Aged Care Advice
Government support can help you access the care you need – whether you’re living in your own home or an aged care residence.
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Navigating the costs of aged care can be difficult.
But accessing the right government support can make it easier – regardless of whether you’re getting help at home, receiving short-term care, or moving permanently into aged care.
Your MiQ adviser can guide you through the process of applying for benefits, maximising your existing payments, and improving your financial wellbeing.
Schedule a free 30-minute consultation to find out more.
What happens if your partner needs aged care support and can’t afford it – but you want to keep living in your home?
The federal government’s Home Equity Access Scheme means you could be eligible for a government loan based on your residence’s equity.
With no fixed repayment periods and a no-negative-equity guarantee, the scheme can be a good way to pay for aged care-related costs – without using your savings.
Schedule a free consultation to find out if the scheme is the right option for you.
If you or a loved one are experiencing a life-limiting illness, managing your expenses is critical – and so is preparing for the future.
MiQ can help guide you through the financial aspects of end-of-life care, such as paying for treatment, finalising your estate planning, and liaising with insurers.
Book a free 30-minute meeting online or in person to find out how we can help.
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Your Age Care Questions, Answered
Income assessments and means assessments are two types of government assessments that may be conducted if you are applying for a Home Care Package or moving into an aged care home.
Income assessments evaluate how much income you receive, and whether you’ll need to pay for income-tested home care. Assessable income includes government payments, income from financial assets, income from businesses, and superannuation payments.
Means assessments evaluate how much your financial assets are worth. Assessable assets include cash, shares and securities, investment properties, and superannuation.
Most income and means assessments are conducted by Services Australia, but, if you’re a veteran, your assessment(s) might be conducted by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs instead.
|You get the full pension if you earn less than …
|You get a pension reduced by 50 cents for every dollar you earn over …
|You’re not eligible for the pension if you earn more than …
|If you are single
|If you are a couple living together (combined amount)
|If you are a couple living apart due to ill health (combined amount)
The assets test is used by Services Australia to assess whether you’re eligible for the Age Pension. It assesses the combined value of every asset you and your partner own (but doesn’t include income, which is a separate test).
You can find the cut-off limits for a full Age Pension, a part pension, and a transitional rate of pension here. If you’re not eligible for the pension because your assets are worth too much, you may be able to apply for asset hardship provisions or take advantage of the Home Equity Access Scheme.
Yes, you can own an investment property and still receive the Age Pension, although you’ll need to pass both the income and assets tests.
For example, if, as a part of a couple, you owned your own home and an investment property worth $700,000 (with the remainder of your assets totalling less than $303,000), and your only income was $650 a week in rent from your investment property, you and your partner could potentially receive a combined $1,041.40 per fortnight.
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