Looking for a suitable residential aged care home can be a daunting process. Relocating yourself, or finding an appropriate home for a loved one, is a major life decision. Because this task can also be time consuming, we at SomerCare have compiled a step-by-step guide to applying for a place in a residential aged care home, the type of information required to do so and what to expect once you have accepted a place and moved into an aged care facility. We hope you find this information valuable.
The Five Steps to Entry into Residential Aged Care:
Step 1 - Assessing your eligibility
You can contact ACAT directly or be referred by your doctor, medical centre or local hospital.
An ACAT will then:
- Assess your individual needs taking into account your home life, medical history and support networks to work out the best care option for you
- Determine whether you are eligible for low or high level care
- Give you information about residential aged care and home care services in your area
- Help arrange special respite care should you require it
If you require any assistance with your ACAT assessment don't hesitate to phone SomerCare on: 03 5597 9922.
Step 2 - Finding an aged care residence
At SomerCare we are unique in our ability to meet the full range of needs including:
If you wish to accept a place you are welcome to meet with SomerCare's manager to discuss your personal needs.
Step 3 - Working out the cost
At SomerCare we understand that working out the financial requirements of entering an aged care home can be confusing and we are happy to arrange a meeting with our financial services manager to explain the fee structure.
Step 4 - Applying
Applicants will be required to provide information about their personal circumstances, legally and financially, as well as their preferences. This allows for a better assessment of the applicants needs.
When a place become available at SomerCare the applicant or the applicant's nominated individual will be contacted by the aged care home. The applicant is not obligated to accept that place. However if the applicant does accept the place they will have up to seven days to move in.
Step 5 - Moving In
When a person moves into an aged care home they must adapt to a new environment, a new schedule or routine and many unfamiliar faces that will become part of daily life.
At SomerCare we work hard to ensure that this transition is smooth and that new residents settle in as quickly and as comfortably as possible. Our experienced team spends time with new residents and their families and carers familiarising ourselves with their specific needs and requirements.
Preparing to move - what to take?
On a practical level, SomerCare provides most of what you will need. However residents can bring items of their own including:
- A favourite chair
- Radio/CD player
- Bedside table
- Books, music and other memorabilia
For more information or to apply for residence at SomerCare click here or phone 03 5977 9922.