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Fees & Charges 1st July 2018

Fees and charges in residential aged care vary depending on the individual requiring care, their personal circumstances and the facility in which they choose to reside. Unless seeking a financially supported place, the fees at Abbeyfield House Mortlake generally involve:

  • Basic Daily Care fee
  • Accommodation Payment
  • Means Tested Care Fee

Basic Daily Care Fee

The government set basic daily care fee covers your day-to-day living costs such as meals, cleaning and laundry. Everyone in residential aged care is required to pay this fee.
The daily care fee is set by the government based on 85% of the Age Pension and will change in relation to pension increases.
The current Basic Daily Care Fee is $50.16 per day.

Accommodation Payment

Depending on your income and assets, you may be asked to pay an accommodation payment. The cost of your accommodation payment is dependent on the particular facility and suite you are interested in, as well as on the method in which to choose to pay this fee. The payment options are:

  • Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) Maximum $550,000
  • Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP)
  • Combination of RAD and DAP
  • Draw down DAP from Lump Sum RAD

Refundable Accommodation Payment (RAD)

A RAD is a lump sum payment to the aged care provider. The full RAD amount is refunded upon departure of the facility and is 100% guaranteed by the government.
The RAD amount is $550,000.

Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP)

As an alternative to paying your Accommodation Payment as a lump sum, you can pay periodic payments, which are based on a daily fee and billed monthly.
The DAP is not refundable when you leave the aged care facility.
The DAP amount is based on the Maximum Permissible Interest Rate (MPIR), which is set by the government, and the agreed price of the room/suite you are interested in. To calculate the equivalent daily accommodation payment (DAP) of a refundable accommodation deposit (RAD), the refundable accommodation deposit (RAD) is multiplied by the maximum permissible interest rate (MPIR).
The current MPIR is 5.96% per annum.

Combination RAD/DAP

You can choose to pay part of your accommodation as a RAD and part as a DAP. DAP amounts will be calculated based on the outstanding RAD amount. Upon leaving the facility, your RAD amount will be refunded but not DAP payments.

Means-Tested Care Fee

If you are in the financial position to contribute to costs related to your care, the Department of Human Services may charge a means-tested care fee. The Department will determine, and inform you, if you are required to pay this fee, which is calculated based on an assessment of your assets and income
There are annual and lifetime caps set by the government. The current caps are:

  • Year: $26964.71
  • Lifetime: $64715.36

Accommodation Payments – DAPs & RADs

ACCOMMODATION PAYMENTS- INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS AND CARERS

  • New rules governing accommodation payments become effective on 1 July 2014. Residents who enter permanent care at a Abbeyfield Mortlake facility with an Aged Care Assessment Team approval for residential care AFTER 1 July 2014 have the choice of paying a Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) or a Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) or a combination of both. Residents may change their choice of payment up to 28 days after admission.
  • Maximum accommodation prices of both RAD and DAP and options may be for example, pay RAD in total $300,00 or you may choose to pay a combination of both a RAD of one off payment of $150,000 and choose to pay the outstanding amount owing by DAP for example: RAD payment of  $150,000 X MPIR ( 6.15%) / 365 = $25.27 per day). If you choose a combination approach you may have your DAP paid out of your RAD etc.
  • Key features of rooms include large airy rooms with ensuite, average size 20sqm, large ensuite with rails, disabled access, 90% of rooms have direct access to gardens with private veranda.
  • Please go to www.myagedcare.gov.au  for further details/support regarding aged care.

WHAT IS A REFUNDABLE ACCOMMODATION DEPOSIT?

A refundable accommodation payment is an amount of money paid or payable by a resident for entry to residential care. The balance of the refundable accommodation payment (after agreed deductions have been drawn down) will be refunded to the resident or their estate on termination of the agreement for residential services.

WHAT IS A DAILY ACCOMMODATION PAYMENT?

A daily accommodation payment is an amount calculated by converting the refundable deposit payment into a daily charge using the maximum permissible interest rate that applied at the time of admission. Under the previous accommodation bond rules, this was known as a periodic payment. The method of calculating the daily amount has not changed under the new rules.

HOW IS THE REFUNDABLE ACCOMMODATION PAYMENT AMOUNT DETERMINED?

The amount of the refundable accommodation payment is set for each type of accommodation that Abbeyfield Mortlake offers. Information on accommodation types, key features of the accommodation and the refundable accommodation deposit amount will be available to view or download from our website from May 2014.

The amount that a resident pays as a refundable accommodation payment is included in the new means tested care fee calculation. More information is available by contacting Abbeyfield Mortlake CEO on 03 5599 2901 or go to www.myagedcare.gov.au or phone myagedcare call center on 1800 200 422

DOES ABBEYFIELD MORTLAKE KEEP ANY MONEY FROM THE REFUNDABLE ACCOMMODATION PAYMENT?

Normally there will be no deductions from the capital value of the refundable accommodation payment while the resident is in care. Residents who choose a combination of RAD and DAP may elect to have the amount of the daily accommodation payment deducted from the capital balance of the refundable accommodation payment.

ARE THERE MINIMUM ASSETS THAT A RESIDENT MUST BE LEFT WITH?

Residents cannot be charged a refundable accommodation payment if it would leave them with less than the permissible asset value of 2.5 times the annual pension. A supported resident will not be asked to pay a refundable accommodation payment because they have assets less than this value.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO PAY THE REFUNDABLE ACCOMMODATION PAYMENT?

Refundable accommodation payments can be paid up to six months from the date of entry. Interest is calculated daily from the date of entry for unpaid RADs and is invoiced monthly. Residents may change their mind about their options for paying a RAD, DAP or combination up to 28 days after admission.

WHAT IS THE RATE OF INTEREST?

Interest rates for unpaid RADs are determined by the Australian Government, and are based on the Treasury Yield Note. The current rate of interest will be shown in the key features statement for each type of accommodation available.

WHAT ARE MY CHOICES FOR PAYING AN ACCOMMODATION PAYMENT?

Accommodation payments can be paid as lump sum amounts, by daily payment or a combination of both. Where accommodation payments are paid by a combination of RAD and DAP, the amount and frequency of the payment will be advised in the offer of care and is determined in conjunction with the resident. Amounts paid as daily accommodation payments are non-refundable.

WHEN ARE REFUNDABLE ACCOMMODATION PAYMENTS RETURNED?

As outlined in the Resident Agreement that we supply on admission, we guarantee repayment of the Refundable Accommodation Payment Balance in accordance with the following criteria.

The Refundable Accommodation Payment Balance will be refunded if:

  • The person being cared for dies; or
  • Ceases to be provided with Residential Care in the Care Facility; or
  • The Care Facility ceases to be certified under the Act.

The refundable accommodation payment balance will be refunded within the following time frames:

  • On death – within 14 days after the day on which a certified true copy of the grant of probate or letters of administration of your estate is produced to us;
  • On moving to another residential care service and:
    • We have been notified more than 14 days before the day on which you cease to receive care at the Abbeyfield Mortlake Facility – on the day on which the care ceases; or
    • We are notified within 14 days before the day on which you cease to receive care at the Abbeyfield Mortlake Facility – within 14 days after your notification; or
    • We are not notified of your intentions – within 14 days after we cease to provide care to you; or
  • In any other case – within 14 days of the happening of any of the circumstances set out above.

At the time the refundable accommodation payment balance is refunded, we must also pay to you interest on the outstanding refundable accommodation payment balance calculated at the Base Interest Rate for the period from the day after the occurrence of that event until the date on which the refundable accommodation payment balance is refunded in full.

If any of the events referred to above occur and the refundable accommodation payment balance is refunded to you after 14 days from the occurrence of that event, then, at the time the refundable accommodation payment balance is refunded, Abbeyfield Mortlake must:

  • For the first 14 days after the relevant event has occurred, pay to you interest on the outstanding refundable accommodation payment balance calculated at the Base Interest Rate for a period 14 days; and
  • Thereafter pay to you interest on the outstanding refundable accommodation payment balance calculated at the applicable Maximum Permissible Interest Rate until the date the refundable accommodation payment balance is refunded in full.

HOW DO I KNOW IF ABBEYFIELD MORTLAKE IS MANAGING MY ACCOMMODATION PAYMENT MONEY RESPONSIBLY?

Since 1 October 2011 the Disclosure Standard contained within the User Rights Principles has required that residents paying accommodation payments must receive a statement that the approved provider will provide certain information within seven days of a request (refer section 23.42(1)(c) of the User Rights Principles).

Abbeyfield Society (Mortlake) Inc is the approved provider for Abbeyfield House Mortlake. Under the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act), residents and prospective residents or their representatives are entitled to receive particular information from their approved provider on request.

This includes, in relation to the previous financial year:

  • A summary of the permitted uses for which Abbeyfield Mortlake has used refundable accommodation payments
  • Information about whether Abbeyfield Mortlake complied with the requirements for permitted uses of refundable accommodation payments and with the prudential requirements for refundable accommodation payments
  • Information about the number of refundable accommodation payment balances (if any) that were not refunded in accordance with the time frames set by the Act. For entry contributions (payable before 1997), information about the number (if any) that were not refunded in accordance with the entry contribution agreement
  • A copy of the independent audit opinion on Abbeyfield Mortlake compliance with the prudential requirements for accommodation payments
  •  Most recent statement of audited accounts of Abbeyfield Mortlake.

Abbeyfield Mortlake must also provide:

  • If you have already paid a refundable accommodation payment, a copy of your entry in the accommodation payments register
  • If Abbeyfield Mortlake invests refundable accommodation payments in particular kinds of permitted financial products, the investment objectives and the asset classes we may invest in.

Residents, prospective residents or their representatives may request any or all of the available information. Abbeyfield Mortlake must provide the information within seven days of the request, and the information must be correct at the time of the request.

HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

Abbeyfield Mortlake Chief Executive Officer will be happy to help with any further queries you may have:

(03) 5599 2901