If you’re considering aged care support for yourself or a loved one, there can be lots of questions about the right type of care for you.


You might be wondering, “What is a residential aged care facility, exactly?” Perhaps you’re wondering about the role that permanent residential aged care plays, or how this differs from home care. We’re here to help with some clear explanations.


What is residential aged care?

In Australia, residential aged care is for older people who are no longer able to live in their own home. Residential aged care includes accommodation as well as personal and health care, situated in an aged care home environment. Residential aged care is subsidised for many Australians by the Federal Government.


There’s no need to be deterred by the aged care stereotypes of old. As Australia has grappled with an ageing population, residential aged care has now modernised to include beautiful living spaces and exceptional standards of care, nutrition and lifestyle activities.


What is permanent residential aged care?

Residential aged care is available on a short-term or permanent basis in Australia, depending on the level and type of care that a person needs. If you are a permanent aged care resident, this simply means you live permanently at an aged care home with all the care and support this provides.


Permanent residential aged care can actually be a great opportunity to regain some forms of independence, form new friendships and enjoy a home that feels social, safe and caring.


Commonly asked questions about residential aged care

You’ve asked, we’ve answered! Below are some of the questions most commonly asked when families are thinking about accessing aged care support.


What is the difference between home care and residential care?

Living independently can sometimes become more challenging in older age. The government’s My Aged Care system connects people with various services to provide the right type of support. Help at home, or home care, involves support personnel visiting someone’s home. This might include cleaners, carers, healthcare professionals, transport providers or other services, depending on that person’s unique needs. Residential aged care involves moving to an aged care home, and can provide a higher level of care and support 24/7.


What is the difference between permanent and short-term residential care?

Short-term residential care and respite care involves care and support for a set period of time. This could be for a few days, weeks or months at a time. Short-term and respite care can provide valuable support in a number of situations. For example:

  • If a person wants to reverse or slow difficulties they might have living at home
  • If a person or their carer need a short break: say overnight, or for a day or two
  • If someone is regaining their independence after a hospital stay.


If a person will be better supported by longer term, 24/7 care and support, they might instead move into an aged care home on a permanent basis. Once again, permanent residential aged care can often be a positive new chapter if someone has been struggling with daily activities at home.


We know the path into aged care can sometimes be a confusing one, and our team is here to support you. You can read our Guide to Aged Care for more commonly asked questions, and we’d welcome you to make an enquiry at an Aurrum Aged Care location close to you to discuss your needs and schedule a tour.