So what actually is aged care?
What are home care services?
The following services can ease the load and support you to live at home independently:
- Personal Care - assistance with bathing and dressing.
- Domestic Assistance - assistance with general housework such laundry, cleaning, shopping, food preparation.
- Meal Delivery – provides meals to help you maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
- Social Support – visits to your home or outings into the community will ensure social connection.
- Transportation – allows you to travel to and from appointments and also around your community.
- Home Maintenance/Modification – supports you to stay in your home by making it safer and more secure.
- Counselling – emotional support and practical assistance can help you understand and manage challenging situations.
- Allied Health Support – services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry help you to stay as active as you can be.
- Nursing Care – can assist you to manage a health condition at home. Examples include changing dressings on wounds or monitoring your blood pressure.
What is a retirement village?
Independent living Units or Villa
What is residential aged care?
Aged Care Facilities (formerly known as hostels and nursing homes)
Entry into an aged care facility requires approval from an Aged Care Assessment Team, which is fully funded by the Commonwealth Government. This team will visit and assess you or your loved one/s in your/their own home and the team may include a doctor, nurse, social worker, physiotherapist or occupational therapist.
Supported Residential Service
They are not Commonwealth funded and therefore are not regulated by the Aged Care Act 1997, but in Victoria they are registered with the Victorian Government and are monitored to ensure that they provide certain standards of care and accommodation.
They are required to provide services that respect the rights of residents, safely administer medications, provide well-balanced meals and a safe home-like environment. Other care they provide includes assistance with showering, personal hygiene, toileting, dressing, as well as physical and emotional support. Some SRS’s also provide allied health and nursing services.
The fees, standards and services provided by Supported Residential Services vary, so it is important to look at as many as possible to ensure that you find the right one to meet your needs.
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