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Pink Ribbon Day
Cumberland View Aged Care Living – Whalley Drive hosted
a great morning tea on Monday 24
October to support the
Cancer Council of Victoria’s Pink Ribbon day.
Each year, the day aims to raise awareness about breast
and gynaecological cancers, and raise funds for prevention
programs, support services and vital cancer research.
Over 50 residents, care staff and allied service members
attended with pink cakes, marshmellows, tea and coffee
on offer. A $200 hamper created through donations from
residents was rafed and won by Rita Radford.
To add to the day’s enjoyment and to raise a further $100,
Bruce and physiotherapist Kristen offered to colour their hair.
It didn’t take very long to raise the money for this to happen.
The Ladies Craft Group organised a stall showcasing a
variety of homemade gifts and household items to purchase.
The sale was a huge success with all funds raised directly
supporting the great cause.
Did you know that on 1
January 2017, the pension
assets test used to calculate pensions will change?
The following is a short guide to help you be prepared.
The assets test thresholds and cut out limits will be altered.
If you receive any of the following pensions, these changes may
• The Age Pension • Carer Payment
• Disability Support Pension • Widow B Pension
• Wife Pension
New asset limits
The assets test free area is increasing. Your assets don’t affect your
payment if they fall below the assets test free area.
• $250,000 for a single homeowner
• $375,000 for a homeowner couple
• $450,000 for a single non-homeowner
• $575,000 for a non-homeowner couple
Note: The family home is still exempt from the assets test.
Asset limits for allowances
Asset limits for allowances will also increase and there will be no
reduction or cancellation of allowances as a result of this.
Assets over the assets test free area - The taper rate
At the moment, for every $1,000 of assets you own over the
assets test free area, your pension is reduced fortnightly by $1.50.
The Spring Racing Carnival came
to life at Cumberland View Aged
Care Living, Whalley Drive with a
week-long festival of activities.
The Ladies Craft Group created
fascinators fascinators and
decorated hats to wear.
Staff member Nicky Westland
made the wonderful gesture of bringing her horse in. Residents
were thrilled to pat and admire the gentle beast.
On cup day, both residents and staff came together to watch
the race. With champagne and nger food on hand, all eyes
were on the big screen as Almandin rode to a famous victory.
The annual cup sweep was won by 4 residents!
Fashion on the elds on Oaks Day concluded the Carnival’s
festivities. There was a great mixture of both residents and staff
showing off their nes with the eventual winner being Bernarda.
Cumberland View News
ECONOMICS - Changes to the Pension Assets Test
Alison and Rita Joan
Pension Bonus Scheme – When to claim
If registered for the Pension Bonus Scheme, your bonus depends
on the rate of Age Pension you’ll receive when you claim it.
With the changes coming through on 1
January, this rate may be
different before and after the date. Keep this in mind if you have
the exibility of when to claim.
Aged care fees
For those in Aged Care, the change may also affect your
government subsidised aged care fees. This is because your
income, including your pension, affects your fees.
If your pension is reduced or cancelled or if your aged care fees
change, written communication will be sent from the Australian
Department of Human Services.
Assets test estimator
For further information on how the assets test changes may
impact your pension and to use the online estimator, visit the
Australian Department of Human Services dedicated page:
• National Seniors Australia: http://www.nationalseniors.com.au
• Australian Department of Human Services www.humanservices.gov.au/customer
January 2017, for every $1,000 of assets you own over
the asset free area, your pension will reduce fortnightly by $3.00.
Shirley and Big Red
Big Red, Irene and Alison