Can I change nursing homes?

An aged care residential facility is not a prison! If you or your loved on his unhappy where they are, they can always move.  And it is not that hard to move.

The first thing  to do is to check any Agreement that the resident has signed in relation to his or her accommodation at the facility.  There will usually be a clause setting out how much notice is required before a person can leave and it is usually around 7 days.

Then, you can start looking at alternatives – you can do an internet search to see what else is available in the chosen area or go to the ‘Find a Service’ tab on myagedcare.gov.au website which is the official government website listing aged care residential facilities.  Once you have narrowed down the options to facilities you think might suit, call the facility and see if they have any vacancies or a short waiting list. If they do, we recommend taking a tour of the facility.  If possible, taking the resident with you so that can see whether or not they they feel they might like it better than their current home.

Then it is a matter of negotiating the terms with the new facility – they may or may not be willing to match the terms of the current home so you might need to work out whether and how any difference can be afforded.

If you need help with moving aged care facilities, call us now on 1800 744 676.

Until next time,

Sara and Margaret.

 

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