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Residential Accommodation Costs

From 1st July 2014 all aged care providers are required to provide prospective residents and their representatives with information regarding the type and standard of accommodation available and the maximum costs associated with that accommodation.

Emmerton Park Residential Aged Care facility provides residential care to the Circular Head community. Emmerton Park is a nationally recognised aged care organisation:
• ACSA National Organisation Award 2013
• ACST State Organisation Award 2011 and 2012
• National Better Practice Award 2012

Our Facility

Construction of the Emmerton Park Aged Care Facility, designed by specialist aged care architects Philp Lighton, was completed in 2008 and the central walkway was added in 2011 reducing the distance between our main lounge and dining room.

Our facility is located adjacent to the Senior Citizens’ Centre and close to our independent living unit sites. Smithton township, shopping and business district, medical centre and hospital are within 1.5km to the facility.

Common Areas and Services

Our facility has numerous common and dining areas including:
• Main dining room which is located adjacent to the kitchen to ensure residents can enjoy the activity and aromas from the kitchen. The walls are adorned with quality art work with a local or dining theme. Outdoor dining is available in our central courtyard where barbeques are often held in warmer months. We hold special buffet luncheons regularly which allow all residents a selection of local, seasonal and Tasmanian produce skilfully prepared by our professional catering staff. A smaller dining area provides intimate surroundings for residents requiring privacy and special assistance. All dining areas are fitted with contemporary designer furniture.
• Lounges are furnished with comfortable lounge chairs designed specifically for the aged. Each lounge has a theme. Cosy Corner allows residents to sit and enjoy craft, needlework, knitting and socialising with families and friends. Our Sports Bar includes a gallery of sporting memorabillia and cable TV. Our Sun Room overlooks the residents' vegetable gardens. Our large Main Lounge has a large screen TV and is the venue for most group activities and has computers available for resident use. The Special Needs Lounge has been upgraded with older style features such as fireplace and mantlepiece and provides access to the secure garden.
• Our chapel seats 60 people and is available for private services. We also have a Family Quiet Room which can cater for overnight stays and family meetings. Residents have their own hair salon available for our weeklyservice or private haircare arrangements.
• Our landscaped central courtyard features shade cloth, raised gardens, water features and statues and other rural ornaments. We even have our own ducks that give residents a lot of joy.
• Residents have their own vegetable and fruit gardens, hot house and raised beds.

Residents' Rooms

Our facility comprises 61 single rooms with private ensuite and all rooms are of equal size. Our rooms are similarly furnished and overlook our beautifully maintained gardens and the Smithton township.

Each room comprises a living area of 19m² and private ensuite of 5m² and each room is furnished with electric adjustable (predominantly floor line or low/line type) beds with a full range of soft bedding and bedside cabinets. All rooms have discreet in-ceiling lifting apparatus, double wardrobe, picture rail, safe, individually controlled heating and 12 power points.

Entertainment features include wall-mounted television, Wi-Fi and our own award-winning live radio station EP Radio 99.9FM.

Accommodation Costs

If your assets are more than the threshold amount set by the Australian Government, you will be required to make an accommodation payment. This payment will go towards your aged care home accommodation.

Before you sign your Resident Agreement, we will agree to the amount of the accommodation payment with you. You will have 28 days to decide the method of your payment which will be either:
a) A Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD), or
b) A Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP), or
c) A combination of the two
Please note the DAP is the default payment method.

If you are seeking government assistance with aged care accommodation costs, you must undergo an income and assets assessment by the Department of Human Services or the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

If your assets are less than the lower cut-off level, you won't need to make an accommodation payment. Cut off levels are determined by the Department of Human Services.

The maximum price for all resident rooms at Emmerton Park is $304,000 and we provide examples of each payment method below:

Example 1 RAD by Lump Sum Only
Maximum Price = $304,000
The Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) is 100% refundable upon departure from Emmerton Park. Retentions from the RAD do not apply after 1st July 2014. You may request, in writing, for other fees and charges, to be deducted from your RAD (conditions apply).

Example 2 (DAP)
DAP = Daily Accommodation Payment (periodic payment which effectively replaces the Daily Accommodation Charge). DAP is calculated as follows:
RAD x Maximum Permissible Interest Rate (MPIR)/365.
RAD = $304,000 equates to $47.47 per day.

Example 3 Combination of RAD and DAP
RAD 50%                   =          $152,000
DAP 50%                   =          $23.74

DAP calculated by Maximum RAD less RAD Paid by Lump Sum x MPIR/365

MPIR

The Maximum Bond Interest Rate (formerly the Treasury Note Yield) is the maximum interest rate chargeable on unpaid RAD and overdue fees under a resident agreement. The rate is set by Australian Treasury each quarter.
The above examples have used a MPIR of 5.70%.

SELF ASSESSMENT CERTIFICATION

I certify that the prices published have been determined having regard to the relevant legislation and Pricing Guidelines. In particular, I certify that the prices take into account the standard of accommodation and other facilities available and have been determined having due regard to the list of factors specified in the Pricing Guidelines.
Chief Executive Officer