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Entering an aged care home
Living in an aged care home means living with many new people under one roof, and getting used to other people doing some of the everyday things you might have previously done for yourself.
When you enter an aged care home you will keep all your rights as a citizen and be able to maintain your personal privacy. Family and friends can visit you, of course, and you’ll be able to come and go as your health and abilities allow. For example, you cannot be left out of things because of your religion or language.
You also have the right to maintain control over the personal aspects of your daily life, as well as your financial affairs and possessions, and to have your say on your own living arrangements or those of the home in general.
What happens if I’m offered a place?If the aged care home contacts you or your contact person and you accept the place, you will need to discuss your resident agreement with the home’s manager.
Read more: About living in an aged care home
Planning your careIn addition to your Aged Care Assessment Team assessment (more information) form information, it’s a good idea to make a list of your care needs before you talk with the manager of an aged care home. You should also discuss your needs with your carer or family members to make sure you’ve thought of everything.
Read more: About planning your care
Consultation with you and your relativesYour carer and your family have a right to continue to play a significant role in your life in an aged care home if you would like them to.
Security of tenureYour place in an aged care home is secure, but there are some circumstances under which you may leave the home, or may be asked to leave the home.
Read more: About security of tenure
The Resident AgreementA resident agreement is a legal agreement between you and the aged care home, and should be offered to you before you move in.
Read more: About the Resident Agreement