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John Curtin Aged Care is a sixty-five bed accredited aged care facility providing residential care services to the people of Creswick and surrounding districts.
The service is made up of two respite beds and sixty-three permanent beds of which sixteen are dementia specific. Around the home there are also seventeen independent living units.
All applicants for accommodation at John Curtin Aged Care need to be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) as being in need of residential care.
ACATs help older people and their carers work out what kind of care will best meet their needs when they are no longer able to manage at home without assistance. Click here for more information on How an ACAT can help you.
There are five steps to follow when you think you need to move into an aged care home. They are:
This is done by your local ACAT. Call us here at John Curtin and speak to us about eligibility requirements and help, if needed, to refer you to your local ACAT for a mandatory assessment
Arrange a convenient time to come and visit our Home. Make a list of all the questions you have for us.
Talk with our Finance Manager or CEO on 5345 9999 about fees and seek independent Financial Advice. Discuss your decision with family and friends. Review your estate and consider appointing a representative.
Complete the Application for Permanent Entry to an Aged Care Home and submit it to administration.
Make arrangements to relocate and decide what items are important to take with you. Notify those who need to know about your move. Settle in and familiarise yourself with your new home and neighbours.
The following services may be available at the resident's request for an additional fee:
All residents pay the same basic daily care fee. This fee covers daily living expenses including meals, laundry, basic amenities and housekeeping. The amount is set by the Commonwealth Government and indexed every six months according to pension increases.
Current fee information is available on the Commonwealth Government website or by contacting our Finance Manager on 5345 9999
Permanent residents may be asked to pay a daily means-tested fee depending on their income and assets level and care requirements. The amount paid depends on the outcome of an assessment conducted by Centrelink or the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Residents seeking financial assistance must complete an Income and Assets Assessment Form available from administration. This assessment must be completed at the time of negotiating entry into the home.
Residents may be asked to contribute towards the cost of their accommodation by paying a refundable accommodation deposit (RAD) or an equivalent daily payment (DAP). A resident will only be asked to pay a RAD if their assets exceed a specified amount set by the Commonwealth Government. John Curtin has set bed prices of $350,000 and $400,000 - see page "Costs and Fees"
For more information on RADs and DAPs visit the Commonwealth Government website or contact our Finance Manager on 5345 9999.
Fees are payable monthly and in advance.
A direct debit arrangement where fees are deducted monthly from a nominated bank account is the preferred method of payment. John Curtin also accepts credit card, cheques or cash payments. (Credit card surcharge applies)
Talk with our Finance Manager on 5345 9999 to establish the payment arrangements that work best for you and your family.
John Curtin recommends all prospective residents consult a qualified and independent financial advisor prior to signing a Residential Care Agreement.