The annual and lifetime caps follow a care recipient as they move between providers, services and care types.
Home care package income-tested fees and residential care means-tested fees accrue against a person’s annual and lifetime cap from the date of their first entry into home care or residential care on or after 1 July 2014.
Any means-tested care fees paid in residential care counts towards the annual cap in home care in the year a care recipient moves to a home care package. These fees also count towards the lifetime cap in home care.
If a care recipient was receiving residential care before 1 July 2014 and moves into home care after 1 July 2014, only the income-tested care fees paid from the time the care recipient starts home care count for the annual and lifetime caps.
Any income-tested care fees paid in a home care package count towards the annual cap in residential care in the year that a care recipient moves into residential care. These fees also count towards the lifetime cap in residential care.
If a care recipient was receiving home care before 1 July 2014 and moves into residential care after 1 July 2014, only the means-tested care fees paid after the move are counted for the annual and lifetime caps.