What The Different Aged Care Options Actually Mean

Knowing where to begin your search for aged care can be overwhelming — especially when you’re searching on behalf of a loved one. After all, how would you know if the solution you choose is the one that offers the perfect mix of support and independence to suit their needs? To help you, we’ve compiled a list of options and what they entail: 

Aged Care

Aged care (or Home Care) services cater for people who are unable to live at home without assistance. Entry-level support is designed to assist retirees and provide respite for their carers by offering help with things like transport, domestic chores, personal care, and allied health services. More intensive home care is available from approved Home Care Providers, and is subsidised by the Australian government.  Both are available as short- and long-term solutions. 

Assisted Living and Memory Care

Assisted living communities are designed to scale their level of care to suit the increasing support needs of someone as they age. A loved one with dementia or memory disorder will have a range of specific needs. These are exclusively catered for in residences that specialise in Memory Care. Choosing this assisted living option will mean your loved one won’t have to deal with the inconvenience of changing to another facility as their needs change.

Nursing Homes

Aged care residences, or “nursing homes”, are best suited to retirees who need ongoing help with everyday tasks and healthcare, and can no longer live at home. Each aged care residence is different, so it’s important to “shop around” until you find one that suits your loved one’s particular support and social tastes. Here they can look forward to accommodation with hotel-type services, and both personal and clinical care. Aged care residences typically offer both high-level nursing for those who need round-the-clock attention, and low-level care for those who simply need a helping hand with daily activities to live a full and happy life.  

Rental Living

A spot in a rental village is perfect for someone who values their independence and has minimal support needs. These gated communities usually lease their units on a weekly basis. Choosing this option gives your loved one the opportunity to spend their golden years surrounded by a vibrant community of like-minded people in a safe environment. 

Retirement Villages

Retirement villages are a long-term leased option for independent seniors who want to enjoy their retirement without having to worry about the small stuff, like building maintenance. They’re a great solution for anyone wanting to live in a community that has the social and physical infrastructure to support aging but doesn’t offer daily assistance with personal care or cater to specific medical needs. 


Independent Living

Independent living units are serviced apartments typically found within a larger retirement community. Here your loved one can look forward to a community-oriented lifestyle that offers a little more support than what’s available in a retirement village. Independent living units are typically serviced, with things like laundry and meals being taken care of. Because they’re found within a larger retirement community, these units are also well-situated for convenient access to medical care. 

Our Essential Guide to Choosing the Right Aged Care digs a little deeper into what you can expect from the different types of aged care services available in Australia today. Click here and download your free copy. 

Prefer to chat to a person? Contact us to discuss your aged care options in Perth. We’re committed to providing world-class residential aged care to the elderly in our community, north and south of the river. Like you, we believe that when it comes to selecting a living option, it’s important to spend as much time as you need to. We’d love to help!