Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions and answers have been provided for your assistance as you consider the possibility of aged care for yourself or a loved one. If you have any questions about aged care please call us on 08 6279 3636 or for more detailed aged care information, visit the My Aged Care website.

Who is eligible for residential aged care?

Before entering an aged care facility in Australia, all applicants must be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). This assessment will ascertain whether or not you or a loved one are eligible to receive residential aged care services.

How do I get an Aged Care Assessment?

This can be done through your doctor or directly through the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT).

How do I apply for a place at Braemar?

Contact us to determine if there are places available at one of our facilities. We will provide you with an application form if applicable.

What happens after I accept an offer of placement?

Once you have accepted a place at Braemar, you are considered one of our residents and Braemar will be your new home. You and your family may arrange a visit before you move in to become familiar with your new surroundings. You have up to seven days to move into your new home at Braemar once you have agreed to accept the placement.

What are the costs involved?

The Australian Government helps with the cost of residential aged care by providing funding to aged care homes. The Government also expects people who can afford aged care to contribute to the cost of their own care.

You will need a Financial Assessment from Centrelink or Veterans Affairs to determine the amount of Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) or Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) to be paid. More details can be found at the My Aged Care website.

What is a RAD?

A Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) occurs if you pay the full cost of your accommodation as a lump sum. The RAD works like an interest-free loan to an aged care provider. By choosing this method of payment (within 28 days of entering an aged care home) residents have six months after entering to pay the RAD.

The balance of the RAD is refunded (to the resident or their estate) when they leave the aged care home, less any amounts agreed to be taken out. Any deductions, such as extra services or care fees, must first have been agreed with you in writing and listed in the resident or accommodation agreement.

For more detailed information, visit the My Aged Care website.

What is a DAP?

Residents who pay for the full cost of their accommodation and make rental-style payments are paying what is referred to as a daily accommodation payment (DAP).

The amount paid is a daily rate. Daily accommodation payments and contributions, unless you have paid in advance, are not refundable if you leave the aged care home.

For more detailed information, visit the My Aged Care website.

What is accreditation?

Accreditation is a rigorous external evaluation process for an aged care provider, conducted at regular intervals. All aged care facilities must be accredited in order to be considered an approved provider under the Aged Care Act of 1997. All of Braemar Presbyterian Care’s facilities are fully accredited.

What is Respite Care?

Respite care is a way to give carers, family, friends; as well as the resident; some time away when needed. Designed as short-term care for people that need extra assistance before the return to their own community, respite care can be used in emergencies or on a planned basis. If your carer becomes ill, takes a holiday or is absent for any reason, respite care is designed to fill the gap.