New website useful for working out aged care costs
And it renders great on a mobile too
Press release follows
People looking for aged care services in Durack now have access to a new online tool that will help them estimate their aged care costs.
The Fee Estimator, available online or via phone, allows people to enter their income and assets, and receive an estimate of the fees they may be asked to pay when entering residential care or accessing home care,” Melissa Price Federal Member for Durack said.
“Navigating the aged care system can be complex, but the Fee Estimator will help people access personalised information to help them prepare for aged care.”
Ms Price said the fee estimator is part of the aged care changes, effective 1 July and that will sit alongside pricing and accommodation information online.
“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 you can go online and use the estimator yourself,” Ms Price said.
“Residential aged care providers must publish the maximum prices they will charge, as well as payment options and a description of features of each type of accommodation room on offer.
“The Fee Estimator and the publication of information on facilities will empower consumers and their families in Durack to make decisions about the care that will best suit their needs.”
Ms Price said people often don’t start thinking about aged care services until something happens – such as a fall or poor health.
“But it’s important to start an early conversation about the options because this will help ensure 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 Price said.
“The most important thing older people and their families can do is learn about the choices available, so they can plan and make the right decision.
“I encourage residents of Durack, from the Kimberley to the wheatbelt, to find out more about aged care choices by visiting www.myagedcare.gov.au or call 1800 200 422.”