About aged care

Overview

The meaning of ‘aged care’ has evolved significantly over the years, both within the community, and the aged care industry itself. Nowadays, the term is used to describe a range of care and living options, but generally encompasses independent living, retirement living, home care and residential care.

Independent living accommodation is usually co-located with a residential aged care home, which means it can address both the current and future needs of residents. Accommodation of this type is most often provided in the form of serviced apartments or units.

Retirement living is usually more of a lifestyle choice than a care-based decision. Generally inclusive of domestic, social and recreational support, it enables residents to downsize from their current domestic arrangements, and enjoy the greater freedom offered by low maintenance living.

Home Care, or ‘Community Care’ as it’s often called, refers to care services that are brought into your home. If you’re eligible, this type of care will be subsidised through a government funded home care package. Otherwise, you will need to meet the costs yourself. Domestic, personal and clinical services can all be provided, depending on your needs.

Examples include:

  • Cleaning
  • Meals
  • Transport
  • Dressing
  • Showering
  • Medication management
  • Wound care

Residential care homes provide 24-hour care for people who are no longer able to live independently. Referred to variously as ‘Residential Aged Care’, ‘Aged Care Facilities’, ‘Nursing Homes’ or ‘Care Homes’, they typically offer a wide range of domestic, clinical and lifestyle support services, and develop tailored care plans according to each resident’s individual needs.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges in residential aged care will vary according to your personal needs and circumstances, and the care home in which you choose to reside. Generally, you will be required to pay for your basic living expenses, your care and your accommodation. You may also want to take advantage of extra services your care home provides.

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FAQs

What types of care are available at a Japara Care Home?

Depending on the individual Japara Care Home, and availability at the time, you may have the choice of Day Respite, Respite Care and Permanent Aged Care—all of which can be supplemented with specialist Dementia Care if required.

Day Respite: as the name suggests, individuals receive all the benefits of a Japara Care Home for the day, which can include an overnight stay if required. We provide respite care residents with quality meals and invite them to take full advantage of all the available leisure and lifestyle options.

Respite Care: typically involves a stay of at least two weeks, during which meals, laundry, cleaning and clinical care are all provided. Respite care residents are also encouraged to participate in the available leisure and lifestyle options. Respite care is ideal if you need a break from caring for a loved one, or when an older person has left hospital, but is not quite ready to return to their home.

Permanent Aged Care: is when an individual moves into a Japara Care Home to stay. Round-the-clock personalised care, a beautiful room, quality meals, domestic services, leisure and lifestyle options, and plenty of social and mental stimulation are just some of the benefits enjoyed by our permanent residents.

Dementia Care: Japara is a leader in this specialist field. Our care homes all have the capability to care for individual living with dementia, and many integrate dedicated spaces for those who may wander and require the added safeguard of a secure area.

How much does residential aged care cost?

You’ll find detailed information on our Fees and Charges page. 

What is an aged care assessment?

It’s a review of a person’s lifestyle and care needs to determine their eligibility for home or residential care. Conducted free of charge at the person’s home, it simply involves chatting with medical professionals, known as an ‘Aged Care Assessment Team’—or ‘ACAT’ for short. The review is often referred to as an ‘ACAT assessment’, or ‘ACAS assessment’ in Victoria.

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