Moving to an Aged Care Facility
The time will come when a moving to an aged care residential facility (ACRF) will be necessary. This event may occur when a retirement village resident’s care needs increase to a degree that the retirement village environment and the home supports are not adequate to ensure safety for the individual or maintain a quality of life.
Aged Care Residential Facility Considerations
1. When moving to an aged care residential facility or ACRF, admission requires an Aged Care Assessment to be done. The Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) will visit you at home to complete the assessment.
To find your local ACAS service visit myagedcare website, at the bottom of the page you will find a selection Find your local Aged Care Assessment Team. This page will also explain the role of the ACAS.
2. You then need to organise tours of facilities in the location you would like to live. Refer to our blog post – What to look for when choosing an Aged Care Residential Facility. When moving to an aged care residential facility, once you decide on a facility you would like to live you need to complete the application paperwork and if there are no vacancies then place your name on a waiting list.
3. You will need to complete a Permanent Residential Aged Care Request for a Combined Assets and Income Assessment which determines part of the fees and charges, the form can be found through this Human Services link.
4. Fees and charges for Aged Care need to be understood when moving to an aged care residential facility.I f you are required to pay an accommodation payment there are options for funding this and the total amount of the accommodation payment can often be negotiated.
5. You will need to downsize when moving to an aged care residential facility, usually the ACRF supplies a bed, chest of drawers and chair but this will vary. You are welcome to take in furniture, pictures etc for your room. Some ACRF offer suites with a sitting room and bedroom with or without a kitchenette so more furniture can be taken in.
6. You will be asked to sign a legal document a Resident Agreement and it is advisable to have this reviewed by a lawyer.
7. On the day of moving, have a relative or friend with you to assist with settling in and helping with paperwork.
* Remember to give notice in writing to your Retirement Village, refer to our last blog “Retirement Living Part 2 – financial matters when moving to aged care.”
It is a complex process to navigate so if you require assistance Signpost can organise the placement from beginning to end.
Until next time.
Sara and Margaret