Home care and residential aged care, explained

Depending on the level of care you need, aged care is basically divided into home-based care and residential aged care. Both of these care types operate differently, and have different schemes providing means-tested access to government funding assistance.

About home care 

Most people prefer to live longer at home rather than move into a retirement or nursing home. By accessing extra care in the home, you can stay at home longer. There are several options when it comes to home-based care, ranging from council and community care through to comprehensive in-home care providers.

Depending on your circumstances, both medical and non-medical care is available, with visits ranging from a couple of hours to 24-hour live-in care. In-home respite care is also available, allowing live-in carers (usually family members) to take a break.

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About residential aged care

Aged care homes – sometimes called nursing homes – offer live-in care and support services for their residents.

● Most people in an aged care home are permanent residents
● Some places also offer respite care for short-term stays (typically to relieve a family member or friend who is offering full-time care at home)
Transition care may also be available for people moving from hospital back to their own home, but who aren’t quite up to independent living yet

Residential aged care offers social and nursing support to people with a wide range of interests and abilities. From outings and gatherings through to end-of-life care, residential aged care offers permanent, personal round-the-clock support.

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