What are the options?
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 ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■