Residential aged care is designed to support seniors who reach a stage when they can no longer live independently at home. For some, this may happen gradually over time, while for others it may happen suddenly due to an accident or illness. Often, the best way to receive consistent support is to live in a residential aged care community.
If you think it might be time to consider aged care for your loved one, we’re here to support you.
It’s helpful to gain an understanding of how entry into aged care works, what support will be provided to your loved one, and how much it will cost. Here are the 5 steps to get started. You can also find other helpful resources on our website.
Step 1: Get an Aged Care Assessment
To find out if your loved one is eligible for permanent or respite aged care, arrange an assessment by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). You can book an appointment through My Aged Care (visit www.myagedcare.gov.au or call 1800 200 422). Hospitals and doctors can also provide a referral.
Step 2: Understanding the costs
Read our simple guide to aged care fees in our Aged Care Guide. To estimate the amount your loved one may be asked to pay towards their care, visit www.myagedcare.gov.au, search for ‘Fee Estimator’ and complete the form. You can also seek advice from a Financial Planner.
Step 3: Take a tour
Prepare a shortlist of suitable aged care communities and tour them to compare.
Step 4: Apply to your preferred aged care community
Arrange a meeting with a Care Leader at your preferred community. To apply for a residential aged care position, you’ll need to bring documents including a current ACAT, an income and assets form, and Power of Attorney instructions. Our Admissions Team can help you with the application process.
Step 5: Complete a Resident Agreement
Once your loved one has been offered a place in a community and wishes to accept it, a Resident Agreement will need to be signed before they move in.
If you have a question or need assistance with any of these steps, contact our friendly Admissions Team.