Planning for care needs
When more care is needed, aged care services can be important. You will need to learn about the different types of aged care services that are available and what is involved in accessing them.
Independence and autonomy
The comfort of your own home is important for most people. We also want to live as fully and independently as possible. Being able to stay at home can help an older person stay connected to their family, friends, social groups, and community. Home is familiar and we understand our space and routines.
However, as we age, we can need more help and support to remain at home and this may mean accessing formal aged cares services. It can be confronting and confusing to think that as an older person you need this level of support.
It can also be hard for families to recognise and discuss changing care needs. Families can worry about whether an older member of the family is safe at home. They may be concerned about accidents or falls. They may realise that it is harder to keep the house and garden clean and maintained.
Families often worry that a parent or older family member is becoming forgetful or confused and that they cannot manage dressing and personal hygiene.
This can lead to discussions about care needs and how to meet them and whether aged care services are needed.
How to sort out aged care
There are different types of aged services available to help older people maintain a good quality of life as they get older.
Government-funded aged care services are available to eligible people.
These services include in-home care (care in your home), residential care in aged care (nursing) homes, and short-term care such as respite care.
The steps below can get you started on understanding and deciding what is best.