While getting older is part of the natural life cycle, it can become a difficult transition if you find yourself becoming less independent than you once were. However, as daunting as it may seem, being dependent on someone else affords you the opportunity to relax and appreciate life around you.

Whether you are investigating for yourself or on behalf of a parent or loved one, it is essential to understand the types of aged care available in Australia. This way, you can make an informed decision when it comes to choosing the best option.

According to aged care legislation in Australia, the main types of aged care are:

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Home Care

As the name suggests, this option deals with older people who require assistance in their own home. The level of care depends on the needs of the person but usually involves practical duties such as maintaining the home, monitoring and managing medication as well as providing meals.
Carers also provide emotional and social support and, depending on the level of assistance required, clinical care as well. This type of care is for older people who do not wish to live in a retirement village or aged care facility.

Residential Care

This is for older people who require a higher level of care in a professional and well-equipped facility, such as an aged care centre. Depending on the financial situation of the person, the government may pay all or part of the costs.

Services provided include accommodation, meals, nursing care and specialised nursing care if the resident has dementia or other cognitive or behavioural difficulties. This is precisely the type of assistance that we provide here at Christadelphian Aged Care. We also place a strong emphasis on pastoral care in our offerings.

This type of care can be permanent, where the older person resides full-time at the aged care home, or temporary where respite care is provided for a set amount of time.

Retirement Villages

Retirement villages are becoming increasingly popular for older Australians, with close to 200,000 retirees across the country choosing this option for living after they retire. The advantage to them is that you can maintain a level of freedom and independence, as most of them require you to look after yourself, unless you require frail care or special assistance.

However, it’s important to note that living in a retirement village is self-funded.

It is important to remember that whatever type of aged care you or your loved one chooses, you need to conduct thorough research concerning costs and requirements. If you need assistance in determining if Christadelphian Aged Care is the right decision for your journey, please contact us today.

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