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5.3.1 Basic fee

All Home Care recipients can be asked to pay the basic fee, which is 85 per cent of the basic age pension amount. The basic fee for Home Care is the same as the basic fee for residential care. DVA pays the basic fee for Australian former prisoners of war.

A contribution towards day-to-day living costs such as meals, cleaning, laundry, heating and cooling. Everyone entering an aged care home or taking up a Home Care Package can be asked by their service provider to pay the basic fee.