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How long does it take to place mum or dad in aged care?


It’s a question we hear every day at from families worried about an ageing parent.

Often there is pressure to get mum or dad into an aged care home. Maybe they have had a sudden illness or fall or you have simply realised that they are not coping at home any longer.

But it does take time to organise an aged care place – we tell people it will take 13 weeks from starting your search to moving your family member into a facility.

It sounds like a long time, but it’s worth following every step to make sure you get the best result for your parent.

Precious Time

We’ve come up with a video to show exactly what you need to do – you can watch it here.

Of course there are exceptions. In some urgent cases, your loved one can move into an aged care home as soon as they have received their Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) report.

You will then have to pay a daily fee until you do an income and assets test to determine if you’re eligible for the Federal Government to contribute to the cost of care.

Even if you are only considering aged care, why not learn what’s involved in applying now so you can be prepared later?

Find our nine agedcare101 steps here.

Jill Donaldson

A practising aged care physiotherapist for the past 13 years, Jill has worked in more than 50 metropolitan and regional aged care homes. She has also toured care facilities across the US and Africa. She is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff that serve them.

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