Types of aged care and retirement housing

If you need the extra care and support provided in an aged care home or you're considering moving into retirement housing, it's important to understand what's available, how much it will cost and what's included.

Initially, assistance in the home might mean you get the help you need to stay at home.

Residential aged care

Residential aged care facilities, sometimes called hostels or nursing homes, offer services such as meals, laundry, help with personal hygiene, nursing care and social activities. Facilities vary in style, size and level of care.

Supported residential facilities, sometimes known as rest homes, are self-funded by residents. Services may include personal care, medication monitoring, meals, laundry and cleaning.

For more information or to organise an assessment to determine whether you're eligible to enter residential aged care, phone My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 (freecall).

Information about vacancies, with listings in your local area and fees, can be found on the Catalyst Foundation website.

Retirement housing

Options for retirement housing include retirement village accommodation, rental and community housing.

Visit our Housing page if you're homeless or need emergency accommodation.

For more information on all retirement housing options, including a list of current vacancies, see the Seniors Information Service or phone 8168 8776 or SA Country callers 1800 636 368 (free call).

Concerns or complaints

The Australian Government's Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission deals with complaints and concerns about aged care facilities - phone 1800 951 822 or visit the website.

For questions or complaints about retirement villages, telephone 8204 2420.

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