Residential aged care is one of the most recognised forms of aged care in Australia. Therefore, if you want to learn more about residential aged care services, please feel free to explore this topic with us below.
Residential aged care takes place in an aged care home. Also known as a nursing home or an aged care facility, an aged care home is where the elderly can live and receive care and support from specially trained staff.
Residential aged care is designed to provide assistance with day-to-day activities such as cooking, cleaning, dressing, showering, and many more for you or your loved one. This is one of the best ways for seniors to attain the support they need by having staff on standby 24/7 along with the companionship of other elderly residents.
Depending on what you or your loved one’s needs and preferences are, you can opt to live in a residential aged care facility permanently or for a short time. If you plan to stay for just a short while, this is known as residential respite care.
Residential aged care is primarily driven to provide accommodation and care to elderly people so that they can maintain both their health and wellbeing. To accomplish this goal, aged care homes aim to provide assistance with day-to-day tasks, personal care, access to health practitioner services, and other services such as social and emotional support. These services will be further discussed in the next section.
In residential aged care facilities, you will be able to enjoy a wide range of care and services. These services are typically provided by approved providers that run Australian Government-subsidised aged care homes.
As previously mentioned, staff will be able to help provide assistance for day-to-day activities such as cleaning and showering. However, aside from assistance with day-to-day activities, other services are also available such as emergency assistance, emotional support, individually tailored care programs, social activities, and transportation among others.
Additionally, you will be able to have access to both nursing and general health care services in residential aged care homes. Having access to health practitioner services, clinical care, medical treatment, and therapies is one of the priorities of aged care homes in maintaining the health of their elderly residents.
Complex care and services such as incontinence aids, mobility aids, palliative care, nursing services, and allied services such as physiotherapy, podiatry, and speech therapy are also offered by residential aged care.
In summary, residential aged care includes accommodation, personal care 24/7, and access to nursing and general health care services.
Generally, the costs associated with living in residential aged care vary. While there are costs that remain the same for all residents (e.g. a basic daily fee), there are costs that depend on a resident’s means which is determined by Services Australia (e.g. a means-tested care fee or an accommodation contribution).
There are also costs that depend on a resident’s means and are agreed to between a provider and a resident. This can take form in an agreed room price. Each residential home will have its own room prices for different types of rooms with a refundable deposit of $550,000 or the equivalent daily payment.
Before settling into residential aged care, it is required that you be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). ACATs, which are free assessments, are based in hospitals or community centres. You can gain access to these services by getting a referral from your doctor. These services aim to determine if you are eligible for financial support from the Australian Government for your residential aged care.
Residential aged care aims to provide accommodation for the elderly that are in need of assistance and support when it comes to daily tasks, personal care, health services, and other services such as emotional support.
All of these services are intended to help maintain the health and wellbeing of senior residents. More importantly, these services are provided by approved providers who are specially trained to deliver the best care and support that they can for the elderly.
Iris Manor provides all levels of care from low to high care with 24 hr 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. Came 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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