Aged care for youUse our handy tips, resources and information to discover the best aged care options for you.
Find the best fit for you
When you decide to make a change to Aged Care, it can bring up all sorts of emotions. At Catholic Healthcare, we want you to feel empowered by your choice and we’re here to help make it as easy as possible. There are many different ways you can incorporate Care into your life to make a truly positive and rewarding change.
Below, we’ve put together some handy information, tips and resources, to help you navigate your options. For further enquiries, please complete our online enquiry form or speak to our team on 1800 225 474.
Tips for navigating aged care
Evaluate your health
If you’ve been diagnosed with a health condition, or need assistance with mobility, you may need to consider options for ongoing or increasing levels of care.
Making your Care arrangements early is always a plus. It gives you plenty of time to consider the best choices and make use of any preventative health treatments that may be available. You may also like to apply for the applicable Government Subsidy and have the approval in place before your Care needs increase.
Talk to your GP or health care professional about your Care needs and what you might expect them to be going forward. There may be Care options for additional, complimentary treatments, or health and wellness programs available that can benefit your situation.
Reach out to Family and Friends
Making a significant lifestyle shift like this can be daunting for anyone. Family and friends can make great sounding boards and offer support and guidance to make whichever decisions you’re faced with, big or small. Few people know you as well as your family and friends do, so being open and honest with your support network, can be of enormous help when selecting your Care preferences.
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.
Organise your finances
How much you pay for Care depends on your current financial situation. The Australian Government will assess your financial situation in order to apply the correct subsidy to your Care. We recommend you seek independent financial advice to ensure the best and most accurate outcome.
Please note: If you do not have a financial advisor, the Australian Government offers free financial advice. For more information, please visit: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/financial-information-service.
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.