When considering the costs of residential aged care, it is important to understand what fees you may have to pay.

The type of fees and how much you may pay will depend on:

  • your income and assets, as assessed in your aged care means assessment
  • the level of care you require
  • the home you choose

There are a number of costs associated with permanent care in an aged care home. The same costs also apply for palliative care in an aged care home. They include:

Care and Accommodation Costs

  • Basic daily fee: An amount that everyone pays for the day-to-day services they receive at the aged care home.
  • Means tested care fee: A contribution that some people pay toward the cost of their care, determined by a means assessment.
  • Accommodation costs: An amount that some people pay to contribute towards or cover the full costs of their room, depending on their means assessment.

Our finance team are able to discuss the costs in further detail and provide a quote/estimates based on your circumstances.

We encourage any prospective resident to consider the following information provided through Department of Health:

Other costs

Unlike your care and accommodation costs, additional fees and extra service fees are not set by the government. This means if you agree to them, you will need to pay the full cost yourself. Additional fees may be charged for services that go beyond the minimum care and service requirements. These fees must be recorded in your resident agreement and, if needed, your extra services agreement.

If you are considering Respite or Permanent Aged Care:


Your doctor will be able to refer you to My Aged Care for an assessment. The Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS), based here at Lyndoch Living, will be able to assist you in determining your eligibility for government-funded services. You can check your eligibility by accessing:


Complete an income and asset assessment through Services Australia to determine how much you contribute towards your care and accommodation cost.


Once assessed, you may be required to pay towards the accommodation (room cost) with three options to choose from:

  • a full refundable lump sum
  • a daily equivalent of the lump sum
  • a combination of the daily payment and partial lump sum
Lyndoch Living payments* for each room option are as follows:


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“I really appreciate the support from the Lyndoch Living@Home team, it’s a huge help in managing my caring role”

Michelle (Living@Home client)


“A very big thank you to the wonderful staff who came into our home and cared for my husband.  This respite break made a very difficult situation more tolerable and gave me something to look forward to”

Christine (Living@Home client)


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Maurice  (Living@Home client)


“Jan is such a capable, competent and calming carer, I feel so safe in her hands.  I could not ask for anyone better”

Joan (Living@Home client)


“I’ve always been a busy, practical person and I’m still a busy person – I’m still able to be very involved in the community, especially the Speedway. I’m a busy bloke!”
“I get spoilt rotten here! I really get cared for.”

Stuart (Swinton East)


“One of the lovely nurses had a great idea and planted out a raised bed with tomatoes and other plants and I enjoy getting out there and doing some work in the garden, collecting the produce.” “The staff are very, very nice. They greet you with a smile and do things very well.“
“I really enjoy the school kids visiting, and I’m amazed at the quality of the kids,
they’re all so nice!”

John (Lake Lodge)


“I’ve lived here for 5 years and I’m very happy with the nurses and other staff”

Margaret (Lake Lodge)


“I’ve made friends here that I wouldn’t have been able to meet living by myself at home. It’s like an extension of your family” “The staff are absolutely fantastic here, nothing is ever a problem for them. Right through to the maintenance men, the cleaners and gardeners and staff at the kiosk, they’re all obliging and always greet you with a smile” “At Lyndoch I get comfort, care and conversation, add a bit of fresh air and that’s exactly what you need in life”

Lynette (Swinton East)