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Do I qualify for a residential care subsidy?

Do I qualify for a residential care subsidy?

The Government provides a residential care subsidy which is dependent on your having had a financial means assessment and the findings of that assessment.

We can provide you with a copy of the Ministry of Health book ‘Long Term Residential Care for Older People - What you need to know’. This book is also available on the Ministry of Health web site.

How do I apply for a residential care subsidy?

How do I apply for a residential care subsidy?

You need to contact WINZ directly for a subsidy application.

We can provide you with a copy of the Ministry of Health book - ‘Long Term Residential Care for Older People - What you need to know’.

This book is also available on the Ministry of Health web site.

What is not covered by fees?

What is not covered by fees?

Personal toiletries and effects as well as additional services you may choose to have e.g. hairdresser, pay television charges, telephone line rental, podiatry and physiotherapy (if not referred by GP), etc are paid by you. Additionally, some medications, i.e. non Pharmac prescribed drugs will also be on-charged to you if required.

This will be covered in greater depth in the Resident Admission Agreement which you will get to read and discuss before you are required to sign anything.

If I apply for a subsidy, do I pay the fees until it is granted?

If I apply for a subsidy, do I pay the fees until it is granted?

Yes, you will need to pay the fees privately up until the time a subsidy is granted. However, Summerset will back pay any entitlement to the subsidy commencement date and a refund will be processed if you are eligible. This will only be backdated for a period of 90 days so you should ensure your application is made before or on admission.

Do I need to sign over my superannuation to Summerset if I qualify for a subsidy?

Do I need to sign over my superannuation to Summerset if I qualify for a subsidy?

You will be asked on application of subsidy if you would like your superannuation to be paid directly to your care provider (Summerset). If you choose not to do this you will need to pay this portion of your care privately.

We highly recommend that this portion is signed over to Summerset to ensure your fees are paid in full.

If I don’t have a subsidy, how much will it cost?

If I don’t have a subsidy, how much will it cost?

This depends on a variety of factors such as level of need and the type of room chosen. The Nurse Manager will discuss this with you in full.