Situated in Wallington, just minutes from Ocean Grove and Geelong, Homestead Estate is set in an idyllic rural location with views to the surrounding countryside. Homestead Estate has recently completed an extensive renovation to introduce a unique range of services and facilities.
If you’re thinking about moving into a federal government subsidised aged care home in Victoria, you’ll need to organise a free assessment with an Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS).
An ACAS usually includes a doctor, nurse, social worker and/or other health professionals. They’ll help you work out the services you need and assess your eligibility for low-level or high-level care.
If you’re not eligible for residential care, an ACAS may be able to suggest other options, like home help, to meet your care needs.
When you’ve met with an ACAS and received a letter confirming your eligibility for residential aged care, you can start looking for your future home.
Each home has different kinds of accommodation, care, services and activities. It’s wise to visit several different homes to find one that suits you best. The website www.myagedcare.gov.au has a ‘finder’ to help you look for homes in the area you’d like to live and contact them to organise a visit.
Before you visit, make a list of the types of care you need and the things that are important to you in a home. Involve your carer or family and ask them about their needs, so that they can continue to support you after you move. Take your ACAS letter, because some homes will want to know the level of care you’ve been approved for.
As you visit each home, you may also want to make some notes. What do you like and dislike about it? Do you feel comfortable with the staff and the environment?
Consider how well each home may meet your physical, social and emotional needs:
Moving into an aged care home means new surroundings, routines and people. You may have help with many of the everyday tasks that you’ve been used to doing for yourself, and you’ll be able to participate in plenty of social activities.
It’s important to remember that you will still be your own person. As long as your health permits, you can go on holidays, visit friends and come and go as you like.
You will still be able to vote and enjoy other rights as a citizen. You will retain the right to control your finances and possessions.
As a resident of the home, you will have a say in your living arrangements or those of the home in general. You will be expected to respect the rights and needs of other people in the home, as they will be expected to respect yours.
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