Moving Into Aged Care? Here’s What To Consider
Whether you’re a senior, or a family member of a loved one, moving into aged care is a significant life decision. It requires a lot of planning and research to ensure you are making the right choice.
Here’s what you and your family should consider when moving into aged care.
What To Consider When Moving Into Aged Care
Find Accurate Information
While you can search Google for information, it’s best to use an official Government site such as My Aged Care.
The site provides options for different types of care available. It includes help at home and short-term care options. This lets you compare and decide if aged care is the best choice.
You can apply for an assessment and check your eligibility for government-funded aged care services. Friendly and helpful contact centre staff can discuss personalised options by calling 1800 200 422, or you can apply online.
Make Sure You Know The Right Questions To Ask
It’s essential to be prepared with a list of questions to ask when making your decision. It would help if you also put together a checklist for what you need to do to prepare to move to aged care.
Remember to add things such as:
- Finding an aged care home
- Estimating costs
- Arranging a financial assessment
- Short-listing aged care facilities
- How to contact aged-care homes and what to ask them
- Entering into resident and accommodation agreements
- Preparing to move and everyone you should notify
You can find a comprehensive checklist and step-by-step guides in The My Aged Care Steps To Enter An Aged Care Home PDF guide.
What To Do When You Visit Aged Care Homes
When you visit homes from your short-list, you should make sure you have your questions written down in advance. This way you won’t forget anything important.
Also, be sure to make notes for each aged care home, and include what you like and don’t like about the place. Observe the staff and the environment. Is it somewhere you or your loved one will feel comfortable?
Don’t forget to ask about any extra services they provide and activities, as well as any other fees. Be sure to take an application form to apply for the aged care home if it’s the one you like the best.
Know The Costs Upfront
There are several different government-funded services and subsidies you or your loved one may be eligible for. These can cover the costs of accommodation as well as care services. By finding out what you are entitled to, you can get an accurate idea of your cost of living weekly, monthly, and yearly.
We also believe in providing transparent upfront pricing. When we give a quote, we itemise each item and offer fair and affordable prices, with no nasty hidden costs or surcharges. We also clearly display our pricing policy.
Ask For Moving Help
Any time you move is challenging on its own, and it’s usually a time of high emotions, stress, and fear of change. At Optimove, we are compassionate and have helped many other customers through similar situations. Our professional, experienced removalists are here to assist you with every step of the journey.
Our friendly team is standing by to advise how best to move your belongings and any available options such as removals storage.