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So what is aged care? Residential aged care (sometimes called nursing home care) is often the best option for those people who are finding it difficult to go about their daily life and look after themselves in their own home.
Residents of Autumn Aged Care homes have all of their personal care and living arrangements taken care of, and their medical and clinical needs managed. This includes 24-hour nursing and personal care, all meals, laundry, cleaning, utilities, and lifestyle activities and outings. Family and friends are encouraged to actively connect to life at our residencies while visiting loved ones.
Aged care providers are approved by the Australian Federal Government and receive federal funding to help cover the cost of accommodation and care. People who want to enter residential aged care will first need a Government managed health assessment.
Read through the steps below to find out what you will need to consider and do to move into an aged care facility like ours. If you need more information, or just need help to understand what you need to do next, please contact us.
You will first need to arrange an assessment (known as an ACAT or ACAS) to find out whether you're eligible for government support. This free assessment is funded by the Australian Government and can be arranged by calling My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or through your local GP, health centre or hospital, who can arrange for a referral to the assessment team nearest you. The team will visit you at home or in a hospital to assess your needs and suggest the most appropriate care option for you.
Once you have completed the assessment, you will be given an Aged Care Client Record (ACCR). Your ACCR confirms your eligibility to receive funding and has a comprehensive description of your care requirements. You will need to provide your ACCR when applying for residential care (or a home care package).
Finding a new home for yourself or your loved one is a big move, and one that you need to think about carefully. Make a list of what you are looking for in a residence. Visit different homes to see what they offer and how well they match the list you have made. How well do they meet your specific needs? And just as importantly, how do you feel when you are there?
You can find out about aged care homes in your desired area through the My Aged Care website
Of course, we hope that with our individualised care and living well approach, you will find that an Autumn Aged Care home is right for you.
We have developed a helpful checklist of things to consider when looking for an aged care home with a printable version that you can take with you.
The application process will vary for each residential aged care facility. At Autumn, we have a simple application form to be completed.
You also need to enter into a residential services agreement with us prior to or on the day or entering. You will also need to lodge an income and asset assessment with Centrelink so that the Department of Human Services can assess what fees and level of support you are entitled to, however, this may either be done before or after you enter one of our homes. We have a helpful income and assets checklist to assist you to record the information required.
As a new resident of Autumn Aged Care, you will be given all the information you need to transition smoothly into living with us, and we will help you adjust to your new surroundings. Our Director of Nursing, Manager, Clinical Care Coordinator, Lifestyle Coordinator and Chef are just some of the staff members who will meet you soon after you arrive. Feel free to ask them any questions you may have on the day you move in with us – or later.
We have a helpful resource of what to expect in your first 30 days while you settle into your new home: What to expect when you choose to reside at an Autumn Aged Care Home.
We look forward to welcoming you into our family.
Considering aged care for yourself or a loved one? We’re here to help.