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If you are no longer able to remain living independently at home, moving into a nursing home can ensure quality of life, comfort, and give you peace of mind that you’re well looked after.
As soon as you have been approved by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) for Government funded residential care you can begin looking for your future home.
Australia has a large aged care system that delivers differing levels of care for older people depending on their support needs and care requirements. This system is broken down into three areas - home care, residential aged care, and retirement villages.
Living independently in your own home is not always easy when you get older.
If you want to stay in your own home, but need some help with daily tasks, or require entry level care, the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) may be able to help.
A Home Care Package provides Government funded services that will help you to remain at home for as long as possible, as well as providing choice and flexibility in the way that the care and support is provided.
Retirement is a new stage of life, and some even say ‘life begins at retirement’. You may be looking forward to putting your feet up or pottering around the garden, or want to fill your time with volunteering or social group activities.
In Australia, there are both ownership and rental opportunities to choose from when deciding on the best retirement living option for you.
You want your retirement to be long, happy and stress free, and where you live plays a major role in this.
Dealing with complex financial issues at a time when your main concern is the health and welfare of loved ones can be challenging, not to mention time consuming and very confusing.
Everyone should engage a financial advisor to help with retirement planning, as this can be a complicated process. It's important to find a financial advisor that suits your needs and is the 'right fit' for you.
Retirement planning can be confusing at the best of times, but when finances are thrown in, it can make the whole process feel incredibly daunting.
There's a running joke about feeling "old", whether it's hearing a song from your youth or groaning every time you get out of a chair. And while most people agree that age is just a number, what age is considered old can be quite divisive!
It is not uncommon for people to view age and ageing as having limitations, whether it is socially, physically or mentally.
As you age, you become more and more susceptible to developing diseases or disabilities that affect your overall health and wellbeing.
My Aged Care is a Government operated website and contact centre that can help older Australians access Government funded in home support options, community care or residential aged care.
When sorting out your aged care service and facility options for yourself or an older loved one, your first point of call is registering yourself with My Aged Care.
Once you have been assessed and approved for aged care services, you can begin looking for providers to deliver the care that you need.
To make sure older Australians receive a high standard of aged care services that meet their needs and goals, all providers of aged care services and facilities are required to meet the Aged Care Quality Standards.
When accessing aged care services, whether it is basic in home supports, a Home Care Package, or residential aged care, you will need to sign legal documents about the care and services you receive, and what you need to pay.
Most of the time aged care services work well and the people who use them are happy with the service they receive. However, sometimes there is a problem, and you may need help to speak up and have the problem resolved.