Making decisions for yourself

Making decisions for yourself

Are you starting to think about your aged care options? Knowing what you want and the kind of services you need will help you find the right health and home care services.

We will support you through the whole process so you can continue to live the way you want to.

Think about what will help you

The best way to get started is to think about what you need to make your everyday life easier and keep you safe at home.

Ask yourself:

  • What do I need help with?
  • What will help me feel more comfortable and confident?

For some people it might be getting some help around the house, having some support to shower safely or someone who can drive you where you need to go.

For others, it might be managing chronic or complex health conditions.

We'll help you understand your options

We’ll talk through your situation and can advise on what we think your best option will be. Our advice is free and always puts your needs front and centre.

1300 761 577

Talk to your family, friends or GP

Knowing what you want is key, but letting other people know is also extremely important.

Speak to your family, friends, carers and GP so they know what your preferences are and can speak for you if you are not able to.

One way to start these discussions is to explain what you want to do in the short and long-term and talk about how you can work together to maintain your way of life.

For example: 'I want to stay in my own home as I grow older. How can we make that happen?’ *

You could also start by:

  • chatting about the activities or hobbies you enjoy
  • discussing where you feel you need some support
  • using examples of family or friends who have been through a similar experience.

If you don’t feel ready to talk to your family or friends, you can start with your GP.

Remember you don’t need to reach any firm decisions during the first – or even second – conversation.

Ask about having an assessment

Aged care assessments are available to determine if you are eligible for government-subsidised support and to see which level of care will best suit your situation.

Some people can feel anxious at the idea of an assessment, but the aim is to understand your goals and make sure you can access the help you need to achieve them.

Find out more about Getting an assessment.

How we can help

You can call us at any time for free advice on how to navigate the aged care system.

1300 761 577

Remember to ask us about how to access government-subsidised programs such as the Commonwealth Home Support Programme or a Home Care Package.


* www.myagedcare.gov.au/getting-started/starting-the-conversation-about-aged-care

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