At Peninsula Villages we understand that thinking about or deciding on aged care is never easy and the process can seem daunting to you or your family members. The following information aims to help older people, families and carers understand the process for moving into an aged care home. These five steps to aged care will help you establish how to access residential aged care and what to do next.
As specialists in residential aged care we are more than happy to assist you with this process. Please contact our Peninsula Villages Care Accommodation team for any further assistance.
The first step is to assess what level of care is needed and how to go about arranging this. To find out if you are eligible for Australian Government Support for residential aged care, an assessment is made by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT).*
Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) Assessments are supported by the Government and are free.
A member of the local ACAT, typically a doctor, nurse, social worker or other health care professional, will make a time to come to your home (or the hospital, if currently in hospital) and talk about managing day-to-day tasks. The ACAT will explain the assessment process and undertake an evaluation.
Following your ACAT assessment you will have an understanding of your care needs and if you are eligible for residential aged care.
If your ACAT Assessment has found you eligible for aged care now is the time to locate or decide on the preferred residential aged care facility in which you would like to live.
We recommend that before you visit facilities you should make a list of the type of care you need and the things that are important to you in a home. Your ACAT assessment should list your care needs that will help you speak with professionals to determine your requirements.
It is important that the costs, fees and charges associated with residential aged care are considered. Along with this, there may be extra services or benefits you might need or are eligible to receive.
When moving into an aged care facility, you may be asked to pay towards your care, accommodation and daily living costs. How much you pay depends on your financial situation. The Australian Government sets the maximum fees for care and daily living expenses and there are also rules about how much you can be asked to pay for your accommodation to ensure that care is affordable for everyone.
If you are required to pay an accommodation contribution or an accommodation payment, you will have 28 days from the day you entered an aged care home to decide on your payment method. You can choose to pay your accommodation costs by a lump-sum, rental-type payments, or a combination of both.
What you will pay will be set out in a Resident Agreement between you and your aged care provider. For detailed information on costs please visit myagecare.gov.au or you can call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to help you estimate the fees and charges you may have to pay towards your residential aged care.
Once you have chosen your preferred aged care home, you can apply for admission.
If this is Peninsula Villages, please contact 02 4344 9199 who can assist you with this process and talk to you to find out what information we will need.
Once you have chosen your preferred aged care home, you can apply for admission. If this is Peninsula Villages, please contact our team to assist you with this process and talk to you to find out what information we will need.
At Peninsula Villages we aim to help new residents make the transition to aged care living seamless and easy. There will be new routines, new surroundings and new people and you may have help with many of the day-to-day tasks that you’ve been used to doing for yourself.
At Peninsula Villages we pride ourselves on ensuring that it is your choice with what you would like to do and there will be plenty of social activities going on in your new home. Our staff will respect your privacy, and your friends and family will be able to visit at any time.
Peninsula Villages also has an on-site social support worker who is available to assist you with moving into aged care and how this transition may be effect you, your loved one or family members. Click here to learn more about our free social support service.
For any further information on aged care or the aged care process click here.