This fee is perhaps the most understandable of all of the four sets of fees that may be payable. The Basic Daily Care Fee is the fee payable by all residents, regardless of their asset or income situation.
This fee will be payable by permanent aged care residents
and those individuals who require respite care in a facility.
It's intention is to cover the cost of care and is set at 85% of the
annual single age pension and will be indexed quarterly.
There is ONLY ONE EXEMPTION –veterans who are former prisoners
of war or Victoria Cross recipients will not have to pay this fee.
This fee covers:
IT COVERS THE COSTS OF CARE
This fee is currently $51.21 per day
and will cost the resident $18,691.65
pa (March 20, 2019 to June 30, 2019)
This fee is often misunderstood in that it is equal to 85% of the full single age pension. Some people who are on a partial pension will only interpret it as "85% of the age pension' - if they are only receiving $350 pf this fee is going to be grossly underestimated.