Access to our services
Are you eligible to come and live with us?
Would you like to become a member of the Royal Freemasons family? We understand that moving from your home requires some major decision-making, perhaps emotionally challenging discussions and certainly a lot of effort. We understand you want to lead a dignified and rewarding life and that you need to feel secure and supported. It is this recognition of your individual needs that makes Royal Freemasons different. We care for almost 1,600 older Victorians through our:
- Seven residential aged care homes
- Home Care program
- Independent living units and premium retirement living apartments.
We are there 'For you, for Life' and will tirelessly support you as you age and your needs change.
We would be happy to provide you with information about our services and to help you achieve the type and level of care you need. Call our friendly Access Team today on 1300 176 925 for a no-obligation conversation about your care and service needs and what we can offer.
All Royal Freemasons residential aged care homes and Home Care services are fully accredited by the Commonwealth Government’s Quality Agency. This ensures high quality, safe care is provided by qualified staff in our pleasant, well maintained premises or in your own home. We take pride in what we do and are vigilant in maintaining our fully accredited status.
How to find the right care for you
Royal Freemasons is committed to providing the highest possible level of care for you and your needs. As a not-for-profit charitable organisation, we are focused on using any surpluses we make to further enhance our services to our customers, ensuring you feel comfortable and live a secure, dignified and rewarding life.
Our independent living units or premium retirement apartments will suit you if you are looking to downsize or simply seeking a new beginning within a community close to friends, family and your extra-curricular activities.
Home Care may be a suitable option if you would perhaps be eligible for residential care but would prefer to remain in your own home for as long as possible. Programs are individually tailored to your needs, circumstances and preferences.
If you and your family have made the decision that Residential Aged Care is right for you in order to move into an aged care home because it is no longer possible for you to manage at home without assistance, there are five steps you will need to follow before you are ready to move in.
The Five Step process for residential aged care
To enter residential aged care you need to be in possession of a care assessment dated pre 1 July 2015 or be assessed by the contact centre staff at 'My Aged Care', the new government team who now coordinate all assessments for residential aged care that is government subsidised.
If you were not assessed for your care needs before 1 July 2015, you must contact the My Aged Care team on 1800 200 422 or log onto their web site at www.myagedcare.gov.au to have an assessment before Royal Freemasons can sign an agreement with you to admit you to one of our residential facilities permanently or for short term respite care.
We are happy to discuss your care options at Royal Freemasons with you before you take this first step, without obligation. We will be happy to go through our range of care options so you can make an informed, no obligation choice and we can put a plan into action.
Your lifestyle and health needs will be taken into account when the My Aged Care team are determining your suitability for a place in residential aged care.
Home Care needs are also assessed in the same way.
The My Aged Care team will discuss your current care needs and together with you will develop a plan for your care that may involve Home Care or Residential Care.
Eligibility can be assessed for:
- Care needs where you are still able to mostly look after yourself but need some support with everyday daily tasks like meals, laundry and cleaning.
- Care needs where assistance will be provided to you for most daily activities as well as care from registered nurses (or carers under their supervision). This can include secure dementia care for those assessed clinically as requiring this extra level of care.
- Respite care for short term care or
- Home Care where services are provided to you in your own home by our staff. These range from help with housework to nursing care and allied health support such as physiotherapy or podiatry.
The My Aged Care team assessment will determine what you will be eligible to receive under the Government’s funded programs.
We’re happy to discuss all this with you with no obligation on your part at any time.
Choosing a new home or aged care facility is an important decision that you won’t make lightly. The level of care you require, in addition to seeking a familiar community, proximity to family and friends, and any other additional services you require, are all factors you must take into consideration when making this decision.
You are welcome to visit any, or all, of the Royal Freemasons facilities when making your decision. A no obligation tour can be arranged by contacting our Access Team on 1300 176 925.
The level of care you require, the home you choose, the date you move in, whether or not you are a pensioner, whether or not you own a home, and the level of your income and assets will determine the contribution you will be asked to make to the costs associated with your care and accommodation at Royal Freemasons.
We are a not-for-profit charitable organisation. We can explain what charges you will have to pay and work with you to determine what you can afford subject to a formal assessment of your income and assets by the Government.
Our expert team can help explain the likely costs you will incur and the options for payment that are available.
There are options to pay for your accommodation by a lump sum known as a Refundable Accommodation Deposit or Contribution as a Daily Accommodation Payment or Contribution, depending on level of assets as well as personal choice regarding lump sum or daily payment. It is not always necessary to contribute a lump sum like a bond. It is possible to enter care paying in a variety of ways to enable it to be accessible to all.
In all instances there are three components to the charges:
1. Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) or Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) - this is payment for the building in which you will live. Each provider publishes the costs of every room in every home on their own website and on the My Aged Care website.
2. Daily Care Fee - payment for the care you will receive and is payable by everyone and the fee is set by the government at 85% of the level of the aged pension.
3. Means Tested Care Fee - payable by some people as assessed by the government and depends on the outcome of an income and assets assessment.
Royal Freemasons is an approved provider of Department of Health and Ageing’s Aged Care Services and so many of the services we provide are subsidised by the Government. To access a subsidy, a care needs assessment and an income and assets assessment by the Government through the My Aged Care team is required.
Once assessed by My Aged Care you will be given an assessment reference number which you can give to Royal Freemasons so we can complete the process of finding you suitable accommodation for your preferred location and to suit your care needs.
Contact our Access Team on 1300 176 925 for assistance with this step or talk to the Manager at your chosen location. You will have met them or another senior member of staff when you went for your initial tour.
They will provide you with the appropriate forms and help to complete them if you need a hand. They will then advise if a room is immediately available. If not, you will need to be added to our short waiting list for the next available opportunity or will be asked if you would like to consider another one of our homes.
When you have been formally offered a residential care place by the Manager of our Access Team - and you have accepted the offer - you will need to complete the remaining entry documents and sign a Resident Agreement, and we will work together to determine a 'move in' date. WE can assist you with all of the documentation.
You can also discuss with our Access Team or the Manager of the home you have chosen the personal items you might like to bring. They will also discuss visitors (including pets), and the settling in process.
We are on hand to make sure your move is as smooth as possible. On the day you arrive, you will be personally met by Royal Freemasons staff and given an orientation to your new home and all of the services on offer.
Our Access Team and the Manager and staff at your chosen location are there to help you and to answer any questions you may have about care provided at Royal Freemasons.