Aged Care Costs & Financial Considerations

Basic Daily Fee

Aged care costs is set out by the Government and equates to 85% of the full pension. The fee amount will be reviewed by the government on the 20th March and 20th September each year in line with the pension increase. Everyone in aged care is required to pay this fee unless they are experiencing financial hardship which will be determined by Services Australia.

Means Tested Care Fee

This fee is determined by Services Australia upon completing a means test and will be required to pay a contribution toward the cost of care. This is capped annually and over a resident’s lifetime.

Aged Care Costs

Accommodation Fee Options

In addition to care fees you may also be required to pay an accommodation payment. The accommodation payment refers to the price of the room that you choose and will vary across aged care homes. The amount that you are required to pay is based upon an individual’s assets and income and is determined by Services Australia upon completing a means test. You may be required to pay all or contribute to the cost of your accommodation. The means test is not compulsory to complete, but for those who choose not to you will be required to pay the full room price.

Additional Service Fees

There are however a few extra fees for a number of optional choices that come with a small extra cost.

Optional Extras

  • Telephone in room
  • Foxtel

  • Wireless internet
  • Electrical testing of personal items
  • Hairdressing

  • Clothing labelling and

  • Dry Cleaning and ironing of clothes

Fee Collection

Delta Care homes collect the applicable fees and charges on a monthly basis in advance (except for respite which is done fortnightly). Fees are collected by direct debit. We do not charge additional fees for using direct debit. In order to maintain our high level of care and customer service for residents, we usually require a guarantor for new admissions.