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From July 1 this year, the Federal
Government introduced changes
to the Aged Care (Living Longer
Living Better) Bill, which governs the
provision of aged care services in
Southern Cross Care Chief
Executive Officer Andrew Larpent
has compiled answers to frequently
asked questions about the changes.
Why are changes being made?
The Federal Government has stated
that progressive changes are being
introduced to give consumers more
choice, easier access and better
care, while building a better and
more sustainable aged care system.
How do I access aged care now?
Access to aged care remains
the same. The need for an Aged
Care Assessment Team (ACAT)
assessment will still apply for
those seeking Commonwealth
funding support. This assessment
determines eligibility for aged
care and can be arranged by your
local doctor. You can apply for
aged care via aged care providers
once the assessment is complete.
The Australian Government has
established My Aged Care at www.
myagedcare.gov.au to help people
navigate the aged care system.
How will the changes affect
The legislation will be amended to
remove the distinction between care
recipients approved for high care or
Key changes will include a new
combined income and assets test
and new caps on the amount of
means tested care fees a resident
pays annually and over a lifetime.
All care recipients who can afford to
contribute to their accommodation
costs -- as determined by the means
test -- will have a choice of paying
for their accommodation through
a refundable accommodation
deposit (RAD), daily accommodation
payments (DAP), or a combination
The new RAD is similar to the
previous accommodation bond and
is fully refundable to the resident or
their estate when they leave.
All accommodation prices are
published on the organisations'
websites and the Government's
My Aged Care website, www.
Basic daily care fees will remain.
These cover living costs such as
meals, power and laundry. The fee
is set at 85 per cent of the standard
pension, currently $46.50 per day,
and increased in line with changes
to the aged pension. For some
people this is the only fee they are
required to pay. The Australian
Government will provide fully
supported care for residents with
assets valued below $45,000 and
partially supported care for residents
with assets valued between $45,000
How will the changes affect in-
Means testing for in -home care was
introduced from 1 July 2014.
In-home care recipients on a full
pension will receive fully subsidised
care. Recipients on a part pension
will be asked to make weekly
contributions to the cost of their in-
home care, up to a maximum $5000
each year. Privately funded retirees
will also be asked to make weekly
contributions, up to a maximum
$10,000 per year. The income-tested
fees will be reviewed on a quarterly
basis. Remaining care costs will be
subsidised by Government.
I'm already receiving aged care.
How will the changes affect me?
Fee changes will not apply to anyone
receiving aged care prior to 1 July
2014, unless you change the type
of care you receive or leave your
aged care home for more than 28
days. Some in-home care recipients
may be required to move from
their existing package to consumer
directed care (CDC) within the
next year, by 1 July 2015. CDC
provides greater choice over the
kind of support you receive, when
you receive it and who you receive
it from. Your aged care provider will
work with you to make this transition.
Where can I learn more?
Speak with your aged care provider
or contact My Aged Care at
www.myagedcare.gov.au or phone
1800 200 422.
Ground-breaking centre an Australian first
Aged care bill -- what it means for you
both empowering them to return to
their own homes after short-term
stays or to live more independently
in long term care.
ACH Group Chief Executive Dr Mike
Rungie said that ViTA's unique
combination of partners, health
co-location, innovative services,
research and targeted outcomes
made it a national and possibly
world first in aged care.
"ViTA won't just deliver services
to restore good health, it will take
the next step in working with older
people to achieve greater community
contribution and productivity," he
"ViTA questions the way we currently
think about aged care, opening new
avenues for people to live productive
lives in their own homes and
communities well into old age."
ViTA will train hundreds of
undergraduate students each year,
creating a new breed of aged care
workers and a learning community
of universities, industry, employees,
older people and their families.
"ViTA is already attracting interest
from aged care providers, policy
makers and educators nationally,"
Dr Rungie said.
If you would like to know more
about ViTA, visit www.ach.org.au
Helen Raduntz happy to get back to her regular life
Adelaide resident Helen Raduntz was enjoying a day
out dolphin watching on a cataramaran when the
unthinkable happened -- she slipped and broke her
"It was a terrible break, very severe, and took some
time to heal," the active senior recalls. "I couldn't
put any weight on my ankle and I live alone, so
staying at home was out of the question.
Helen spent a number of weeks in ACH Group's City
Views -- which has since transitioned to ViTA -- while
Helen said while having her computer with her
allowed her to keep in
touch with colleagues,
friends and family, as
an academic she was
keen to get back to her
local community so
that she could continue
researching and contributing to the education sector.
"The staff were excellent; very caring, but it was good
to return home again so I could continue doing the
things I love. I'm just putting the finishing touches on
a book that I hope will soon be published."
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