The paperwork and financials required to apply to a residential care home can seem overwhelming. That’s where we can help. Our team has the knowledge and experience to help you navigate through the process from start to finish. This may include advising you to seek independent financial advise.

Abbey Gardens offers accommodation to people living in the Gippsland area and beyond. We welcome requests to tour Abbey Gardens. Our administration staff will provide an admission package to interested prospective clients following the tour of Abbey Gardens. The package includes an:Photo of Side walkway

  • An information booklet,
  • Privacy statement,
  • Application form
  • Prudential Compliance statement
  • Fees, Charges & Payment Statement

In order to reside at Abbey Gardens, we require the following documentation to be returned:

  • Application for admission
  • Aged Care Assessment Record from the ACAT or the aged care gateway provider
  • Income & Asset Assessment for Residential Aged Care
  • Statement from Centrelink or completed Non Disclosure form

With this information, the team at Abbey Gardens will assist with the admission process.


Easy Guidelines to Aged Care

The Aged Care industry is regulated by the Commonwealth Government of Australia. Abbey Gardens is an Approved Provider of residential, respite, palliative, flexible, transitional and dementia care, and is responsible to the Department of Health (DoH).


Aged Care Assesment Team (ACAT & ACAR Assessment)

For a person to enter a residential Aged Care facility, he or she need to be assessed through an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). Referrals to these teams can be made by a GP or requested by a relative. An assessment may take up to 6 weeks depending on the team. Our care recipients are usually assessed by the Gippsland Aged Care Assessment Services (Ph 1800 242 696) but assessments can come from outside this region.

Following the assessment, the team will issue an Aged Care Assessment Record (ACAR), which will indicate the level of care assessed as well as the type of residential care needed. This could be respite, permanent and quite often both.
Abbey Gardens will be able to claim appropriate payments from the Australian Government according to the level of care indicated by the above assessment. This will go towards the total cost of care needed to provide quality assistance and support for the care recipient.


Asset Assessment

In order to determine the amount of contribution required by each resident we need to view an individual Income and Asset Assessment for Residential Aged Care which can be obtained via Centrelink. Documentation for application for this assessment is available online. This may also take up to 6 weeks.

You may be asked to pay the following contributions:

  • Daily Basic Care Fee (BCF)
  • Daily Income Tested Fee (ITF)
  • Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) or;
  • Residential Accommodation Deposit (RAD) or
  • A combination of the DAP & RAD

Please note that the BCF’s, ITF’s and DAP’s can change every 6 months as per Department of Health (DoH). Further information about Abbey Garden’s DAP pricing will be provided during your tour.

Once the above documentation has been obtained, you or a representative may follow the admission processes for the residential care home.

The Australian Government provides information on the “My Aged Care” (create hyperlink: web site and via the National Contact Centre. The website and contact centre are designed to provide a national “one-stop” shop for everything aged-care related. You can visit the website or call 1800 200 422 for further assistance.