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PPG_Blog_Feb_image 5_aged care and retirement living

Residential aged care is for older people who can no longer live at home. Most people want to live at home for as long as they can and there are many supports and services that can assist older people to do this. However when it is no longer possible to manage at home, residential aged care services provide older people with continuous supported care.

Aged care homes are owned and operated by individuals and organisations that have Commonwealth Government approval to provide residential care. Entry to residential aged care services is through the Aged Care Assessment Service. This service assesses the needs of the person to determine their eligibility and provide approval for a place in a residential aged care facility. Costs for aged care accommodation vary, however some elderly people may need to sell their existing property in order to pay for the new living arrangements.

If less care is required than is offered by aged care homes, independent living units or retirement villages offer supportive communities with a wide range of services for older people. Accommodation is available in self-contained villas, semi-detached units or high-rise apartments. In simplistic terms, payment options for this type of housing usually include: buying a home in a village where a manager has a contract to operate the centre, or paying fees to live in a centre owned and run by a private business or not-for profit organisation.

If you are considering long term residential aged care and would like more information visit the My Aged Care website www.myagedcare.gov.au

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