Aged Care Online

Need help finding an aged care provider? My Care Path offers a free support service. Call 1300 197 230

Arcare  -  Home page
In Australia there is a minimum cost of aged care set by the Government, which can be covered with the rate of the pension (plus rent assistance). If you are financially disadvantaged then there is financial assistance available. You can find out what you are entitled to by contacting My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.

Daily Care Fees

In subsidised aged care there are two key fees, daily care fees and accommodation payments.

Daily Care fees refer to the basic services which must be provided in all homes such as meals, laundry/cleaning and mobility assistance. In high level care homes daily care fees can include the cost of specialised equipment that the resident needs to function on a daily basis, help with medications, nursing procedures et cetera.

The daily care fees are calculated by:

  • A basic daily care fee
  • An income-tested fee

The basic daily care fee is paid by everyone, the fee paid by those who receive no other income other than the pension or are on a part pension. 

If you have other income other than the pension, you will be assessed to determine how much extra you may be required to pay.

Regardless of your income situation, you cannot be asked to pay more in daily care fees than the actual cost of your care.

Accommodation Payments

Accommodation payments are different to daily care fees and are used by aged care homes to improve buildings and services. Not everyone pays this fee as it depends on the value of your current assets.

When calculating your assets the family home is not included if it is being occupied by a spouse, dependent child, close relative or carer who has lived there continuously for the past five years and is on an income support payment.


The amount of the RAD/DAP is decided between you and the aged care provider.  If you decide to leave the home, the balance of the RAD will be refunded.

Find out more: Making Sense of RAD & DAP

Do you need help finding aged care services?

My Care Path can provide you with a complete end to end consultancy service to assist you in navigating the complexities of aged care. Our consultants are ready to help - call today for a friendly, no-obligation chat! 

Call 1300 197 230

Article posted:Jun 24, 2019
Category: Residential Aged Care

Unveiling Tranquil Aged Care Living: Explore Menarock LIFE Willowbrae's Open Day in Templestowe

on Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Discover the epitome of aged care living at Menarock LIFE Willowbrae Aged Care in Templestowe. You’re invited to join the Open Day and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the home’s beautiful courtyards and shared spaces, where comfort, privacy, and vibrant social connections converge harmoniously. Explore a lifestyle that nurtures your wellbeing and enriches your daily life.

Irene Dixon: South Australia’s Last Member of the Australian Women’s Land Army

on Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Mrs Irene Dixon, 101, describes her time in the Australian Land Army as ‘honest, hard work.’ Now a resident at Resthaven Port Elliot, Irene is believed to be the last surviving South Australian member of the Australian Women’s Land Army. ‘It’s not surprising really,’ she says with a wry smile. ‘Many of the women I was with were about 10 years older than me.’

Dalkeith Heights Photographic Exhibition Celebrates Resident’s Work

on Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Benetas Dalkeith Heights retirement village has launched an exhibition showcasing works by resident and professional photographer Norm Neilson. More than 50 people attended the exhibition launch in the retirement village’s community centre on Friday, 12 April with a number of the 83-year-old’s photographs sold the same night.

Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services Office Relocation

on Monday, April 22, 2024

With strong demand for home care services, Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services’ Mount Gambier office has moved to a new, larger office space at 13 Penola Road, Mount Gambier 5290. Manager, Theresa Connor, says, ‘Whilst our office at 15b James Street has served us well, with service demand increasing, we require more space from which to facilitate our high-quality support services for older people and their carers.’

Page 1 of 1010  > >>