Understanding Aged Care
Discussing aged care service options for an elderly relative and getting the process started can be a difficult and emotional task for many families.
Many of us avoid taking action and wait until there is an accident or a health crisis before we seek help, but it is a well-known fact that prevention is better than cure.
The signs that an elderly relative may need help can be as simple as struggling to carry the groceries home, or it can be a more significant problem such as frequent memory loss.
We all wish for our parents and grandparents to spend their golden years happily and continue to live fulfilling lives, so we’re here to help you find the right level of aged care and get started.
Aged Care Assessment
To help you determine what level of aged care services are required for your elderly relative, the first step is to contact myagedcare on 1800 200 422 and request a referral for an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) Assessment.
The assessment will help you make an informed decision on what level of aged care service is appropriate for your parent or loved one. The assessment can be conducted either at a hospital or at home, depending on your relative’s situation.
During the assessment, the ACAT member(s) may ask the following questions about your relative
- Daily living activities and lifestyle.
- Activities they require help with.
- Overall health and well-being.
- Specific health conditions and medical history.
- If preferred, you can also give ACAT permission to contact your relative’s doctor to discuss their medical history.
These are all factors that will help the ACAT determine the level of aged care services that is required.
Once the assessment is complete you will receive a copy of the document, ‘My Support Plan’, which will contain:
- A summary of the assessment.
- The types of services your aging relative is eligible to receive.
St. Dominic’s Home for the Elderly assesses individual needs and supports aging-in-place.
You should keep a copy of the ‘My Support Plan’ form and any approval letters for services your relative has been granted for. These documents will need to be presented if you decide to access any of the recommended services.
Finding the right Aged Care facility for your family member
We encourage you to make an appointment to view our aged care home in Blacktown, Sydney, speak to our Chief Executive Officer or Administrator and meet the staff to ask questions and discuss your relative’s care needs.
We recommend you look for the following things when considering an aged care home:
- A comfortable environment, surroundings suitable and acceptable by your relative.
- Australian Government Accreditation.
- A multi-disciplinary team of health professionals to ensure an appropriate level of care is available.
- What levels of aged care services are provided at the home, and whether on-going care can be accommodated within the home when your relatives care needs change?
- A menu that is healthy and varied.
St. Dominic’s Home for the Elderly is a certified and accredited aged care provider in Blacktown, New South Wales.
Within St. Dominic’s Home for the Elderly, residents are only moved if they require specific care (e.g. dementia)
Each resident is provided with a tailored care plan to identify their individual needs. This is reviewed frequently to ensure all residents are receiving the appropriate level of care.
Aged Care Admission
If you are interested in applying for aged care services at St. Dominic’s Home for the Elderly, please contact our Chief Executive Officer or Administrator, complete an application form, and make an appointment to discuss your relative’s admission.
Items you should bring to your appointment include:
- Completed Application Form
- My Support plan – document
- Assets and Income Assessment Statement (obtained from Centrelink)
- If applicable, a copy of Enduring Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship
- A detailed list of current medications your relative is currently taking
Other things to consider
- While in care, your relative can either remain with their current GP if they will visit the aged care facility, or choose one of the doctors who attend St. Dominic’s Home for the Elderly.