The basics of aged care

Helping hands: Kate Chew and Narelle Dagg from Weeroona Aged Care Residence have over 35 years combined experience and are available to assist with any of your aged care enquiries. Photo: Supplied.

Helping hands: Kate Chew and Narelle Dagg from Weeroona Aged Care Residence have over 35 years combined experience and are available to assist with any of your aged care enquiries. Photo: Supplied.

Weeroona Aged Care Residence is a family owned and operated home that has been providing first class care and accommodation to the Cowra community and surrounding areas since 1993. Currently managed by husband and wife team, Rob and Kate Chew, Weeroona accommodates residents with all different levels of care needs and support ageing in place, with close to 100 staff delivering around the clock care and support to residents.

Over the next six weeks, Weeroona will be provide the Cowra community with insights and information about all aspects of residential aged care with a focus on informing people about what considerations they'll need to make if considering becoming a permanent or respite (short-term) resident in an aged care home. There are five basic steps to residential aged care.

  • Assessing Eligibility

You will first need a free assessment with a member of an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) in your local area to determine whether you are suitable for permanent or respite care in a residential aged care setting. Your first step to achieving approval is to call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to be referred for a free assessment with an ACAT, who will be able to assist you by providing information on facilities in your area, help you with accessing the care you require and more.

Make yourself at home: One of the many rooms available at Weeroona Aged Care Residence. Photo: Supplied.

Make yourself at home: One of the many rooms available at Weeroona Aged Care Residence. Photo: Supplied.

  • Finding the Right Aged Care Home for You

There are many ways of learning about the aged care homes available to you in your area, however some of the most effective ways include asking hospital discharge planners and social workers, asking your GP or medical practice, asking your friends or family about homes have experience with or simply using Google to complete an online search.

Once you have a list of the homes that interest you, make an appointment to tour the facilities. Tours are a great way for you to ask all the questions you have and will allow you to experience what each home offers.

  • Fees and Charges

This is often where families can become a little confused, mostly in relation to which fees residents are required to pay. The most important thing to remember is that all aged care homes operate under the Aged Care Act, and fee structures have been set by the Australian Government. To ensure you know what fees you will be required to pay, speak with your local Centrelink office in regard to completing an assessment to determine which fees you need to pay.

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  • Applying for an Aged Care Home in Cowra

There is no limitation to how many homes a person can apply to, or restrictions on what location you would like to live in, however it's important to be aware that homes have varied room prices and services available.

The aged care homes you speak with will be able to work with you to ensure you find a suitable living arrangement that compliments your care requirements. Most homes have a very simple application process, which includes filling out an application form and providing information about the consumer's care requirements and personal preferences.

  • Moving into an Aged Care Home

Once you have submitted your applications and a home has made their offer, you can arrange an admission date with the home. The home will require your ACAT assessment, doctor preferences, medical records (can be supplied by your medical centre), personal information, Medicare card and pension details along with other key information to ensure your admission proceeds as smooth as possible.

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