How to apply | Residential aged care | Short-term care | What help is available
At this page you can apply to the Árpád waiting list.
It also helps you to understand the process for moving into Arpad Aged Care
You can either download and send us your signed Application Form or
fill it in online
How to apply
Moving into an aged care home can be a difficult and emotional decision. We aim to try to help you to make it as easy as possible.
What is residential aged care?
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 without help. Australia’s aged care system aims to ensure that all older people receive support and quality care when they need it. Living or staying in an aged care home is all about making sure that you receive the care that you need, whether you just need help with day to day tasks, assistance with personal care, or 24-hour nursing care. Aged care homes are owned and operated by people or organizations that have the approval of the Australian Government to care for you.
Residential aged care can be offered as either permanent or short-term care. Short-term care in an aged care home is called residential respite care. If you or the person you care for needs less care than that offered by aged care homes you may wish to consider independent living units or retirement villages. These residential communities offer a range of services for independent older people, and are regulated by state and territory governments.
What types of care and services are available?
- Aged care homes can help you with: day-to-day tasks (such as cleaning, cooking, laundry)
- personal care (such as dressing, grooming, going to the toilet)
- 24-hour care under the supervision of a registered nurse
- or accessing a variety of additional services such as physiotherapy (exercises, mobility, strength and balance) or podiatry (foot care).
What short-term care is available?
If you’re caring for someone who still lives in their own home, you may occasionally need to take a short break. This could involve anything from a few days to a few weeks off to attend a wedding or other event, to go on a holiday or to just generally take some time for yourself. You may also need help if you are unwell or unable to provide care for any other reason. If the person you care for needs help on a day-to-day basis, they may need to have a short stay in an aged care home while you have a break. This is called residential respite care and can happen on a planned or emergency basis. Once you are back from your break, the person you care for will also return home.
Residential respite care is also available in an extra-service aged care home. However, the aged care home must be approved to provide extra-service care. You will, however, have to pay any extra service costs. The person you care for may access residential respite care for up to 63 days each financial year. This time can be extended in lots of 21 days if an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assessment finds that this extra time is necessary. The availability of services varies from region to region, and the assessment of the person you care for will determine their needs in line with what help is available in your area. If you need emergency respite care, phone your local Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 during business hours or 1800 059 059 outside business hours.