So, as our parents age and enter their frailty years, it makes sense to consider what services are available. In Australia, there are 3 main types of aged care services available. They include:
Home Care Services
Home care services allow elderly individuals to receive support and assistance while remaining in their own homes. This type of care can include services such as personal care (e.g., bathing, dressing) and domestic assistance (e.g., cleaning, meal preparation.) Also, transportation, nursing care, and allied health services. Above all, home care aims to enable older adults to maintain their independence and quality of life within a familiar environment.
The Australian Government subsidises:
- entry-level support through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme
- support for more complex needs through Home Care Packages.
Residential Aged Care
Residential aged care refers to accommodation and care provided in a residential setting for older adults who are no longer able to live independently at home. This can include nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and aged care residences.
These facilities provide 24-hour care, assistance with daily activities, medical supervision, and social engagement opportunities. Residential aged care is suitable for individuals with complex care needs or those who require constant support and monitoring.
Importantly, the Australian Government subsidises aged care homes to provide care that is available 24 hours a day.
Residential care can be short-term (respite care) or permanent.
Respite care offers temporary relief and support for individuals who are usually cared for by family or friends. It is designed to give caregivers a break from their responsibilities.
In addition, respite care can be provided in a residential facility or in the individual’s home. It all depends on their individual needs. It can range from a few hours to several weeks and may include personal care, social activities, and medical supervision.
Also worth noting, the Australian Government subsidises:
- after-hospital or transition care – support for up to 12 weeks to help you recover after a stay in hospital
- short-term restorative care – support for up to 8 weeks to help you improve your wellbeing and independence
- respite care – support for a few hours, days or longer to give you or your carer a break.
Which is right for you?
These three types of aged care services aim to cater to the diverse needs of older Australians. They aim to provide appropriate support and assistance based on their individual circumstances.
If you’d like to know more about what is available, the My Aged Care website is a great source of knowledge.
Otherwise, why not reach out and book a time to meet with the team at Trusted Aged Care for a consultation. We can help you identify which of the 3 main types of aged care services available best suit your situation.