The aged care system in Australia provides care to Australians aged 65 and over along with Indigenous Australians aged 50 or over who cannot live alone and need support for daily basic needs. Aged care providers offer care in various settings, whether it be from the comfort of people’s homes or in residential aged care facilities.
Additionally, Australia’s aged care system offers different types of care that helps cater to the individual as much as possible. While it might seem like learning about the Australian aged care system is overwhelming, in this article we have a quick guide to aged care in Australia to help ease your worries.
If you’d like to learn more about aged care in Australia, please feel free to continue reading our article below.
The Australian Government subsidises different aged care services for older people. Generally, there are three types of care that are provided: home care, residential care, and flexible care, where home support and Indigenous flexible care are provided through funding agreements with providers. Below are the various types of care available:
Care at home programs offer services that include social support, assistance with domestic chores, personal care, transport, home modification and maintenance, nursing care, meals, and additional health services.
Generally, there are four levels of home support care, from level 1 in which people that have basic care needs and home care are offered support, up to level 4 that supports people that have higher care needs. These levels are incorporated into coordinated packages of care that are provided by an approved home care provider.
Residential aged care is care provided in aged care homes. Individuals can choose to have permanent care or respite care (short-term care) in aged care homes. Services typically include accommodation, personalised care, nursing, support services such as meals, and additional health services.
Residential aged care is both funded by the Australian Government and by contributions from the residents. The Australian Government pays subsidies and supplements to approved providers, where the rate of the Australian Government’s subsidy for a resident will depend on the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI), which is a tool providers use to assess a resident’s care needs. Questions of the ACFI range from activities of daily living, behaviour, and complex health care. The greater the need in each set of equations, then the higher the care subsidy will be for that resident.
Additionally, residents can pay fees related to their expenses of care and accommodation. Residents will be met with a basic daily fee, and some residents can have their accommodation paid fully or in part by the Australian Government. However, those that have greater means to pay are required to fully pay accommodation costs agreed upon with the aged care home.
Flexible care is catered to older people that need a different aged care approach from at home or residential care services. Generally, there are four types of flexible care individuals can choose from:
Indigenous Australians may also receive care through grants, accessing services that are catered to culturally appropriate home care and residential care for Indigenous Australians in rural and remote areas.
In Australia, aged care is typically classified into three categories: care at home, residential care, and flexible care. All of these categories of care are meant to deliver more personalised, suitable care for older people so that they can be looked after especially when they have reached a point that they cannot do this on their own.
Iris Manor provides all levels of care from low to high care with 24-hour nursing care onsite. We do not charge the 3 different fees that are normally associated with government-funded homes.
At Iris Manor, there are no long term contracts, no lump sum RAD or DAP, simply a fixed weekly rate. Come and see our facilities at Iris Manor and find out for yourself how good our place is for your loved ones.
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