People looking for aged care services on the Central Coast will now have access to an online tool that will help them estimate their aged care costs.
“The Fee Estimator, available online or via phone, will allow people to enter their income and assets, and receive an estimate of the fees they may be asked to pay when they enter residential care or access home care,” said Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks.
“Navigating the aged care system can be complex, but the Fee Estimator will help older people access personalised information to help them prepare for aged care.” Ms Wicks said that the fee estimator has been made available as part of the aged care changes that came into effect on 1 July.
Ms Wicks said the Fee Estimator would sit alongside clear pricing and accommodation information online to help people make informed choices. “People can call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to talk to a real person who will help them work through the fee estimator, or they can go online and use the estimator themselves.
“Residential aged care providers are now required to publish the maximum accommodation prices they will charge from 1 July, as well as payment options and a description of key features of each type of accommodation room on offer. “The Fee Estimator and the publication of more detailed information on aged care facilities will empower consumers and their families on the Coast to make decisions about the care that will best suit their needs.
“It’s important to start an early conversation about what care options are available to you or a loved one, because this will help ensure older people get the support and care they need to keep them safe and living independently, or to find the residential aged care setting that’s right for them,” Ms Wicks said.
Media release, 11 Jul 2014
Tim Sowden, office of
Lucy Wicks MP