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  1. Not just a new home, a new lifestyle

    CONSUMER STORY - When Kevin and Pamela Dring made a sea-change over 20 years ago, they didn't realise they would eventually be city-bound again. But after realising they were too far away from family and feeling like they needed a little bit extra protection, last year the couple decided to move into a retirement village in Sydney's North.

  2. ACAT/ACAS and Assessment

    When you are no longer able to manage at home without assistance, an ACAT can help you, and your carer, determine what kind of care will best suit your needs.

  3. Accreditation

    All funded homes must meet required accreditation standards and demonstrate continuous improvement with regard to the quality of care and services provided to residents.

  4. Advocacy

    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.

  5. Age-related macular degeneration and eye health

    It is common for people over 50 to start having issues with their eyesight, and you can never really know the importance of your vision until you lose it.

  6. An introduction to Home Care

    Living independently in your own home is not always easy when you get older.

  7. An introduction to retirement villages

    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.

  8. Assessing your needs and eligibility

    To work out exactly what kind of help you need at home, you need to be assessed. If you would like Government assistance for home support, this starts with an initial screening when you get in touch with the My Aged Care contact centre.

  9. Being wary of scams and sharing your personal information

    During this digital age, it’s hard to keep your information and money safe as an older person when new technology and how it works can be quite confusing. This is doubled by the fact more and more scammers are utilising the current COVID-19 crisis to target people through phone calls and email phishing scams.

  10. Benefits of short term respite care

    Respite care is an important service that provides carers with a break from their duties while being reassured that their older loved one is receiving quality aged care services.

  11. Case Managers

    It is possible to remain living in your own home with a little bit of help. However, with so many services available, it can be challenging to know where to start and which one to use.

  12. Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)

    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.

  13. Daily Living in a Nursing Home

    Moving house is often stressful and it will take time to settle into your new environment.

  14. Day Therapy Centres (DTC)

    Day Therapy Centres offer physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy, podiatry and other therapy services to older people living in the community and who are residents of Commonwealth funded aged care homes.

  15. Dealing with the loss of a partner

    Death is a sad but inevitable part of life. Watching your partner of many years pass away may leave you with a whole range of emotions, such as feeling helpless, guilt or anger.

  16. Dementia

    It may begin with forgetting where you left your car keys and can eventually lead to potentially dangerous situations such as forgetting to switch off the heater or kitchen stove.

  17. Dementia behaviour changes and challenges

    One of the big indicators of dementia, besides memory loss, is a change in a person’s behaviour. 

  18. Differences between respite at home and nursing home respite

    At some point you may need to access respite, it may be because your carer needs a break, to relieve stress; to have more time to themselves, or your carer is unable to provide care during a specific period of time.

  19. Do I need transition care?

    If you end up in hospital for a time due to a health problem and are soon to be released back to your home, you may want to engage the Transition Care Program which can assist you in transitioning back into everyday life.

  20. Do I really need a Will and last testament?

    A lot of people have spent decades of their life collecting assets, treasures, memories, and slowly growing their wealth, it is only right that you have a say in what happens to your assets after you pass away.

  21. Downsizing and moving into a retirement village

    When the decision to move to a retirement village or independent living unit has been made, the reality of ‘the move’ can be overwhelming. There is so much to do!

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