Applying for Residential Care

Making the decision to move to residential care can be difficult, stressful and emotional. We recommend you talk to someone you trust and who understands your situation, such as a family member or your doctor.

Eligibility for Residential Aged care

To be eligible for Residential Aged Care, a person must have significant care needs that cannot be met at home. This will be determined by the government’s Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT).

ACAT Assessment

An ACAT assessment is a compulsory requirement for admission into residential care, for either permanent or respite care.
Anyone can request an ACAT assessment for a frail older person. A referral from a GP or medical professional is not required.

ACAT Support Plan

The ACAT Support Plan is used to maintain a record of a client’s assessment and approval for submission to Medicare Australia as required under the Aged Care Act 1997.
If you do not have a copy, you will need to supply your referral codes and Aged Care ID number with your application for admission.

Fees and Charges

Charges for residential aged care can be complex, and we recommend you seek advice from your accountant or financial advisor.
Quambie Park adheres to the Federal Department of Health’s schedule of fees and charges for Residentials and Homecare. The latest schedule is available for download here .

Charges you can expect to pay include

Basic daily fee: An amount that everyone pays for the day-to-day services they will receive at the aged care home.
Means-tested care fee: A contribution that some people pay toward the cost of their care, determined by a means assessment.
Accommodation costs: An amount that some people pay to contribute towards or cover the full costs of their room, depending on their means assessment.
Additional service fees: Fees for services that go beyond the minimum care and service requirements.
Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD): This is a lump sum payment for accommodation in an aged care home and is fully refundable when you leave the Facility. This is the price of a room, in lump sum form, that residents have agreed to pay with Quambie Park. Residents can pay the RAD in full or via a combination of a smaller RAD and a Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP). As at October 2022, the full RAD for all rooms at Pam Corker House is $450,000.

For more information, and a fee estimate calculator, visit the MyAgedCare website:

Is there a waitlist?

Pam Corker House is a 45-bed facility (including 1 respite room, and 12 dementia-specific rooms). Most of the time, we are at full capacity, and applications are kept on file until a suitable vacancy arises. As not all vacancies will be suitable for all applicants, we cannot advise of wait periods or your likelihood of placement.
We request that you please advise us if you wish to be removed from our waitlist, or if you accept a placement at another facility.

The residential agreement

Upon admission you will be provided with a Resident Agreement to be reviewed, signed and returned to Pam Corker House as soon as possible. This important document sets out the care and services you will provides as a resident, and how much it will cost. The agreement protects your interests and confirms commitment by the resident and their representatives to meet their obligations.

Prior to applying to Pam Corker House

• Ensure your ACCR is current and available
• Hold, where necessary, an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA), Guardianship or Administration orders. Information on these is available at The Office of the Public Advocate and the State Administration Tribunal.
• When enquiring you will be asked if you have completed a Centrelink Application for an ‘Assets Assessment’. This is not compulsory but essential for fully or partially supported residents and provides information to ensure the correct fees are charged upon admission. Application forms for an Assets Assessment are available from Centrelink or online. Following submission to Centrelink, these can take 6-8 weeks to be processed.

Do you only need temporary care?

• Quambie Park offers respite care, designed to give carers a break for a limited period of time. We will look after you for a short period of time (a couple of days or weeks) in Pam Corker House, our residential aged care facility.
• Respite care can be an excellent way to ‘try us out’ if you are considering permanent care. It should be noted that respite clients do not receive priority should a permanent position arise.
• Complete an application for Respite Care

Ready to apply?

Download and complete our Application for Admission
Include with your application, copies of:

• ACAT Support Plan.
If you do not have a copy, you will need to supply your referral codes and Aged Care ID number.
• EPA, Guardianship or Administration orders, if applicable
• Advanced Care Directive, if applicable
• Centrelink Assets Assessment (where completed)
• Your Pension and Medicare Cards

Submit your application: In person at: Pam Corker House
15 Eastcott St, Waroona WA 6215
Via email to:

Have questions?

We welcome your enquiry: Tel: (08) 9733 1355
Or email:

Useful links
Department of Health – Schedule of Fees and Charges for Residential and Homecare
Office of the Public Advocate
State Administrative Tribunal

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