Hardi Aged Care understands the high levels of stress that can come with making the decision to move yourself, or a loved one, into an aged care facility. We know the different emotions that can come to the surface at this time, such as longing for the past, mourning of prior independence, and fear of the unknown.
We also understand that it’s a confusing time where you can be overwhelmed by the different options available and confused about how to even get started.
For this reason, we have summarised the process into five steps that need to be undertaken to move into an aged care facility:
1. Assessing eligibility
If you are considering moving into an aged care facility, you will first need an assessment from a member of an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). The ACAT member will talk to you about your current situation and help you work out what your options are.
2. Finding an aged care facility
The best way to find a place that suits you is to visit a few different homes. Each home is different, so looking in person will help you to find out what you can expect. You’ll also be able to see what the accommodation is like, and what types of care, services and activities are offered.
3. Fees and charges
The Australian Government pays for the bulk of aged care in Australia. But, as with all aged care services, it is expected that you will contribute to the cost of your care if you can afford to do so. You will however never be denied the care you need because you can’t afford it.
When moving into an aged care facility you may be asked to pay towards your care, accommodation and daily living costs. How much you pay depends on your financial situation.
4. Applying to an aged care facility
You will need to apply separately to any aged care facilities you are interested in. Some homes will have their own application process and may ask you to fill in their forms.
You can apply to as many homes as you like. When a place becomes available, the aged care facility will contact you, or your nominated contact person.
After accepting a place, make sure you let the other aged care facilities you applied to know that you have found somewhere, so they know that they no longer need to keep your application open.
Please contact us for our application form.
5. Living in an aged care facility
Each aged care facility is different. There will be new routines, new surroundings and new people all living together under one roof. You may have help with many of the day-to-day tasks that you’ve been used to doing for yourself, and there will be plenty of social activities going on in your new home.
For more detailed information on the five steps to entry into an aged care facility click here