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Deakin Cottage Fee Schedule

Carers ACT operates Deakin Cottage to enable carers of people who are ageing and/or have dementia to have a short break.


Deakin Cottage is a low care service. It is open to all ACT and NSW seniors or people with early onset dementia depending on individual care needs.  Priority will be given to clients with Dementia.

Fees apply; however, clients may be eligible for the costs of the service to be subsidised.

Minimum Basic Fee

There is a minimum basic daily fee for services.  Additional fees may apply depending on eligibility for subsidy or fee assistance.

Overnight minimum basic fee

There is a minimum basic daily fee which is 85% of the single basic Age Pension. This fee is adjusted in line with pension increases in September and March each year.

As at 20 September 2018, this fee is $50.66 per day.

If this fee is unaffordable, Carers ACT will discuss and agree an affordable fee.  Clients will not be refused access the Cottage based on ability to pay.

Day Activities minimum basic fee

For clients attending day activities the minimum basic daily fee is $10 per half day and $20 per full day (8.30am to 5.30pm). Additional fees may apply for excursions.

If this fee is unaffordable, we will discuss and agree an affordable fee. Clients will not be refused access to the Cottage based on ability to pay.


ACT Residents Eligible for Subsidy

Seniors

To access services at the minimum basic fee, ACT residents aged 65 and over or 50 or more if Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander must be referred to the service through My Aged Care.

My Age Care will assess the client’s eligibility for a referral to our Cottage Overnight or Centre Based Day Care service under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

ContactMy Aged Care

1800 200 422 (Mon-Fri: 8am-8pm, Sat: 10am – 2pm)


Clients with NDIS plan

Clients with an NDIS plan that includes short term accommodation and assistance can access the service under their plan. Clients may also choose to use some of their flexible core support funding to access this service.

The fee for NDIS funded clients staying overnight will be the applicable short-term accommodation rate in the NDIS price guide. The fee for NDIS funded clients attending the day program will be the applicable per hour rate in their NDIS plan.


Full Fee Paying Clients

Clients with Home Care Packages or other means to pay full fees are also welcome at the Cottage.

Full Fee for short stays is aligned to the NDIS price guide and as at August 2018 is:

These fees are based on a 24 hour period will be reviewed and updated in line with the NDIS guide.

Day Program full fee is $75 per day (8.30am to 5.30pm).  Excursions may incur extra charges.


Southern NSW Residents

Carers ACT, through its Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Service, can assist carers from Southern NSW to have a break by arranging for the person they care for to have a short stay at Deakin Cottage.  Full fees apply however cost may be subsidised depending on the Carer’s capacity to pay.  The minimum basic fee applies.

If this fee is unaffordable, we will discuss and agree an affordable fee. Clients will not be refused access to the Cottage based on ability to pay.


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations with 48 hours’ notice or more before start time will result in no charge. Cancellations within 48 hours will incur the full cost of the hours of support due to be delivered for the first two days of the stay.


UPDATE Cottage Hours Over Public Holidays

Deakin Cottage will now be open Public Holidays (except over Easter Public Holidays and between Christmas – New Year) for overnight stays only. We do not operate a Day Program on Public Holidays.

As you will appreciate, the costs of operation on a Public Holiday are significantly higher, therefore the minimum basic fee on Public Holidays is also higher and is $100 per day. (This fee will also be reviewed in March and September each year). 

If this fee is unaffordable, Carers ACT will discuss and agree an affordable fee.  Clients will not be refused access the Cottage based on ability to pay.


GST

The fees above do not include GST. GST will be applied in accordance with section 38-B of the GST Act.  Services provided under NDIS are GST free.  GST will be added to fees in business to business transactions related to Home Care Packages.


Want to Know More?

Download our Carers ACT – Deakin Cottage Client Handbook This contains more detailed information for carers about Deakin Cottage.

 

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