Residential Aged Care – Brisbane/Queensland

By on the Thursday, March 24, 2011

Residential aged care in Queensland can be searched for online with our comprehensive aged care directory.

You can also search for aged care homes in Brisbane, and refine your search by the level of care, region and can also take a virtual tour of some of the properties.

Where do I start?

If you're new to aged care, our comprehensive Understanding Aged Care Guide will give you everything you need to know about navigating the aged care system in Australia.

Once you find an aged care home that you are interested in, and if the home is Government funded, you will need an Aged Care Assessment by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) to determine the type of care required.

What is a residential aged care home?

Whether it is due to financial, emotional or physical reasons, an elderly person may no longer be able to care for themselves independently and may consider moving into a residential aged care home. These homes have formerly been known as hostels and nursing homes.

The decision to move into aged care is made once other people (often family members) can no longer provide care and support for an elderly person. Family members need to understand that finding a suitable aged care home can sometimes take 2-3 months.

Finding a place to call home

Finding an aged care home is similar to finding any other home. Just as you would not buy the first house you see, or expect to find something suitable within a few weeks, the same applies to finding residential aged care in Queensland. 

It is important to decide upon the areas you feel would be suitable and then try to visit as many homes as possible within those areas. The home, as well as the neighbourhood and other near-by amenities (i.e. shopping strips, public transport, post office et cetera) and the culture of the home will need to be considered before moving in.

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What type of care is provided?

The type of services provided at residential aged care will vary depending on the type of care required and whether the home is an Extra Services home. Generally accommodation and personal care is provided to each resident. Personal care refers to help with things such as occasional nursing or dressing and showering.

There are some services which must be provided at no additional costs including:

  • Basic accommodation (i.e. chairs, beds, linen, mattresses et cetera)
  • Meals (must also cater for special diets)
  • Social activities
  • Personal care (i.e. help with going to the toilet, bathing, dressing and eating)
  • Mobility and communication assistance
  • Building and grounds maintenance
  • On-call staff and emergency assistance
  • Laundry and cleaning service

Click here to search for residential aged care homes in Queensland.