Care Accommodation (Nursing Homes)

Moving to care accommodation like a nursing home is a big decision and one that can take preparation and planning. This decision can also happen in an instant if there has been an emergency or rapid health decline, and in these instances having the right aged care information at your fingertips is vital.

Making the decision

You or someone you love might decide to move into a nursing home for different reasons, such as when:

  • normal tasks, from housework to personal grooming, become too much
  • home care arrangements no longer provide the level of care needed
  • remaining at home is contributing to social isolation and health decline
  • 24/7 professional health care is required due to illness or dementia

The important thing to remember is that everyone is different and, and each of us will make different decisions about when the time is right.

If moving into care accommodation such as a nursing home provides a better level of comfort, health and social harmony then you can feel confident you’ve made the right choice.

Care options

Residential aged care provides specialised options for people who need a higher level of care than what they’re already receiving at home, this can include permanent care in a nursing home matched to your needs, or temporary respite care in an aged care facility to give both the carer and loved one a break.

Care accommodation or nursing homes

Care accommodation today provides care in flexible environments that allows people to maintain the same level of lifestyle and choice they enjoyed living at home.

Facilities like this look after accommodation, meals, personal and health needs, and organise social activities to keep residents actively engaged in the community. They also encourage strong involvement from family and friends to enhance the experience of living in new care surroundings.

All Australian nursing homes are run by qualified health professionals and must meet government regulations on the level of care they provide their residents. This ensures that the quality of care is maintained and can adapt to the unique needs of every person.

Every resident has a say in how they would like to live and can request for things to be adapted or changed to suit their unique needs. Privacy is also always respected and residents are free to make their own routines and invite family and friends to visit when it suits.

To find out your aged care options, start a care summary today and tell us what you’re looking for.

Getting organised

There are many decisions that need to be made before moving into care accommodation like a nursing home. These include getting personal finances in order, deciding what to do with personal assets, preparing and packing belongings, and letting people know when you are moving.

Involving the whole family can be a big help with things like sorting out finances, packing boxes, cleaning the house, and moving belongings to a new care home. It also helps family members feel more connected with the process and to stay actively engaged when a loved one moves into a new care environment.

Fees

Care accommodation like a nursing home or residential aged care fees you will need to consider include a:

  • daily accommodation payment (DAP): for daily living costs such as food

  • means-tested fee: an additional fee that some people may be required to pay, determined by the Department of Human Services

  • Refundable accommodation Deposit (RAD): covered either in full or in part by the government and requiring means testing of personal finances

There may also be additional fees to consider depending on additional activities and services required. For detailed information on fees, charges and subsidies for residential aged care visit Department of Social Service – Schedule of fees and charges.

How you can access care accommodation (nursing homes)

Before you receive government subsidised care you may need to take part in a Government-based assessment. Aged care is different for everyone, and this helps you understand what is right for you.

This may help

If your need to access care is urgent or there are no vacancies at your preferred care accommodation you can choose to use private home care in the meantime while you wait for your assessment to be completed.

 

Choosing a nursing home

Once you know what your options are you can then start looking around at nursing homes in your preferred area.

Even if you’re waiting to be assessed, we can help you find the right care accommodation provider now. Simply start a care summary, tell us what you’re looking for so that we can really understand the level of care you need and we’ll match you with a range of care options in a matter of seconds.

Once you have this list, you can then tour these facilities to determine what nursing home you like the most.

What to look for when touring a nursing home

When you tour a nursing home it’s always important to trust your gut instinct and take a list of ‘must haves’ to help you make the right decision.

Important things to look out for include:

  • is it a nice and friendly home environment?
  • are the staff attentive, proactive and well qualified?
  • are the rooms spacious, clean and comfortable?
  • will the room suit your personal and health needs?
  • do they actively engaged residents with an interesting social calendar?
  • do they provide a regular, nutritious and appropriate food menu?
  • do they provide regular exercise and outdoor activities?
  • is the home properly fitted-out and easy to get around?
  • were all your questions answered openly and adequately?
  • do they encourage family and friends to visit?

And there are many more other questions you can ask as you tour different nursing homes. You will quickly get a feel for what is right for your or a loved one’s needs.