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Residential Care Facility

Multicultural Aged Care Illawarra is an aged care facility with 100 residential aged care beds with a purpose built low level dementia area located in Warrawong and is set in beautiful grounds in a quiet cul-de-sac close to public transport, shopping centres and local hospitals.

Residential Aged Care

Multicultural Aged Care Illawarra’s residential low level ageing in place aged care facility provides accommodation on both a permanent or respite basis ensuring a comfortable, secure and homelike environment whilst providing residents with the opportunity of maintaining their independence.

All units are single occupancy with individual en-suite complete with grab rails and hand held shower roses, built-in-wardrobes, air-conditioning, kitchenettes, private balconies, television and provide residents with stunning views over our spacious grounds and pond area.

Our residential aged care facility provides many services aside from residential accommodation, providing residents with nursing care, cleaning, meals, maintenance and a range of program activities to suit their needs and interests. The facility has a number of allied health professionals who attend the facility on a regular basis to provide medical, chiropractic, podiatry and physiotherapy services, providing our residents with the ability to receive ongoing medical and health care within their residential surroundings.

Multicultural Aged Care Illawarra has two accommodation options available for residents requiring residential aged care:

Ground Floor East and West Wings Units

Ground Floor East and West Wings Units were built in 1991 and when the facility first opened with additional units being added in 1999 and have been completely refurbished during the past 12 months. These units are all single units with private en-suite, kitchenette, built-in-wardrobe, decorative window furnishings, reverse cycle air-conditioning, television and land line telephone ports and emergency nurse call buzzer.

Janek Cottage – Cowper St Units

Located at the front of the property, the Cowper St Front Units are the newest units within the residential aged care complex, with the 16 units being constructed in May 2014. The Cowper St Front Units are all single units with private en-suite, kitchenette, built in wardrobe with additional storage area, decorative window furnishings, reverse cycle air-conditioning, television and land line telephone ports and emergency call buzzer. Each of the units has an electric bed with timber finishes, lockable bedside table, over-bed table and wall-mounted flat screen television.

Albert Wing – Memory Support Dementia Care Units

Multicultural Aged Care Illawarra provides a specialised 17 bed wing for residents with low level dementia; we believe that the best place for people with dementia is home. When this is no longer possible, then our commitment is to provide an environment that looks, feels and operates like home.

Research shows people living with dementia are most comfortable in small, domestic environments, our specialised dementia area has been designed to minimise confusion and maximise independence for people with dementia, providing residents with an opportunity to engage with the rhythms and routines of normal home life.

Residents are encouraged to live and operate within the dementia area as they would at home: the resident is free to spend time in any of the common areas with television, participate in the daily activity program or spend time in the newly built sensory garden- a garden designed for relaxation, social interaction and sensory stimulation.

Italo Wing – Memory Support Dementia Care Units

Thanks to the generous bequest made by a former director of MACI, Mr Italo Mazzola, the newly constructed Italo Wing consists of 10 memory support (dementia) units and a community hall on the floor above. 

The new wing has it’s own dining, servery and lounge areas, secure landscaped outside areas plus the spacious community hall above. The wing has beautiful views across lake Illawarra and the escarpment with circadian lighting throughout, bed sensor mats, nurse call system and state of the art fittings and technology available in all room.

The Italo Wing has a warm, homelike environment while offering resident’s the opportunity to maintain their independence.

Financial Aspects

Multicultural Aged Care Illawarra provides the highest possible quality of care to all older people with an assessed need, regardless of their financial circumstances, this means that your financial situation will not affect finding a place at Multicultural Aged Care Illawarra. Our mission is to provide quality care for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with a priority for financially disadvantaged people.

There are a number of accommodation choices and pricing options available for residents, entering into residential aged care with Multicultural Aged Care Illawarra. These can be complicated, but we have tried to make them as clear as possible. If you’re not sure what the best accommodation option for your situation is and would like to talk to someone about this please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Residential aged care costs fall under two main categories:

1. Accommodation Costs

From 1 July 2014, residents have three options for paying for the costs of their accommodation:

Option 1: Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD). This is a lump sum payment.

Option 2: Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP). This is a daily accommodation payment.

Option 3: RAD + DAP Combined. This is a combination payment that is made up of part refundable accommodation deposit, and part daily accommodation payment. In this case you can deduct the daily payment (DAP) from the lump sum payment (RAD). You are able to pay any RAD + DAP combination you wish.

Accommodation Supplement

The Australian Government also pays an accommodation supplement for residents who are unable to contribute to the cost of their accommodation, so in this way anyone, no matter what their financial circumstance, can access the care we offer.

2. Care Costs

The Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of care. Residents are asked to contribute in the following two ways:

Basic daily care fee

All residents pay a Basic Daily Care Fee which goes towards care needs and living expenses such as meals, cleaning and laundry. The standard Basic Daily Care Fee is 85% of the single pension.

Means – tested care fee

In addition, residents whose income and assets exceed thresholds set by the Australian Government will also be asked to pay a means-tested care fee which contributes to the cost of their clinical care.

What does it cost to live at Multicultural Aged Care Illawarra?

Explanation of payment options – Financial arrangements can be negotiated. Residents can choose to pay for their accommodation by a refundable deposit, daily payment or a combination of both. A refundable deposit is paid as a lump sum amount. A daily payment accrues daily and is paid for periodically, for example monthly. A combination payment includes both a partial lump sum and daily payments.

Ground Floor and Albert Wing Units- $ 450,000

  • Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) – The maximum price that can be charged for this room is a refundable deposit of $ 450,000

Janek Cottage – Cowper St Front Units- $450,000

  • Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) – The maximum price that can be charged for this room is a refundable deposit of $ 450,000

Italo Wing – Memory Support Dementia Units – $500,000

  • Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) – The maximum price that can be charged for this room is a refundable deposit of $500,000