Aged care services support older people in many different ways. Older people or their carers can apply for government-subsidised services such as ‘home support’ or ‘home care packages’.
Types of aged care
The two main choices for older people are to:
- stay in their home and use care and services to remain independent
- move into an aged care home, where food, accommodation and care (including nursing services if required) are provided.
It can be stressful for everybody involved working out what to do. Counselling might help.
You can get a free assessment to work out how much help and what types of care and services you need. You will also find out what help and support you are eligible for.
For more information visit My Aged Care or call 1800 200 422.
Support services for older people
Services and support for older people in their homes include:
- nursing care, ranging from changing wound dressings to managing continence
- allied health services, such as physiotherapists or dietitians
- aids and equipment, such as wheelchairs or hoists
- help with personal care, such as bathing or dressing
- transport assistance
- home modifications, such as ramps and rails, and cleaning, gardening and maintenance services
- counselling for the person in care and their carer
- respite care.