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The Fee Assessment Process

agedcareadvicemadeeasy May 28, 2019

The Fee Assessment process can be confusing - people generally are unsure about which of the four sets of fees they will be up for.

The first step to having it made clear is to get assessed!

The Dept of Human Services is responsible for assessing residents moving into aged care facilities.

Every individual will be required to complete an SA457 form (a combined income and asset assessment) that will determine whether they will pay the full raft of fees or whether they will be partially or fully supported by the government.

If an individual chooses not to complete the form, they will be required to pay the full raft of fees up to the limits of the imposed caps.

There are four sets of fees that can be payable, and whether an individual will be required to pay some or all of the fees will be determined by the assessment.

A letter of assessment will be forwarded to the resident who will be required to pass on to the facility of choice so they will know how to charge for care and accommodation.

The form can be onerous to complete for the elderly and their time poor families, so completion of the form for them will be a value add service.

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