Moving into an aged care home is a big change, and we want to make sure that you and your family are making informed decisions. It’s important to have a good understanding of the fees and costs associated with residential aged care, the government assistance that is available, and how to access the right care for you, so we have put together this guide. Support differs from person to person, so the financial options and care available to you will vary depending on your particular situation, the type of aged care you are looking for, and the aged care home you choose.
Aged care homes are able to offer more comprehensive support as you get older. They’re designed for people who can no longer live at home for a variety of reasons, such as illness and dementia. At ARRCS, we manage aged care homes in Alice Springs, Darwin and Katherine.
Generally, the cost is divided into three fees:
Government assistance is available to make sure you receive the care you need. Here’s what you need to do:
Once you understand the costs involved and the government assistance available, there are two main steps to accessing residential aged care:
Flexible residential care is offered at ARRCS facilities in Tennant Creek, Kaltukatjara (Docker River) and Mutitjulu as part of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program (NATSIFAC), which provides culturally informed aged care to older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people close to home and community. If a non-Indigenous person is accepted by the local community, they may also qualify. Under flexible aged care, we provide you with a mix of residential and home care services in accordance with your needs.
Residential respite care means a short stay in one of our care facilities or aged care homes. It can be planned, for example to enable your carer to take a break or go on a holiday, or it can be provided in an emergency, where we look after you at short notice, so you can get the assistance you need to get back on track. You can access residential respite for up to 63 days each financial year.