Most rest homes offer two room types: standard rooms and premium rooms. As fees for premium rooms are excluded from the Residential Care Subsidy and Residential Care Loan, it’s important to understand the difference.
Every rest home is different, but standard rooms are usually single rooms. They tend to have space for a single bed and a few small items of personal furniture, such as an armchair and a television.
A premium room is a room “with additional features of a permanent or fixed nature” [Source: DHB Shared Services]. Common examples of premium features include an ensuite, more space, or garden access.
Fees for premium rooms differ from rest home to rest home. All residential care operators are required to display premium room fees in a prominent place on their website. Premium room fees should also be specified in the Admissions Agreement.
No, premium room fees are not covered by the Residential Care Subsidy. The subsidy will cover up to the cost of standard room fees, but residents will need to pay the additional premium room fees.
Some rest homes charge premium fees for premium features of a non-fixed nature, such as newspaper delivery or specialist services. These are separate to premium room fees.
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