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November 13, 2023

Getting Started with Aged Care: A Comprehensive Guide

Embarking on the journey of understanding and choosing your aged care service can be overwhelming. The myriad of choices, coupled with the emotional aspects of such a decision, can make the process seem challenging.


Getting Started with Aged Care: A Comprehensive Guide

Making the move into retirement village living can be exciting, but with any significant change comes a slew of considerations to keep in mind. The key to a smooth transition is preparation, ensuring that all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed. Let’s walk through some essential considerations:

Research the Types of Aged Care Available

Before making a decision, it’s essential to familiarise yourself with the various options available.

  • Home Services: If you or your loved one prefers to remain at home but needs a bit of extra help, home care services provide assistance with a whole range of daily tasks, like cooking and cleaning, to more personalised medical care and social support.
  • Residential Aged Care: When you need a higher level of care and support, residential aged care provides round-the-clock assistance and accommodation in homes that provide continuous nursing care. They can vary from low-level care homes to high-level care homes, catering to various health needs.
  • Respite Care: Short-term care options, allowing caregivers to take a break.
  • Specialised Care: Tailored for specific conditions such as dementia or palliative care.


Understand What Services You’ll Need

Everyone’s needs are unique, and understanding those needs is the cornerstone of selecting the right care.

  • Assessment: Seek a comprehensive assessment, usually facilitated by the Australian Government’s My Aged Care team, to understand the level of support required.
  • Personal Preferences: Besides medical needs, consider lifestyle preferences. This might include cultural or dietary requirements, access to social activities, or proximity to family members.

Exploring Funding Choices

Navigating the financial landscape of aged care can be intricate. It’s important to understand the subsidies and support you’re entitled to. Some funding options include:

  • Government Support: In Australia, the government provides funding through the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI). Your eligibility and the amount are determined after an assessment
  • Out-of-Pocket Expenses: Depending on the home or service type, there might be additional expenses. It’s crucial to get a clear breakdown of these costs from potential providers.
  • Financial Consultation: Consider seeking advice from a financial advisor familiar with aged care to help plan and manage costs.

If you would like to know how much you might have to pay towards your Home Care Package or aged care home, this fee estimator can give you an estimate – to help you plan: https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/how-much-will-i-pay

Find a Provider That Suits Your Needs

With a clear understanding of your requirements and budget, it’s time to find the right provider.

  • Reputation: Look into the history and reputation of the aged care provider you are researching. Online reviews, testimonials, and feedback from current residents can offer insights.
  • Visit in person: If considering residential care, physically visiting a home can give you a tangible feel of the environment and care level.
  • Questions: Don’t hesitate to ask questions. From staff-to-resident ratios, activities, emergency procedures to meal plans – ensure you have all the information you need.
  • Trial Periods: Some providers offer trial periods. This can be an excellent way to determine if it’s the right fit.

Choosing a Residential Aged Care Home

If you’re considering residential aged care, here’s what to keep in mind:

  • Location: Think about where you’d like to be. Consider proximity to family and friends.
  • Aged Care Home Features: Look at the amenities and services offered. Do they align with your needs and interests?
  • Staffing and Care: Ask about the qualifications and approach of the staff. You want to ensure your loved one receives the best care.
  • Costs: Understand the costs involved and what funding options are available.



Aged care is a significant decision, and it’s essential to make informed choices. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. At Warrigal, we’re here to provide information, guidance, and support every step of the way. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach

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