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What is permanent and temporary aged care?

Aged care homes (nursing homes) can provide care on a permanent, ongoing basis, tailored to our individual needs; but they can also offer respite care and transition care on a temporary basis.

Permanent

To find a permanent place in an aged care home you need to have an assessment from an Aged Care Assessment Team (or Aged care Assessment Service if you live in Victoria) to find out if you are eligible.

Temporary

Aged care homes can also provide live-in care to people on a temporary basis, either as:


Respite care

If you or your usual carer at home needs a short break.  You can have up to 63 days of respite care per year in an aged care home but, as for permanent care, you will need an assessment from an Aged Care Assessment Team (or Aged care Assessment Service if you live in Victoria) to find out if you are eligible.


Transition care

If you have been in hospital but you’re not quite up to going home yet, you can be eligible for a short stay in an aged care home where you can get the monitoring and care you need to recuperate and be able to move back home (max 84 days). You will need to have an ACAT to receive transition care.  While still in hospital, a social worker at the hospital will organise an ACAT assessment for you.  If you have already left hospital but feel you need transition care, then you will need to call My Aged Care and have them set up an ACAT assessment at your home.

 

In 2014 over 231,500 people lived in aged care homes permanently while 23,500 people used an aged care home for a short stay - as a transition patient from hospital or for respite.

Stuart Hutcheon, Manager Partner,
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Top Tip - Anyone going into an aged care home on either a permanent or temporary basis will need to have an ACAT assessment to find out if they are eligible.

 


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