Living Longer, Living Better

Major changes happened to the way aged care is funded on 1 July 2014. At Boort District Health our role is to ensure the community understands the changes and where we can help you to understand the payment structure for people moving into aged care.

What is Changing?

From 1 July 2014, the distinction between high and low care was removed, allowing consistent accommodation payments to apply for all new residents. All new residents will have an opportunity to have a choice in how they pay for their accommodation, with the option of paying a lump sum payment, a periodic payment or a combination of both.

What Does This Mean?

Residents who enter care at Boort District Health with an Aged Care Assessment Team approval for residential care from 1 July 2014 have the choice of paying a Refundable Accommodation Deposit (DAP) or a Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) or a combination of both. Residents may change their mind about the choice of payment up to 28 days after admission.

What is a Refundable Accommodation Deposit?

A Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) is an amount of money paid or payable by a resident for entry to residential care. The balance of RAD (after agreed deductions have been made) will be refunded to the resident or the estate at the end of the agreement for residential services.

What is a Daily Accommodation Payment?

A Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) is an amount paid after converting the RAD into a daily charge using the maximum permissible interest rate that is applied at the time of admission.

At Boort District Health the maximum accommodation price has been set at $550,000. However, new residents will have the choice to pay for their accommodation as RAD (a lump sum), an equivalent DAP (a periodic payment) or a combination of both. However, all fees are individually negotiated.

A resident who has assets below $40,500 and income below $22,701 will make no contribution towards the cost of their accommodation and their liability to contribute towards the cost of their care will be limited to the cost of the daily basic care fee that applies to all residents. The basic daily current fee is set at 85% of the single pension, or $45.63 per day

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What We Offer

You will meet exceptional staff who provide expertise and care to all residents. You will enjoy the privacy of your own room and have the benefits of sharing an intimate aged care community with access to on site group activities and other social supports.

Our Expertise

Boort District Health provides 24 hour nursing care, individual care plans and an activities program that caters for group and individual programs.

Our clinical care includes:

  • Access to general practice services,
  • Respite care
  • Qualified nursing staff 24 hours a day and 7 days a week,
  • Dementia specific programs,
  • Access to allied health services e.g. podiatry and physiotherapy
  • Access to dental services.
  • Individual care plans.

Enhancing Well- being

Leisure and social activities are designed to enhance the individual resident’s well-being and increase feelings of productivity and purpose.

Residents have access to movie nights and Foxtel which allows residents to keep up to date with the latest movies and world events. Internet and email access are available to enable residents to keep in touch with family and friends and pursue personal interests.

The physical activities program includes:

  • Rehabilitation services,
  • Access to physiotherapy services,
  • Keep fit programs,
  • Indoor bowls,
  • Gardening program including looking after the chooks, birds and vegetable garden,
  • Men’s Shed Activities,
  • Shopping trips,
  • Excursions,

Personal services include:

  • Hairdresser,
  • Laundry services,
  • Massage therapy,
  • Hand therapy including manicures,
  • Pastoral care,
  • Church based activities,

Meals

We understand that fresh, nutritious high quality meals are important to enhance the resident’s well-being. Residents choose all meals from an extensive menu.  Residents are provided with morning and afternoon tea and usually accompanied by homemade snacks. A pre-dinner drink is available and enjoyed by residents.

Amenities

A coffee machine offers many delicious choices and residents who prefer tea have a choice ranging from herbal to other blends. This service is also available for visitors.  A Happy Hour each Friday is popular pastime where friends and family join the residents for a sing a long and snacks and a drink afterwards.

Pastoral Care

A Chaplain who provides an ecumenical program is available to any resident or family/carer. The key aspect of the program is that we respect the spiritual diversity of every resident. Each week regular church services are provided by the various religious groups located in Boort.