Understanding the Costs of Dementia Care

Fees and payment for specialist dementia care in a residential aged care setting is the same as in mainstream residential care.

All residents living in a residential aged care home, including those in dementia wings and high dependency units, are required to contribute to the costs of their care and accommodation, by paying a basic daily care fee and means tested care fee (if applicable).

Meanwhile the cost of respite care can vary, depending on the type of care being provided and the length of the stay.

People accessing respite care through a residential aged care home won’t have to pay for accommodation fees or any income-tested fees. Instead, there is a set basic daily fee, which is worked out as a percentage of the age pension. For more information visit My Aged Care.

How to Fund Dementia Care

The amount and the types of costs residents living with dementia are required to pay depends on the level of care, support and services they require.

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