Two Types of Residential Care Fees

There are two methods by which fees are paid - privately funded or government subsidised.

Privately Funded:

Where your realisable assets are greater than the current allowable level you are required to pay the full residential care fee The current threshold (as at 1 July 2018) is:

Single Person $227,125 of assets
Married Couple (where both are in long-term residential care) $227,125 of assets
Married Couple (where only one is in long-term residential care) can choose either:  
Combined total assets EXCLUDING your family home, car and up to $10,000 in pre-paid funeral expenses $124,397 of assets
Combined total assets INCLUDING the value of your house and car $227,125 total assets

Government Subsidy:

You will be eligible for a Government subsidised if:

If you meet these criteria, the Southern District Health Board pays a subsidy. This subsidy, combined with your National Superannuation, covers the full cost of your care.

Note that Birchleigh may levy an additional charge for residents choosing one of our larger apartment style rooms. Click here for details.