Here at Opal Aged Care, we understand the decision to move into residential aged care is a significant one and it is important to choose accommodation that meets your needs and your budget. Whilst all aged care homes in Australia are strictly regulated by the government to ensure a high standard of care across the sector, you will find that accommodation differs.

To help you navigate your way through finding the right accommodation, we have developed a Step by Step guide.

This booklet will help you understand the process from your enquiry to placement and ensure you have what you need along the way.

Included in this booklet are details on:

• what residential aged care is and how to find out about eligibility

• how to apply for a place in an aged care home and the information you will need along the way

• what to expect from an aged care home

As specialists in aged care, we know how important it is to communicate with families and residents. We also realise that by delivering the highest quality of care, you and your family are free to focus on the things that really matter – and that’s spending time together.

At Opal Aged Care we aim to make that process as simple and as stress free as possible.

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Finding out if you are eligible for residential aged care.

Looking for an aged care home.

Working out the costs.

Applying to an aged care home.

Moving in.

Managing your affairs when you move into a residential aged care home.

Checklist when visiting a home.

Government links

My Aged Care – call 1800 500 853

Department of Health and Ageing

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Australian Electoral Commission


Australian Taxation Office