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AGED CARE CHANGES
RECENT LARGE-SCALE CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE
TO BOTH RESIDENTIAL AND COMMUNITY AGED
CARE, INCLUDING CLIENT CONTRIBUTION CHANGES.
BRENDAN MOORE, GENERAL MANAGER – POLICY, RESEARCH AND INFORMATION, ALZHEIMER’S AUSTRALIA NSW
My Aged Care commenced
operating in July 2013 with a
website and telephone contact
centre. At this stage it is working
as a central source of information
for people to contact to find and
access the services they need.
T: 1800 200 422
Access to residential and packaged
care remains through Aged Care
Assessment Teams.It is proposed
that future developments of the
My Aged Care service will see it
manage screening, assessment,
client records, service matching
and electronic referrals.
Access to the Home and
Community Care Program and
National Respite for Carers Program
remains unchanged, and you
can self-refer or refer others to
organisations that provide these
services. Again, the My Aged
Care service can help you locate
these services in your area.
The National Dementia Helpline
remains unchanged. You can contact
the Helpline at any time; it isn’t
just for emergencies or times of
crisis. You can call for information
or queries you may have.
RESIDENTIAL AGED CARE
The distinction between low and
high care in Residential Aged Care
(formerly called hostel and nursing
home) has been removed.
Bonds on low- care beds and
daily charges have been replaced
by a combination of basic daily
fees, a means-tested care fee
and accommodation payments.
Everyone’s circumstances will be
different depending on their income
and assets and you may wish
to access advice from a service
that specialises in this area. The
Australian Government regulates the
costs you may have to pay; it is not
a decision the aged care provider
makes. More information is available
om the My Aged Care website.
A dementia supplement in
residential aged care was a feature of
the aged care reforms, however, in
June 2014 the Government stopped
this without warning. Alzheimer’s
Australia continues to advocate for
people with dementia in residential
aged care and for the reinstatement
of a program that achieves the
Government objectives of supporting
the individual residents who have
very high behaviour support needs.
Community Aged Care Packages and
Extended Aged Care in the Home
packages have been replaced by
a four-level system of Home Care
Packages – one being the lowest
level and four being the highest.
Each of the four levels includes a
supplement for dementia that equates
to 10 per cent of the value of the
Home Care Package. For example,
the Level 1 package subsidy paid
to the aged care provider is $21.43
per day, with an additional $2.14 per
day paid in the form of a Dementia
and Cognition Supplement.
New Home Care Package clients
from 1 July 2014 are now subject to
an income test to determine their
individual fee. A basic daily fee of
17.5 per cent of the single basic Age
Pension will remain in place as a
minimum contribution. The income
test will determine whether you
need to make a higher payment. The
Australian Government, not the aged
care provider, regulates the costs.
More information is available on
the My Aged Care website.
Since 1 August 2013, all new
Home Care Packages must have
been delivered on a consumer-
directed care (CDC) basis. Packages
allocated prior to 1 August 2013
are not subject to this requirement
until 1 July 2015, so you may
find variation until that date.
CDC means that you should have
greater choice, control and flexibility
in the types of care and support
you receive, who delivers it and
when. Packages are still allocated to
providers, not to the client, so you
can’t change who manages your
There are no changes to the Home
and Community Care Program,
National Respite for Carers Program,
Day Therapy Centres Program and
Assistance with Care and Housing for
the Aged Program until 1 July 2015.
NATIONAL DEMENTIA HELPLINE
The National Dementia Helpline remains unchanged. You can contact the
Helpline at any time, and it isn’t just for emergencies or times of crises.
T: 1800 100 500
GET IN TOUCH
This article is the first in a
series that will inform people
with dementia, their carers
and families about changes
to aged care and dementia
services. To suggest topics for
discussion in future editions,
contact Brendan Moore.
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