I think my parent nees care, what do I do?

The Aged Care Process

Q&A Types of Care

What is residential care?

What different levels of residential care are available?

What is the difference between a rest home and a dementia rest home?

What home care services are available?

What is day care?

My mother’s carer needs a break. What are her options for temporary care? Can my mother get government assistance to cover the cost of replacement care?

What is residential care?

Residential care is long-term care provided in a rest home or hospital.

It includes these types of care:

It does not include independent living in a retirement village.

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What different levels of residential care are available?

These levels of residential care are available:

Rest Home

Rest homes provide 24 hour care by trained staff to aged people. People at rest homes can do some daily tasks themselves, but cannot live independently in their own home.

Dementia Units

Dementia units provide care to elderly suffering dementia or other mental illness. Dementia units provide the same services as rest homes in a secure environment and have staff trained in specialist dementia care.

Hospital

Long-stay hospitals provide 24-hour health care for people with high clinical needs. Most residents cannot move without the help of another person, and need assistance to do most daily tasks.

Psychogeriatric Care

Psychogeriatric care is a high level of care for people with a very high level of dementia or challenging behaviours

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What is the difference between a rest home and a dementia rest home?

Dementia rest homes provide specialist dementia care in addition to all services offered by a standard rest home. Dementia rest homes only provide care to elderly suffering dementia or other mental illness.  Security is tighter than standard rest homes, and staffing levels are higher to make sure that residents are monitored closely. Staff members are trained in specialist dementia care.

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What home care services are available?

A range of home care services are available, including:

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What is day care?

Day care is personal care during the day for the elderly by trained care workers. An activities programme of exercise and hobbies is generally included. Rest homes, retirement villages and stand-alone day care facilities offer day care programmes.

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My mother’s carer needs a break. Can my mother get government assistance to cover the cost of replacement care? What are her options for replacement care?

Your mother may be able to get a subsidy to help cover the cost of replacement care while her carer takes a break. To apply, the carer needs to arrange an appointment with the assessor. The needs of your parent and their carer will be assessed. The carer will be given a number of days off per year, and can choose when to take them.

Options for replacement care:

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