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Aged Care Glossary

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Care fees and charges

There are different costs for low-level (hostel) and high-level (nursing home) care. The amount you are required to pay will also depend on your income and assets. Daily care fees contribute to the cost of your care.

Care plan

A care plan is a plan of care which is developed by you and the people providing your care (and a friend or family member if you wish). The plan will outline your care needs and will provide instructions as to how your care needs will be met.

Care recipient

A care recipient is a person who is receiving care and support, either in the community in their own home or in an aged care home. Care may include support to take part in social activities, help with physical tasks and/or medical and personal care.


Carers are usually family members or friends who provide support to children or adults who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition or who are frail aged.