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In Aus­tralia, we’re lucky to have a wide range of aged care homes that cater for most needs. Many re­tirees choose to move to a care fa­cil­ity to re­ceive ex­tra sup­port as well as for the com­pany of peo­ple at the same stage in life.

Aged care fa­cil­i­ties are gen­er­ally equipped to pro­vide you with a high level of ser­vices, in­clud­ing laun­dry, clean­ing and meals, plus per­sonal care, nurs­ing and emer­gency as­sis­tance. How­ever, the exact ser­vices you’ll re­ceive vary greatly from place to place, and of­ten de­pend on how much you’re able to pay. An as­sess­ment by an Aged Care As­sess­ment Team ( ACAT) is re­quired which will help you work out what kind of care will best meet your needs.

When choos­ing an aged care home, make sure you visit or con­tact the res­i­dence and find out whether they of­fer the kind of care you are look­ing for:

Low care res­i­dences: Al­low you to main­tain your in­de­pen­dence while of­fer­ing some sup­port with day-to­day ac­tiv­i­ties. They gen­er­ally don’t pro­vide a high level of med­i­cal care. These can be a good op­tion if you’re still healthy and ac­tive, but would like ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

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