Understanding costs in aged care

Choosing the right residential aged care home is often a big decision and can bring with it many important factors to consider. We know it is important that you choose the right home for yourself or a loved one, which is why we make it our mission to provide care that enables people to live their life the way they choose, in a comfortable environment and community.

When choosing an aged care home, you aren’t just investing in a new place to live, you are investing in your physical, emotional, social, cultural, spiritual and environmental wellbeing. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide on the various costs involved in aged care, so you can make an informed decision when it comes to selecting a home for yourself or your loved one. 

How do aged care fees work?
In Australia, residential aged care fees are regulated by the government and may be subsidised based on your income and assets. There are three main types of aged care fees in Australia:

  • Basic daily care fee
    This covers your daily living costs (such as meals, power, laundry, personal care) and is paid by all aged care home residents. Everyone can be asked to pay this fee, and if eligible, it will be 85% of the single person Age Pension. This fee is adjusted each March and September in line with changes to the Age Pension.
  • Means-tested care fee
    You may be asked to pay this fee if your income and assets are over a certain amount. It is calculated by the Department of Human Services and annual and lifetime caps apply.
  • Accommodation fee
    This covers your accommodation in the home and may be met in fill or in part by the government. It is only payable if your income and assets are over a certain amount and is assessed by the Department of Human Services.

Does Georges Estate have any extra services fees?
For a little extra each day, we offer a range of services that are designed to enhance your comfort, lifestyle and health.

  • Ultimate Service Package
    This fee covers a higher standard of accommodation in our home, as well as additional services.
    The Georges Estate Service Package includes our signature companion care, superior quality toiletries, linen and pillows, on-demand entertainment, unlimited Wi-Fi streaming, food and dining extras as well as exclusive discounts on a range of lifestyle services.
  • Superior Service Package
    Georges Estate also has a number of rooms that can take advantage of a higher standard of accommodation and services on our additional service package. The Superior Service Package includes a range of added benefits to enhance your comfort, lifestyle and health.
  • Respite Care
    The cost of respite care can vary and will depend on the services you access and the funding you are eligible for. If you can afford to, you will be expected to contribute to the cost of respite care, how much you’ll pay depends on your income.

If you access residential respite in an aged care home, you’ll be charged a daily fee to cover the cost of your care. To find out more about this, visit the My Aged Care Website.

Full details of these packages and extra service fees can be provided on request.

What is included in my Georges Estate fees?
From luxuriously appointed accommodation to world class wellness, fine dining and a dynamic and inclusive community, your investment at Georges Estate opens doors to a life of comfort, community and wellbeing.

We cater for a variety of care needs and preferences across the five different room types offered at Georges Estate. We have both single and companion rooms, with the companion rooms able to be configured for couples. Our companion rooms are also available as a single suite.

When choosing Georges Estate, you are investing in a culture of care and service as well as daily activities, cultural events, community gatherings, world-class amenities, food and dining, lifestyle programs and a fantastic wellbeing program.

Some of our programs include:

  • Concerts
  • Cooking Classes
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Quizzes
  • Films
  • Arts & crafts activities

Food and dining
Our in-house executive chef and culinary team prepare a wide range of meals, snacks and beverage options cooked fresh daily in our kitchen. We make sure our kitchen works side by side the best dietitians to make sure that every resident enjoys a variety of nutritionally balanced and texture-appropriate meals.

Life at Georges Estate also includes access to world class luxury facilities such as beautiful living and garden spaces, a state-of-the-art Wellness Centre, heated hydrotherapy pool, gymnasium, café and cinema. 

If you or a loved one are looking for residential aged care, there is no better way to see if our home is right for you than by taking a personal tour. You will be able to see the beautifully designed rooms and facilities for yourself and meet our dedicated team.

For more information or to book a tour contact us.


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