Aged Care for a loved oneHandy information, tips and resources to help you navigate the best possible aged care options for your loved one.
Find the best care for your family member
Looking into Aged Care on behalf of a loved one can be a difficult decision to make. It can stir up all sorts of emotions for the whole family. We know how important it is to ensure this change is a positive one and that your loved one receives the warmth, Care and respect they deserve.
There are a variety of options when it comes to the types of Care and we offer. We’ve put together some tips and advice below, to help you get started and decide on the best possible Care options for your loved one.
Look for early signs
If you’ve noticed that your family member or loved one may need support with their day-to-day living, it’s best to look into Care options early. Identifying the need for Aged Care Support before a health condition deteriorates can help maintain your family member’s health and wellbeing for longer. For more information, read this handy guide on spotting early signs.
Make the change to Aged Care for your loved one as seamless as possible. Give yourself plenty of time to consider the right options for your family member, and ensure your application for the applicable government subsidy is in place before moving in. Planning ahead can make the move to Aged Care a lot easier, both emotionally and financially.
Have an open conversation
Few conversations are harder than speaking with your parent or spouse about their need for Aged Care Support. However, having an open and honest conversation with your loved one and involving them in as much of the decision making as possible, can be greatly beneficial. It’s common and completely understandable for people to feel anxious about a loss of independence or a change from their familiar surroundings.
If you’d like some guidance on how to best approach this conversation with your loved one, please click here.
Talking to your loved one’s GP or health care professional about their immediate Care needs and what you might expect them to be going forward will help guide you to make the best decisions. There may be Care options for additional, preventative treatments, or specialised health and wellness programs available that can benefit your family member’s situation.
Understanding the cost of Aged Care
The cost of Aged Care is different for everyone. The Australian Government determines the cost of Aged Care depending on each individual’s financial situation
For a handy fee estimator calculator, please visit https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/how-much-will-i-pay
How to get started
Step 1 – Make a list of your lifestyle preferences
Making the change to Aged Care is not just about your physical health, but also about creating your ideal lifestyle around things that you love to do. Having a clear idea about what sorts of hobbies or activities you’d like to incorporate into your lifestyle, gives you a great framework to finding the perfect fit for you.
Step 2 – Give us a call
Our friendly team are here and love to chat. Give us a call for an informal discussion about your options and what we can offer you. Our highly-trained team can help with any questions or concerns you might have. Call 1800 225 474 or enquire online here.
Step 3 – Apply for Government Subsidy
Register at myagedcare.gov.au to apply for the Australian Government Subsidy.
Once your application is received, an interview will be arranged for you at a convenient time with a member of the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). This is also a great opportunity to explore your Care options and discuss your needs.