Residential Aged Care – Adelaide/South Australia

By on the Thursday, March 24, 2011

Finding residential aged care in South Australia is easy with our comprehensive aged care online directory. You can also search for aged care homes in Adelaide and its surrounding suburbs.

Where do I start?

To understand the world of aged care and its jargon, take a look at our handy Understanding Aged Care Guide. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about aged care in Australia, in simple easy-to-understand language. 

Before you start looking for aged care homes in South Australia you will need to have the person who is looking to move into aged care assessed. An assessment is conducted by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) and is funded by the Government, so you won’t have to pay anything. The assessment is designed to decide how much care the elderly person will need, whether they require continuous nursing care or are able to be more independent.

What is residential aged care?

A residential aged care home (formerly known as a nursing home or hostel) is for an elderly person who requires occasional or continuous nursing care.

The decision to move into a nursing home 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 home can sometimes take 2-3 months.

What type of care is provided?

The service that you receive in a home depends on the type of home and care you require or if the home is an Extra Services home.

Generally accommodation and personal care is provided. Personal care refers to help with:

  • Dressing/Showering
  • Occasional Nursing

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

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

Finding a Place to call Home

Finding an aged care home is similar to finding a home to rent or buy. 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 South Australia.

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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