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HammondCare Waratah

15 Tinonee Road
Waratah NSW 2298

Welcome to HammondCare Waratah

HammondCare Waratah is a warm and welcoming aged care neighbourhood offering both cottage and care home accommodation options.

Together with expertise in dementia and palliative care, Waratah's accessible and innovative design features promote independence and wellbeing of older people, including people living with dementia.

Located an easy walk from the local shops, Waratah is home to a friendly multicultural community who relish the peaceful living environment. A large multipurpose space and beautiful gardens provide a central point for residents to gather for community and cultural events, including a highly popular arts and crafts group.

Come and put paintbrush to canvas, take a stroll to the local café, or join a bus trip to local beaches and nature reserves.

 

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What does HammondCare Waratah offer?

The warmth of home: All 17 cottages at Waratah provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere with the comforts of home. They each have their own single ensuite rooms, dining and sitting areas for residents to use any time of day and night. A newly built two-level care home incorporates a host of modern technologies and premium level finishes designed to make life more comfortable for those who are frail aged.

Engagement with life: We encourage residents to take part in everyday activities which provides a sense of purpose and feeling involved. We also offer residents a variety of social and recreational opportunities, with an on-site chapel, hair salon, garden, gym and community centre.

A fresh food culture: High quality, varied, and delicious food is essential to everyone’s physical and emotional health. That’s why we ensure all meals are freshly cooked on-site and we spend significantly more on each meal than industry average.

Comprehensive support: At HammondCare, we aim to provide comprehensive support for each resident, their family, and carers, to help embrace physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs. We value understanding your wishes for care in the future and can provide information for you about how to communicate those wishes to your care team.

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Types of care at HammondCare Waratah

Residential care

  • Our unique model of care is centred on truly getting to know each person and their family. We tailor care to residents’ individual background, likes and needs
  • We have more than 90 years’ experience in looking after those in need including more than 25 years’ expertise in caring for people living with dementia
  • Our homes are designed specifically for someone living with dementia, to maximise comfort and wellbeing, and make each day less stressful
  • As an independent Christian charity, compassion is ingrained in how we care

Costs and payment options

We provide the highest possible quality of care to all people with an assessed need, regardless of their financial circumstances. This means that your financial situation will not affect finding a place at HammondCare.

There are three ways you can pay for residential accommodation and care. We can help you understand your options and find an arrangement that suits your individual circumstances.

Option 1: Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD)

This is a lump-sum payment with a refundable balance upon exit.

The maximum RAD for:

  • Waratah - Standard Room: $350,000
  • Waratah - Classic Room: $450,000
  • Waratah - Premium Room: $500,000
  • Waratah - Deluxe Room: $550,000
Option 2: Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP)

This is a daily payment which is non-refundable.

The maximum DAP for:

  • Waratah - Standard Room: $80.35
  • Waratah - Classic Room: $103.31
  • Waratah - Premium Room: $114.79
  • Waratah - Deluxe Room: $126.27
Option 3: RAD + DAP Combined

This is a combination payment that is made up of part refundable accommodation deposit, and part daily accommodation payment. You can pay any RAD + DAP combination you wish.

An example of RAD + DAP combinations for Waratah is:

  • Waratah - Standard Room: RAD of $225,000 and DAP of $28.69
  • Waratah - Classic Room: RAD of $290,000 and DAP of $36.73
  • Waratah - Premium Room: RAD of $325,000 and DAP of $40.17
  • Waratah - Deluxe Room: RAD of $360,000 and DAP of $43.62

In this case, you can deduct the daily payment (DAP) from the lump sum payment (RAD).

HammondCare Assurance

Residents who choose to pay for their accommodation by a RAD + DAP combination may also determine to have any DAP and/or Personalised Services Fee withdrawn from the RAD.

You may have concerns that the RAD amount will, over time, be consumed by these deductions. However, HammondCare ensures that at least 65% of the RAD paid will be returned to residents:

  • Whose income and assets assessment by Centrelink/DVA indicates that the RAD they have paid is the maximum that they are able to pay.
  • Who have paid a RAD that is equal to or higher than the HammondCare example RAD + DAP combination for that specific care home

Those who do not agree to have any regular deductions from the RAD will receive the full deposit when they leave the care home.

Accommodation supplement

The Australian Government also pays an accommodation supplement for residents who are unable to contribute to the cost of their accommodation.

The Australian Government subsidises the cost of care.

Residents are asked to contribute in the following ways:

Basic Daily Fee

A Basic Daily Fee goes towards day-to-day living expenses such as meals, cleaning and laundry. The standard Basic Daily Fee is 85% of the single pension, or $60.86 per day.

Means-Tested Care Fee

If a resident’s income and assets exceed thresholds set by the Australian Government, a Means-Tested Care fee will need to be paid, which contributes to the cost of clinical care.

Personalised care

To provide comfort and satisfaction, all HammondCare residential sites have access to a number of high-quality services and features. At Waratah from just $23.50, Personalised Services are provided in addition to the provision of standard care and services.

So what will the total cost be?

Specific care costs will depend on several factors, including your particular circumstances and care needs. To find the best option for your needs, contact our Admissions Team for a friendly chat on 1800 776 112.

Examples

To make things clearer, here are some examples of how accommodation and care costs might interact in individual cases.

Mary is a full pensioner who was renting a house. When she was assessed by the Australian Government as eligible for residential care, she moved into a low care, dementia-specific home at HammondCare. Because she did not have significant income or assets, Mary receives the government’s accommodation supplement and she does not have to pay the means-tested care fee. She will use her pension income to pay the Basic Daily Fee.

Bill is a retired welder who lives in his own home. When he discovered he needed residential care, he sold his house for $420,000 and moved into HammondCare. The home's maximum accommodation price is $550,000 and he chose to pay a combined $360,000 refundable deposit and a $43.62 daily accommodation payment (based on the outstanding amount of $190,000). He also pays a means-tested care fee of around $10/day and Personalised Services fee which is debited from his savings. He also pays the Basic Daily Fee out of his pension.

Jane is a retired accountant. Before she moved into a 15-person cottage at HammondCare, she lived in her own home that was worth $900,000. She paid the full refundable deposit of $830,000 and so did not have to make any daily accommodation payments. She now pays a means-tested care fee based on her assets and her investment income. She also pays the Basic Daily Fee and Personalised Service Fee out of her investment income.

“HammondCare Waratah is doing an excellent job looking after my wife's mental, physical and emotional health. I can honestly say that I couldn't do a better job than what they are doing.”

Brook

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COVID-19 guidelines

HammondCare puts residents' health and wellbeing first. As we learn to live with the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to follow the directives and guidelines of the Australian and State Governments.

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  • Staff and visitor screening
  • Training in, and enhanced use of, appropriate PPE and infection control measures
  • Monitoring and auditing of infection control practices by the QSR team
  • Reduced movement of staff between services and between cottages at each service
  • Enhanced cleaning processes, especially in high-touch areas
  • Increased precautionary testing of staff
  • Offering on-site vaccination clinics to residents and staff
  • Developing clear escalation and decision-making processes that promote safety and encompass a compassionate approach
  • Implementing measures to safely enable ongoing engagement and visits for residents, their family and loved ones

HammondCare’s Partnering In Care Program is a special education program for the loved ones of residents. The program is designed to equip family and friends with care principles to enable a partnered approach to caring for each resident. 

The course content has recently been updated to reflect current COVID-19 visitor information and visiting a residential home, infection control and some other information to assist family and loved ones at this time.