Questions about aged care homes
What is an aged care home? What care and services do they provide?
An aged care home provides older people with residential care when they can no longer live at home and need ongoing help or health care.
An aged care home provides:
- accommodation – a room with furnishings and bedding
- care services – such as personal care, nursing, and therapy services
- hotel-type services – such as meals, laundry, cleaning, and social activities.
What is the difference between an aged care home, residential care, and a nursing home?
There is no difference. They are all just different terms used to describe the same service.
Retirement villages or independent living units, however, are not aged care homes and are not subsidised or regulated by the Australian Government. They offer a range of services for older people who have lower care needs.
When should I consider an aged care home rather than help at home?
If you feel unable to live independently at home – even with carer support or home care services to help you – you might consider moving into an aged care home.
If you haven’t already done so, you can contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to arrange an assessment. If you are already receiving government-subsidised aged care services, you may need to be reassessed. You can talk to your current provider about reviewing your care plan.
Am I eligible for a government-subsidised aged care home?
If I agree to an aged care home, what happens next?
The aged care home will want to formalise the offer. This will involve some paperwork and contracts about your care, accommodation, and any extra services you may elect to receive.
Your aged care home can help make sense of the information. You can also ask family, friends, carers or a legal professional for help.
Preparing for your move is also important. Here is a list of what to expect when moving, which includes suggestions on who to tell, what you should bring, and who might be able to help you.