Aged care services in Australia
As you get older, you have choices about who takes care of you, and whether you want to stay in your own home or move into an aged care home. Aged care services are designed to help you live independently, and give you options about your care.
The Australian Government subsidises a range of aged care services in Australia. If your personal circumstances allow, it is expected you will contribute towards the cost of your care.
The My Aged Care website at www.myagedcare.gov.au has information about your options, and how to access aged care services. It will help you understand the aged care system, and how to access support and services. Translated information is available on the website. You can also contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or via TIS National to discuss your aged care needs.
Two options for aged care services are:
If you want to continue living at home, you can get help with daily tasks that you can no longer manage on your own, like changing lightbulbs, gardening, showering and dressing or going grocery shopping. You can also obtain equipment like a walking frame to help you walk.
You can move into an aged care home if you feel you can no longer live in your own home.
My Aged Care can discuss your needs and arrange an assessment to talk in more detail about your situation and see if you are eligible to receive government-subsidised aged care services – for further information go to www.myagedcare.gov.au/eligibility-and-assessment or phone 1800 200 422.