Caring Centre

Inasmuch 40 bed Accredited Caring Centre with:

  • 38 permanent residential beds
  • 2 respite care beds

We would love you to come and join our community, either as a permanent resident or for short stays respite care. Our Caring Centre is located on the lovely and well maintained grounds of the Inasmuch Retirement Village in Sussex Inlet.  Our vibrant community has many activities to offer people from all walks of life who are in need of more caring and support as they continue their life’s journey.  Our staff pride themselves on their talents, skills and expertise as well as ensuring that your care and support is the best possible that meets your individual needs and enables you to have quality of life.

As there is a waiting list, you will need to register your interest on the form below.

Residential Aged Care

Frequently Asked Questions:

Please note: if we have not answered a question in our Frequently Asked Questions, please ensure you ask one of our friendly staff and they will answer the question for you, or if they do not know the answer, they will get back to you.

What Type of Respite Care do you Provide?

The Caring Centre has 2 respite beds.  We provide respite for:

  • If you have been discharged from hospital and require more care prior to going home.
  • To give you and your carer a short break.
  • If your carer becomes ill, we can provide you respite until your carer is well again.
  • Your carer wants to take a holiday so they can come back refreshed, relaxed and tell you all their travel stories.

What is the Maximum Days I Can Arrange Respite Care for?

A maximum of 63 days in any given fiscal (financial) year – that is from 1st July – 30th June; Unless

You are  a holder of a Department of Veterans Affairs card.  In this situation the maximum days the Department of Verterans Affairs will fully fund is 28 days in any given fiscal year; however you are able to pay the remaining 35 days yourself. 

In extenuating circumstances you cannot go home for some reason, Inasmuch Community Incorporated can organise an extension for a further 21 days.  If this is the situation, please talk to our friendly staff and they can let you know if they can organise this for you.

Is there any Assessment required for Me to be eligible for Respite Care?


You will need to obtain ACAT (Aged Care Assessment Treatment) Approval. This basically means the ACAT Assessment Team must undertake an assessment and create an ACCR (Aged Care Client Record) for you.

What Items Should I Pack for Respite Care?

There are a range of items you can bring with you when you access our Respite Care, these being:

  • Comfortable clothes.  Please ensure all your clothes have a name tag with your name on it.
  • Toiletries and Incontinence aids if required.
  • Medications which are packed in a Webster pack so the staff can administer your medication if you are unable to do so.  Alternatively you control your own medication regime if you are able to do so.
  • A medication chart signed sheet from your Pharmacist when your Webster pack is made up.

What Items Will Be Provided to Me

Inasmuch provides for every room:

  • Bed
  • Bedside Table
  • Easy Chair
  • All linen, towels and bedding.

Alternatively you have the choice to bring these items from your home if you so choose.

You can also bring  with you to ensure your room is comfortable and enjoyable for you:

  • Photos of Loved Ones
  • Favourite Bed Spread
  • Favourite Easy Chair
  • Television
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Touch Lamp/s
  • Computer or iPad/Tablet
  • Small bar fridge

Please Note:  Any electrical items you bring with you are tested and tagged by our maintenance staff to ensure they are in good working order and not a fire hazard.

You can also organise at your own expense the following:

  • A phone
  • Austar
  • Internet

What Items Can’t I Bring With Me?

We request residents avoid bringing various items with them.  These being:

  • There are no cooking facilities in your room.  Please avoid bringing any type of cooking equipment.
  • Also please avoid bringing with you any type of combustible fuel or liquids and such items.

Please be rest assured, every common area has a kitchenette for residents and visitors where they are able to:

  • Access tea and coffee facilities
  • Use the microwave to make a quick snack.
  • A refrigerator to keep items which needs to be chilled. 

What is the Food Like?

Inasmuch prides itself on cooking all meals fresh onsite for residents by our expert chefs for residents 7 days per week.

Hence you can be rest assured your meals will be fresh, nutritionally balanced and tasty into the bargain.

We are very proud of the fact that Inasmuch holds an A Pass awarded by the NSW Food Authority who undertake an inspection on an annual basis.  Part of this inspection includes the Hazaard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).

Do I have to organise my own Laundry?


We provide a laundry service and all your laundry is washed and dried onsite.

All we ask is that you ensure all your clothing items have a name tag with your name on it, so we can ensure we deliver them back to you safe and sound.

What Services will be Provided to Me?

There are a broad range of services provided to you as a resident of the Caring Centre, these include, however not limited to:

  • A RN (registered nurse) is onsite 7 days a week during the hours of 7am – 4.30pm.
  • An RN is rostered on-call to provide an after hours service.
  • OT (occupational therapist) is available 4 days per week – Mondays to Thursdays
  • Physiotherapist is available every Friday.
  • Pathology services come 2 days per week.
  • Podiatrist visits every 6 – 8 weeks.
  • Hairdressing Salon and the local hairdresser visits weekly.
  • GP’s undertake weekly rounds and you can have your choice of a local GP.  If you are not a local resident prior to becoming a resident of Inasmuch Community we can organise a local GP for you.
  • Geriatrician visits regularly.
  • Dental Prosthesis Technician visits regularly.
  • Speech Pathologist attends as required.
  • Access to Mental Health Clinicians if required.
  • Access to Counselling Services if required.

Are there any Stairs I need to Worry About?


The Caring Centre is on ground level so residents are able to get about quite easily.

Are there any Activities for Me to Participate in?

Yes, there are. We want you to become a highly valued member of the Inasmuch Community. You can choose what activities you would like to participate in and the times you prefer to do your own thing. Some activities include, however not limited to:

  • An activities newsletter is published regularly so you can choose the activities you wish to join.
  • We have 3 buses so residents can go out on regular outings in Sussex Inlet and our lovely surrounding areas.
  • Shoppers’ Run to Sussex Inlet Main Street or alternatively you can provide us with your shopping list and one of our friendly staff will do your shopping for you.
  • If you require transportation to various medical appointments we are able to do this for you, at your own expense.  The current cost is 35c per klm plus $28 per hour.  (If you would like our friendly staff member to sit in with you on your medical appointment so you have a second person listening to the information the doctor gives you, we’re only too happy to do this for you.)
  • Bi-Monthly Residents’ Meetings so residents can have a say on how the Caring Centre is run.
  • Bi-Monthly Resident’s Food Committee so you can have a say on your diet and the menus our fantastic chefs cook for you.

Can I Bring My Pet?

Yes and No.

If you have fish or a bird, you are able to bring these pets with you.

However, you cannot bring any other type of animal, including dogs or cats.

How can I get Help if there is an Emergency?

Every resident is given a Vital Call Pendant to wear so they can get help if there is an emergency and you need staff immediately.  

Please ensure you wear your Vital Call Pendant at all times.  When you use the pendant, the staff will be able to respond immediately.

What are the Associated Costs?

For a permanent room in the Caring Centre the maximum price is $325,000 

You will need to undergo an Assets test from the relevant government department, i.e. Centrelink if you are a pensioner.

However, if your assets are assessed as less than $49,500 you can obtain a concession and only pay the normal daily fee.  This fee is set by the government and as at 20th March 2016 it is 84% of your pension.  This fee is called the Residential Care Basic Daily Care Fee.

If your assets are assessed as higher than $49,500 you have 3 payment options, these being:

  • RAD – Refundable Accommodation Deposit – Pay the full $240,000 and this is fully refunded.
  • DAP – Daily Accommodation Fee, however there is no refund.
  • A Combination of both the RAD and the DAP – where the RAD part is refunded however the DAP part is not.

Please Note: With your assets test the government designates you must be left with $49,500 worth of assets to be managed by you or your designated Power of Attorney.  For example: if your assets are valued at $150,000 then only $100,500 is considered as part of the assets assessment for residency in the Caring Centre.

For Respite Care the Daily Care Fee currently is set at $51.21 per day.

Please Note:  Prices are subject to change.  Please check with our friendly staff prior to making a decision.

How is the assets test applied?

When your assets are assessed this will include the market value of your home.  You will obtain an exemption which is currently capped as at 20th March 2016 at $157,987.20 

Therefore if your home is valued more than the capped amount of $168,351.20, for example, $500,000 the balance which = $331,648.80 is deemed as disposable assets once your home is sold.  

If you do not sell your home within 2 years, the market value of your home is deemed as a full disposable asset.

However, if your primary carer still resides in the family home and receives a carer’s pension or government pension, your home is exempt from the assets assessment.

These are some aspects to consider when you are deciding whether to pay the RAD (Refundable Accommodation Deposit) or the DAP (Daily Accommodation Payment) or alternatively a combination of both.

Should I sell or not sell my home?

This is a very individual choice which only you can make and is entirely dependent on your financial circumstances.  Some people decide to sell their home within the 2 year time frame.  Others decide to retain their home, rent it out and pay the DAP amount from the rent monies obtained.  

Please check the My Aged Care Website for more information.  

You can estimate your fees by using the My Aged Care Residential Care Fee Estimator.

Please Note:  Fees are subject to change.  Please check with our friendly staff prior to making a decision.

Do Staff Sleep Over?


All our staff are what is called “Stand Up” Staff on a 24/7 basis.  They do not sleep over when they are on night shift.

Are the Staff Trained?


All staff hold a Certificate III or Certificate IV in Aged Care.  They also receive ongoing training, including undertaking annual or bi-annual mandatory training.

Hence you will know that you are in safe hands, with trained staff who are friendly, caring and supportive.

Are there any Refurbishments Happening?

Yes, there are.

The Sprinkler system was retro fitted in 2016 and be completed by early 2017.

The Caring Centre will be refurbished in 2019/2020, so you will have a modern and comfortable environment to live in.

In case of a fire emergency there are currently very clear procedures in place and the staff attend mandatory fire and evacuation training on a biannual basis.

Our local Rural Fire Brigade annually undertake a training session at Inasmuch so they are fully aware of the facilities in case of a fire emergency they need to attend to.

One of our legal requirements is Inasmuch must be reviewed and assessed annually to obtain the “Annual Fire Safety Statement”. Hence you can be rest assured if there is a fire emergency the staff are well trained and able to deal with the emergency in order to keep you safe.

Some of our staff are also members of our local Rural Fire Brigade and receive intensive ongoing training as a result of their membership to give you added peace of mind.

Is Inasmuch Accredited as a Residential Aged Care Facility?

Yes, we are, and we’re very proud to say that we regularly achieve 100% accreditation by the Australian Quality Agency.

There are 4 Accreditation Standards we must meet and these are:

  • Standard 1 – Management Systems, Staffing and Organisational Development
  • Standard 2 – Health and Personal Care
  • Standard 3 – Resident Lifestyle
  • Standard 4 – Physical Environment and Safe Systems

Accreditation is for 3 years and we will be again undergoing accreditation on the 7th and 8th June 2016.

Also the Australian Quality Agency regularly undertakes on the spot inspection visits, so you can be assured we are held to and meet the highest standards possible.

Register Your Interest by Filling out the Contact Form