Approved provider disclosure obligations – residents transferring between facilities

By Julie McStay28 Aug 2014

A provider who is considering admitting a transferring resident who entered care pre 1 July 2014 must provide to the resident the following:

  • The Department of Social Services’ ‘New Arrangements for Aged Care from 1 July 2014 – Residential Care’ document – click here
  • Information about:

o How to choose to fall under the new rules
o When a care recipient will & will not fall under the new rules

  • A warning statement that falling under new rules might change their fees and payments
  • A warning that if they fall under new rules then they cannot go back to the old rules

These disclosure requirements must be met by the approved provider of the facility to which the resident wishes to transfer.

In order for the resident to opt into the new arrangements they must exercise their choice to do so before they are admitted to the new facility. The resident cannot make a choice to opt into the new arrangements after they have been admitted. If they do not make the choice pre admission, they will continue under the old rules.

The resident must exercise their choice to opt into the new rules by completing this form. Click here.

We have prepared a document that approved providers can provide to transferring residents before they are admitted that includes the prescribed disclosure materials. We recommend providers give this disclosure document plus the government form ‘New Arrangements for Aged Care from 1 July 2014 – Residential Care’ to transferring residents before they are admitted to the new facility. Providers should also give transferring residents the Department form (referred to above) that they must complete to make their choice to opt into the new arrangements.

To purchase our disclosure document click here. For further advice on the obligations of providers with respect to continuing care recipients please contact Julie McStay on 07 3193 0500.