Judy Chooses Her Care

Judy is a part pensioner who is happy to stay at home and receive a home care package in combination with the support she receives from her family. Judy receives a Level 2 package, which provides $44.24 per day towards the cost of her care. Judy owns her home and has $280,000 in a combination of bank accounts and shares as well as a reversionary pensioin of $10,000 p.a. from her late husbands defined benefit superannuation plan.

Judy’s income tested care fee will be calculated as:
$15,172 per year (Superannuation pension income plus deemed income from investments) plus $21,084 per annum age pension entitlement (less supplements) equals assessable Home Care Package income of $36,256 per year. Less the income free area of $31,140 per year equals $5,116 income above the threshold.

Multiply the remainder by $.50 and divide by 365. Judy’s income tested care fee would be $7.01 per day.

The cost to Judy of the home care package is $11.50 basic daily fee plus $7.01 income tested care fee equals $18.51 a day or $6,756 per year.

Ongoing Costs
Basic Daily Fee $4,198 p.a. $11.50 per day
Income Tested Care Fee $2,559 p.a. $7.01 per day
Total $6,756 p.a. $18.51 per day

The total value of the care package Judy can receive is $55.74 per day ($44.24 plus $11.50), or $20,345 per year.

Steve Jenkosky trading as Golden Age Advisory is an Authorised Representative of Synchron AFS License No. 243313.
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