When it is time for yourself or a family member to enter an aged care facility, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration to ensure you are making the right choice. Aged care facilities are now owned or operated by people or organisations that have the approval of the Australian Government to care for you. They must meet certain accreditation standards. We have created an essential checklist to aid you through the process of accessing care in an aged care home.
Finding an Aged Care Home:
When deciding on an aged care home, it is important to find out if the home has the care and services you need now and in the future.
- What the accommodation is like
- The type of care, services and activities they offer
- How can they best meet your individual needs?
- The fees you may need to pay for care and services
- Accommodation prices
- Additional services they offer
Care and Service management:
Care and services that must be provided to you, if you need them.
- Accommodation services
- Personal care assistance
- Care and services according to your needs
- Special bedding materials
- Mobility goods
- Incontinence Aids
- Nursing services
- Medication management
- Therapy services
Work out the costs:
The Australian Government subsidises aged care home to keep costs reasonable and affordable. Subsidies based on your care needs are paid directly to the home.
- Costs you may need to pay:
- Basic daily fee
- Means-tested care fee
- Accommodation costs
- Fees for extra and additional services
Once you have been offered a place in an aged care facility, ensure to let friends and family, healthcare professional, Government departments and agencies, and your personal finance and insurance providers know.