Residential aged care facilities (or Nursing Homes) offer supported living for those people who need daily personal assistance and cannot live alone.
These facilities offer residents laundry and cleaning services, assistance with personal care, meals, and medication.
Entry into a residential aged care facility is restricted by need. In order to move into a facility, the person must be assessed by a government-appointed Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) and judged as requiring personal assistance. The Assessment Team will consider the person’s ability to undertake day-to-day living activities and their medical needs.
The payment structure for residential aged care is totally different to retirement villages. Accommodation and services in residential aged care is heavily subsidised and regulated by the Australian Government, whereas residents fully fund retirement villages and the regulations are not as extensive.
Please see the recent Australian Government legislation on Aged Care Reform.
For further information, please see the section on Residential Aged Care Facilities on our website.