Residential Aged Care

Last updated 25.08.13




-    Facilities approved by the Government to provide care for the people on a permanent or temporary basis due to illness, disability, an emergency or because of the needs of carers



-    Some facilities provide both high & low level care (Ageing in Place)

-    Some cater for specific sub populations: cultural, language, etc.

-    Require an ACAT assessment prior to application

-    May have specific unit or wings for dementia patients

-    For additional costs some facilities offer extra services: internet, pay TV, better accommodation

-    Planning, regulation & funding by Commonwealth Government


Low Level Care

-      Previously known as hostels

-      Supported living environment

-      Suitable for those who are still mobile but require additional assistance with everyday tasks

-      May be suitable for respite care

-      Accommodation & Furnishings

-     Basic accommodation services: beds, mattresses, linen, bedside lockers, chairs

-     General laundry & cleaning services

-     Some toiletries

-     Maintenance of buildings & grounds

-     Provision of staff continuously on call to provide emergency assistance

-     Assistance with personal care such as bathing, toileting, eating & dressings

-     Assistance with mobilisation & communication

-     Meals including special diets

-     Support for people with dementia

-     Social activities

-    Personal care

-     Help with dressing, showering , toileting, eating, mobilizing

-     Continence maintenance

-     Support for rehabilitation

-     Occasional nursing care

-     Assistance with access to health & therapy services as needed


High Level Care

-      Previously known as nursing homes

-      Suitable for those who require assistance with most ADLs &/or 24 hour care

-      Offer services as in low level care with additional services

-     Wheelchairs

-     Sheepskins

-     Water & air mattresses

-     Continence aids

-     Basic medications & dressings

-     Therapy services: speech therapy, podiatry, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, recreational therapy

-     Oxygen & oxygen equipment

-     Registered nurses: assess, plan & manage care






DPS Guide: Residential Aged Care

DoH: MyAgedCare – Aged Care Homes

Victorian Government: Aged Care in Victoria – Residentail Aged Care Services