Residential Aged Care – Perth/Western Australia

By on the Thursday, March 24, 2011

Residential aged care in Western Australia can be searched for using our comprehensive online directory. If you are in the metropolitan area, you can search for aged care homes and nursing homes in Perth

Where do I start?

To help you understand the aged care system, use our handy Understanding Aged Care Guide which covers everything you need to know about aged care, from accommodation to finance to finding the right aged care provider to suit your needs.

Once you have found some nursing homes in Western Australia that interest you, you will need to have the person who is looking to move into aged care assessed. An assessment refers to the assessment performed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). This assessment is funded by the Government, so you won’t have to pay anything. The assessment is designed to decide how much care the elderly person will need, whether they require continuous nursing care or are able to be more independent.

What is residential aged care?

Residential aged care (formerly known as a nursing home) is for an elderly person who requires occasional or 24 hour nursing care.

When moving into an aged care home, the process can sometimes take 2-3 months before the elderly person can acquire a place.

Finding a place to call home

Finding an aged care home is similar to finding a home to rent or buy. When searching for a home to rent or buy you would not expect to find something suitable within a few weeks, the same applies to finding residential aged care in Western Australia.

It is important to visit as many aged care homes as possible and decide upon the areas you feel would be suitable. The home as well as the neighbourhood and other near-by amenities (i.e. public transport, shopping strips, close to family/friends et cetera) and the home’s culture will need to be considered before moving in.

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What type of care is provided?

The type of services provided at residential aged care will vary depending on the type of care required and if the home is an extra service home. Generally accommodation and personal care is provided. Personal care refers to help with things such as occasional nursing or dressing and showering.

There are some services which must be provided at no additional costs including:

  • Basic accommodation (i.e. beds, mattresses, linen, chairs et cetera)
  • Social activities
  • Cleaning services & Laundry
  • Emergency assistance and on-call staff
  • Grounds & building maintenance
  • Communication & Mobility assistance
  • Meals (special diets included)
  • Personal care (i.e. help with going to the toilet, bathing, dressing and eating)