From the moment you step through the front doors of mecwacare’s Wahroonga residence, the smiling faces of our experienced staff will help you feel at home. Each member of our professional team – from the personal carers to the chefs and cleaners – is committed to the high-quality attention to detail that helps create the clean, inviting and nurturing environment our residents are happy to call home. With clean, contemporary finishes, and wide, bright corridors that are dappled with natural sunlight, this impressive 90-bed facility is nestled in a quiet location, flanked by the picturesque greenery of Pennyweight Gully and Sparrow Ground Reserve.
Spend peaceful days listening to the pleasant sounds of native birdlife as you take in the views from your window or go for a stroll to explore the great outdoors, including the specially designed dementia walk that is designed to delight and spark the senses. Access to even more wide-open spaces is easy – with Woowookarung Regional Park and Lake Esmond Botanical Park only a few minutes away.
Wahroonga is a light and sunny, north-facing home, where you can enjoy the friendly feel of airy rooms, with private, spacious ensuite bathrooms, and the added luxury of quality heating and cooling that keeps you comfortable all year round.
Our double suite rooms are designed to suit you and your partner and are also available to anyone who appreciates more room to move.
Registered Nurses rostered on every shift
Secure and protected environment
Landscaped gardens and courtyard
Well-appointed dining rooms
Private dining room for special occasions
Vibrant lifestyle program
Resident bus for excursions
How do I get started?
Your first step towards accessing government subsidised permanent care is to contact My Aged Care by phone on 1800 200 422 or online at www.myagedcare.gov.au to check your eligibility and to register. A representative from the Aged Care Assessment Team in your local area will then contact you to book a meeting to undertake an assessment.
Is there availability in my chosen area?
How do I book a tour?
Complete our Book a Tour form or our Admissions team will be happy to arrange a tour for you. Simply call them on 8573 4812 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. Your on-site or virtual tour will be led by the home’s Facility Manager, who will also be able to answer any questions you might have.
How do I apply?
The following items are required when applying for placement in a mecwacare home:
- My Aged Care service referral code for permanent care [i.e. 1-xxxxxxxxxx]
- Application for residential care (provided by the Admissions team)
- Privacy information consent statement (provided by the Admissions team)
- Enduring power of attorney/guardianship order
- Fees letter from Services Australia or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, if available.
What fees will I pay?
There are three pricing components to permanent care that may be applicable. Further information about costs and fees is available through the My Aged Care website at www.myagedcare.gov.au.
All fees and charges are regulated and reviewed periodically by the Australian Government. Refer to the current schedule of fees and charges for residential care from the Department of Health for specific values.
(1) Basic daily fee (every person pays this fee)
This fee covers living expenses comparable to what a person pays at home, such as utilities, meals, cleaning and laundry.
(2) Means tested care fee (dependent on a person’s income and assets, as determined by the Australian Government)
There is daily, annual and lifetime caps in place to support a person who is required to contribute to the cost of their care.
Typically, mecwacare does not charge an interim fee upon entry while waiting for the letter from Services Australia or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. If it is likely that this fee will be applicable and the client’s choice is to commence paying from the day of entry, then mecwacare can provide an estimate to support this request. Either way, the fee will be adjusted and backdated once we receive the letter.
(3) Accommodation payment (dependent on a person’s income and assets, as determined by the Australian Government)
A person’s accommodation type will reflect one of the following three categories.
- An accommodation payment (self-funded)
The agreed room price can be paid as a Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD), Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) or as a combination of both the RAD and DAP. The DAP is the default payment method and is payable from the day of entry until the RAD is paid in full. The interest rate is set and fixed by the Australian Government from the day of entry.
- An accommodation contribution (partially supported)
The contribution can be paid as a Refundable Accommodation Contribution (RAC), Daily Accommodation Contribution (DAC) or as a combination of both the RAC and DAC. The contribution amount is not fixed and may vary occasionally, as there are several variables that determine the value of the accommodation supplement paid to the care home by the Australian Government. The interest rate is set and fixed by the Australian Government from the day of entry.
- No accommodation payment (fully supported)
The Australian Government will fund the person’s accommodation.
Will I have to pay extra and additional services fees?
No. mecwacare does not hold an extra service status, meaning these ongoing fees are not applicable to our care homes. There are however, some optional additional services that are paid for by the resident, such as hair and beauty treatment.
Can I stay for a short time?
mecwacare offers short-term stays or respite care in all our homes. Click here to find out more.
Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP)
Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD)
Combination Payment Example
For a RAD of $300,000 (75%) would result in a DAP of $21.64. For a RAD of $200,000 (50%) would result in a DAP of $43.29
Terms and conditions
mecwacare certifies that the prices published have been determined according to relevant legislation and pricing guidelines, as at 1st July 2023. Furthermore, mecwacare certifies that the prices take into account the standard of accommodation and other facilities available at the home and that they have been determined with due regard to the list of factors specified in the pricing guidelines. Residents may be asked to pay a Basic Daily Fee and/or a Means-Tested Care Fee, which are determined by Services Australia.
mecwacare does not charge ongoing extra service fees.
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