Residential aged care is for older people who for a variety of reasons can no longer live at home.
Those reasons can include illness, disability, bereavement, an emergency, the changing needs of their carer, family or friends or because it is no longer possible to manage at home
As you grow older, you may find that you need more help with day-to-day tasks or health care. Sometimes, the best way to receive help and support can be by living in an aged care home.
There are services around Australia that can provide respite away from home for short periods.
When you have been in hospital, often the most desirable place to go when you leave is to your own home, rather than an aged care home. Sometimes you might need extra help to recover. This is where transition care may be able to help.