Are you considering entering into aged care? Or, rather, do you think that a loved one should consider an aged care facility? And would they even be eligible for aged care? If these are some questions that you might have in mind, we’re here to help you by answering them.
Aged care is an important support system for elderly people in Australia. By providing services to help accommodate the everyday living of older people, aged care allows our seniors to be taken care of in the best way possible. However, you might be wondering: who is eligible for aged care?
If you would like to learn more about aged care and the eligibility requirements, please feel free to continue reading below.
Before we talk about who is eligible for aged care, let’s talk about what aged care is. Aged care is the support that is given to older people. It is provided either in their home or in an aged care facility or nursing home. This support involves aid in everyday living, health care, accommodation, and equipment like ramps or walking tools.
Aged care can be provided by different organisations such as not-for-profit organisations, government organisations, and for-profit private companies. However, in terms of who subsidises different types of aged care, it is the Australian government that subsidises most types. This can include care in your home, in nursing homes, or short-term care such as respite care or after-hospital care.
In order to be eligible for government-funded aged care services, you must be 65 years or older. However, if you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and are aged 50 years or older, then you may also be eligible.
There are certain scenarios in which you may be eligible for aged care at a younger age especially if you require extra help to do things that you used to be able to do. For example, if you are a younger person with a disability, dementia, or other special care needs that have not been fulfilled by other specialist services, then you may qualify for subsidised aged care.
Other viable eligibility criteria include if you have noticed a change in what you can do or remember if you were diagnosed with a medical condition or with reduced mobility, if you have experienced a change in family care arrangements, or if you have had a recent fall or hospital admission.
In order to determine eligibility for subsidised aged care, you are also required to fulfil an assessment either over the phone or face-to-face by My Aged Care. This assessment is designed to determine eligibility based on needs for services such as home support, home care, or residential care.
Additionally, on behalf of an older person, family members, service providers, or health professionals can make a referral to my Aged Care.
For older people that need entry-level home support, they will be referred by My Aged Care to a Regional Assessment Service (RAS), while older people seeking subsidised home care will need to undergo an assessment by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT).
It is important to note that while your financial situation does not affect your eligibility to qualify for government-subsidised aged care services, it can affect the amount you will have to pay.
Aged care is the support given to older people that need assistance with everyday living, health care, accommodation, and equipment. Subsidised aged care is often taken care of by the government but can be provided by other organisations such as not-for-profit organisations and private companies.
To be eligible for aged care, you must be 65 years or older, or 50 years or older if you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
Additionally, you will need to accomplish assessments that will help evaluate and understand more about your specific needs. This is often provided through My Aged Care and you or a loved one can be referred to this.
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.
Please call us today for an appointment on 1800 835 728 or send us an inquiry.
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