Q. What is residential aged care?
Residential aged care also known as aged care homes and nursing homes provide accommodation, nursing care, personal care, meals,laundry and social programs. Moving into a nursing home usually happens in one of two ways.
It’s a planned move where you have had time to think about your options and do your research or you’re in hospital and have been advised by the staff that you need to move into an aged care home, and need to find a home as soon as possible.
Here’s what you need to know:
Before moving into an aged care home you will need to be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team, also known as ACAT* in NSW and the ACT.
ACAT’s are usually located in hospitals and comprise multidisciplinary team members such geriatricians, nurses, social workers and physiotherapist.
ACAT’s can visit you at home or in hospital. The free ACAT assessment determines the level of care and support you require and the options available to you, these may include receiving help at home or in an aged care facility.