There are many different types of aged care services available to support you, whatever your needs.
We can help you to understand your choices and make the right decisions for you and your family.
For most of us, growing older means at some stage we will find it difficult to manage our day-to-day living activities. You may feel you need help, or you may care for a friend or family member who needs help, but you don’t know where to start or what assistance you can access.
Residential Aged Care
Sometimes, the best way to receive help and support can be by living in an aged care home, either permanently or for a short stay (called ‘residential respite’). You will be assessed and approved for residential aged care eligibility by ACAT. You may need help because of an illness, a disability, an emergency or because your carer, family or friends need some support. Staff at aged care homes can help you with day-to-day tasks, personal care or 24-hour nursing care. Aged care facilities are owned and run by organisations who are approved by the Australian Government to care for you. They are required to publish the market price of their accommodation payments in their brochures, on their website and also on the ‘My Aged Care’ Government website (www.myagedcare.gov.au).
Which Aged Care Facility Should I Choose?
Deciding to move into an aged care home can be a challenging and emotional decision for the person needing support and their family, friends and carers. To make sure you find a home that you’re comfortable in and that will suit your needs, you may like to visit a few different facilities. You can ask each facility about the types of services they offer.
How Much Does an Aged Care Facility Cost?
The cost of aged care varies. The amount you pay will depend on your personal situation and the type of care you receive. The Australian Government pays for most aged care in Australia but it’s expected you’ll contribute to the cost of your care if you can afford to do so. You will never be denied the care you need because you can’t afford it.
What is the Best Way to Fund Aged Care?
The best way to fund aged care will again vary depending on your personal financial circumstances and wishes. Some of the important financial decisions people are faced with are often highly emotional too, such as whether to keep or sell the family home. Financial arrangements can vary between facilities. Every individual’s circumstances are different and one financial arrangement may be better suited to you than another.