Retirement living communities and residential aged care homes are distinctly different from one another and accommodate people at entirely separate stages of life.
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15 November 2022
| Retirement Living, Aged Care Homes
With so many lifestyle choices now available to senior Australians, understanding the options and terminology can sometimes be confusing.
Residential aged care provides residents with access to round-the-clock care in an environment which has been designed to feel like home. Residential aged care can also be known as:
Residential aged care accommodates seniors with a diverse range of care requirements, from those who are still living fairly independently, to people with complex care needs, such as those living with dementia, right through to end-of-life palliative care.
Usually, residents and their families will make the decision to move into residential aged care when their mobility or cognitive health has reduced to the point where they can no longer live safely on their own.
Residential aged care allows them to be supported 24/7 by highly qualified and well-trained staff, who will work with residents and their families to provide consistent, quality care, tailored to each individual’s preferences and needs.
The care home staff also ensure residents are still able to continue doing activities and hobbies that they enjoy, creating inclusive, tailored leisure activity programs to keep the resident community active and having fun.
A retirement living community refers to a village of homes and facilities designed for people over the age of 55, typically those who are living independently and do not need ongoing, full-time care. Retirement living can also be referred to as:
Retirement village residents have often downsized from a larger property, wanting to ditch the hassle of home and garden maintenance as they get older and feel part of a close-knit, sociable community. They can enjoy on-site facilities like swimming pools, bowling greens, libraries, and hair salons, reducing the need for frequent travel, and there is often a village shuttle bus serving the local shops if required.
Unlike residential aged care homes, which employ multiple care workers to provide tailored, 24/7 care, a retirement community will typically have a much smaller team of staff to manage the everyday running of the village.
Yes. Many village residents choose to receive home care to varying degrees, enabling them to stay in the comfort of their own home for longer.
Retirement village operators may also offer their residents home care services, or residents might choose a different provider. Either way, home care is delivered at additional cost, but is eligible for government funding.
Home care funding falls into one of the following three categories:
When planning your retirement, it makes good sense to consider your needs both now and into the future. Many service providers have chosen to incorporate residential aged care within the village estate so that residents requiring additional care can remain in the community.
If you are a couple for example and your partner requires residential aged care, you can stay close to one another amongst familiar surroundings.
Co-located facilities will also usually mean you can stay consistent with the same provider, and this can be cost-effective. For example:
Are you thinking about residential aged care for yourself or a loved one? Or perhaps you’re keen to take a tour of one of our beautiful retirement villages.
Some of our most popular communities are listed below, all of which house both a retirement village as well as a residential aged care home if ever you need it.