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Ageing in place
It is possible in some aged care homes for you to receive care at low-level (more information) or high-level (more information) in the same place of residence. This means you don’t need to move as a result of changing care needs. It is called ‘ageing in place’.
An ageing in place policy is particularly beneficial for couples planning for a move from the family home as it may enable them to remain together even if their care needs significantly change over time. It also means people can maintain the relationships they have developed with staff and residents. The staff will be qualified and trained to support older people needing varying styles of care, including nursing, if needed. The ageing in place homes are designed to cater for people with a variety of care needs.
Not all aged care homes offer ageing in place, with some providing for either low-level or high-level care needs, but not both.
Also, a home may not be able to appropriately care for you in certain circumstances – such as when behaviours of concern associated with dementia develop, that cannot be managed, or if you need acute care and need to go to hospital.
Read more: Aged care homes for people with dementia
When choosing an aged care home, you should ask if the option to age in place is offered, and under what circumstances, if any, might you have to move to another home. These circumstances should also be included in your resident agreement (more information) if you move into the home.
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