I’m shocked. The cost of residential care seems high. Is it?
We understand, the cost for living in a residential care home does seem high, however a bit of a reality check shows that it’s not at all.
The following is a comparison with someone living in a hotel and buying in home support services three times a week. No other activities such as therapy, entertainment or outings are included. To meet some of these social needs the person could go out to a subsidised day programme. (The transport cost and a top up fee is usually additional.)
If the person has been assessed and is eligible for support, some of the home support services such as personal care and a day programme, may be subsidised.
Example of someone receiving home support services in 3-star serviced hotel with kitchenette. Pricing is variable and indicative only.
Per week incl. GST
Per year incl. GST
3 Star Serviced apartment in a hotel
$140 incl GST per day
Groceries, prepared & frozen meals
$20 incl GST per day (includes delivery)
Personal laundry etc
$45 incl GST (1x week - e.g., laundrette)
$55 incl GST (3x week - e.g., home support service)
Support workers transport costs
72 cents per km incl GST (8.4 km round trip - 3x per week)