Studio apartment
450,000
103.32
Parkdale Aged Care
Companion room
350,000
80.36
Parkdale Aged Care
Premium single / Sea view room
450,000 - $500,000
103.32 - 114.79
Parkdale Aged Care
Single room
400,000
91.84
Traralgon Aged Care
Companion room
250,000
57.40
Traralgon Aged Care
Premium Single
325,000
74.62
Traralgon Aged Care
Standard single
300,000
68.88

Our skilled nursing facilities  

Our staff provide comprehensive care that helps improve patients' quality of life. Our experienced team assists with daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing, and eating. We also provide medication management and therapy services to help patients maintain optimal health for as long as possible. In addition, we offer emotional support to families, providing education and resources to help them cope with the challenges of Parkinson's disease.

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Support we provide:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Around-the-clock support

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Life in aged care

We provide the right support to ensure residents are comfortable transitioning into our care homes. We have 24-hour staffing, engaging lifestyle activities and community engagement programs to keep our residents happy.

Warm and comfortable environments

We provide our residents with around-the-clock care to ensure they’re safe and happy in our homes.

● 24-hour staffing with qualified care teams

● Care services to suit all needs and preferences

● Allied health services

● Healthy meals cooked on-site and designed by dietitians

● Laundry cleaned on-site

Respite care

Palliative care

Keeping busy and active

We organise various lifestyle activities that suit residents of all mobility levels and hobby types.

● 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

Community give-back

Our residents love giving back to their local community through our charity programs.

● 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

Income and Asset Assessment

The Income and Asset Assessment determines how much you’ll pay for aged care services.

What is the Income and Asset Assessment?

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.

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What Gets Assessed in the Income and Asset Assessment?

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. 

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How to Organise the Income and Assets Assessment

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. 

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How Long Does the Income and Asset Assessment Take?

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. 

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Aged Care Payment Options

There are three different ways you can pay your aged care fees:

  • A refundable accommodation deposit (RAD)
  • A daily accommodation payment (DAP)
  • A combination of both

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. 

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Frequently asked questions

What causes Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinson's Disease is a degenerative nervous system disorder affecting movement. It is caused by the death of nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine, a chemical messenger that helps to control muscle movement. 

The exact cause of cell death in Parkinson's is unknown, but it is believed to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Treatment for Parkinson's disease typically involves medication and therapy to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. There is no cure for Parkinson's disease, but early diagnosis and treatment can help slow the disease's progression.

Do Parkinson's patients need 24 hours care?

People with Parkinson's disease typically need more care as the disease progresses. In the early stages of Parkinson's disease, patients may only need occasional help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and eating. 

As the disease progresses, patients may need more frequent assistance and may eventually require 24-hour care. The decision to provide 24-hour care for a Parkinson’s patient should be made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the patient's doctor. In some cases, 24-hour care may be the best option for providing the level of support and supervision that a Parkinson's patient needs. In other cases, less intensive care arrangements may be sufficient. In all cases, the goal should be to provide the best care for the individual patient.

How do we care for residents with Parkinson's Disease?

While there is currently no cure for Parkinson's, several treatments available can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. For residents in a nursing facility, this may involve a team approach involving nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and doctors. 

The nursing staff will provide primary care and monitor the resident's condition daily. Physiotherapists can help to improve mobility and reduce the risk of falls, while occupational therapists can assist with activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing and eating. Finally, doctors can provide medication to help manage symptoms such as rigidity, tremors and problems with balance. By taking a multidisciplinary approach, we can ensure that nursing home residents receive the best possible care.

What If I Can’t Afford It?

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.

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Who Can I Reach Out to for Help?

If you require assistance or more information, please contact any of the departments below.

  • MACG Accounts Department – 9428 2800
  • Centrelink – 132 300 or www.centrelink.gov.au 
  • Department of Veterans Affairs – 133 254 or www.dva.gov.au 
  • Department of Social Services – 1300 653 227

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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