Everyone in residential aged care (RAC) pays a basic daily fee that is set at 85% of the basic rate of the Pension. Residents with an annual income over $26,327.60, or assets over $47,500, pay additional fees.
In 2016, with funding from the Ben Bodna Award, the Summer Foundation researched the impact of paying residential aged care fees on young people in nursing homes and their families. This work helped us convince the NDIS to pay participants’ means-tested fees. Twelve months ago the NDIS agreed in principle that it would do this and we are pleased that we are now starting to see residential aged care costs and fees going into participant’s NDIS Plans. This is an important step and we want to thank everybody who took part in the research.