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Waiting Lists & Vacancies

Nursing homes don’t always have a place available for you straight away and it is wise to apply for more than one home to increase your chances of finding a place quickly.

If you have registered as a member of AgedCareGuide.com.au you are able to search, manage and save your applications quick and easy with the use of the online Application Form in our members area.

The Application Form allows members of the DPS Guide to send their application details to 10 facilities per day.

Some homes may have waiting lists and the length of these varies between homes. If your situation is urgent, please inform the staff at the home.

Aged care homes cannot predict or know when a vacancy will occur, so it is important to keep in regular contact with the aged care homes to ensure they are aware you are still interested in admission to their home.

If a placement consultant is helping you searching for a home then they will monitor vacancies for you.

Find out more about Placement Consultants

What happens when a vacancy occurs?

The person in charge at the aged care home will either ring you, your carer or family directly, or phone the social worker if you are in hospital.

You may be asked to make a decision within hours because there are usually other people also waiting.

You, or the relevant hospital worker, will need to arrange for your transfer to the home as soon as is practicable.

If you are unable to move into a home straight away, you will be given seven days after you have agreed to accept the place to move in. This is called pre-entry leave.

From the date of acceptance a place in a nursing home you may be charged for your care and be eligible to receive financial assistance from the Government.

Find out more about Nursing Home costs

Be aware that if you move into an aged care home that’s not your first choice, your priority on the waiting list of your preferred home will drop.

You should not be charged any fees, or be expected to make any donation, before you formally accept a place in an aged care home.

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