Where do I start?
To navigate the aged care system, have a read of our handy Understanding Aged Care Guide. This guide will help you understand the aged care options in Australia, as well as information on funding, life in an aged care home and more.
Once you have found some suitable aged care homes in Tasmania, the first question that will be asked is if your loved one has been assessed.
If you are going to a Government funded aged care home, then you will need an Aged Care Assessment conducted by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAS/ACAT) to determine what type of care is required. However, there are also non-government funded residential aged care homes which usually do not require an assessment.
What is residential aged care?
When someone can no longer care for themselves independently due to age, they may have to enter a residential aged care home. Care and accommodation is provided to residents in a home-like environment. Care services can vary from occasional nursing care to 24-hour nursing care.
Often 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. The process of finding an aged care home can take at least 2-3 months.
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 if the home is an Extra Services home. Generally accommodation and personal care is provided. 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:
Extra Services may include:
Finding a Place to call Home
Finding a nursing 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 Tasmania.
It is important to decide upon the areas you feel would be suitable and then try to visit as many aged care 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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