Changing providers or care types
The annual and lifetime caps follow a care recipient as they move between providers, services and care types.
Home care package income-tested fees and residential care means-tested fees accrue against a person’s annual and lifetime cap from the date of their first entry into home care or residential care on or after 1 July 2014.
Any means-tested care fees paid in residential care counts towards the annual cap in home care in the year a care recipient moves to a home care package. These fees also count towards the lifetime cap in home care.
If a care recipient was receiving residential care before 1 July 2014 and moves into home care after 1 July 2014, only the income-tested care fees paid from the time the care recipient starts home care count for the annual and lifetime caps.
Any income-tested care fees paid in a home care package count towards the annual cap in residential care in the year that a care recipient moves into residential care. These fees also count towards the lifetime cap in residential care.
If a care recipient was receiving home care before 1 July 2014 and moves into residential care after 1 July 2014, only the means-tested care fees paid after the move are counted for the annual and lifetime caps.
Page last updated: 22 February 2019
This information was printed 25 November 2020 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/organisations/health-professionals/services/aged-care-entry-requirements-providers/you-need-know/changing-providers-or-care-types. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.