What is the Aged Care Guide and how can I get hold of one?

Published on 9 November 2022

Whether you are at the start of your journey with the aged care system, or have been navigating its complexities for a while, you will understand the value of reliable information to help guide your path. With a multitude of resources and providers out there for different circumstances and stages, it can be a challenge to find something that guides you through the process from start to finish.

The Aged Care Guide was developed to be that single source of information for those engaging with the aged care industry, whether for themselves or on behalf of a loved one. The guide (available in both print and online formats) contains vital information regarding aged care supports, how the system works, what services are available and how to determine and then access the services that are right for your situation.

Our editorial team thoroughly research and craft informative articles which take you step by step through the process, from when you first realise that aged care services are required, through to accessing supports and assessing their suitability. Stories sharing the experiences of people who have been through the system before you are also included online to show how the Aged Care Guide can help you navigate the process with greater ease.

At the back of the guide we publish a comprehensive directory of providers, including all Commonwealth funded nursing homes and home care package providers for that State, as well as a selection of retirement villages and in home care options, so you have a repository of resources available at your fingertips when you are searching for assistance. All this and the guide is provided for FREE to any individual, industry worker or service provider across Australia.

So how can you access one of these incredibly useful and valuable resources?

Firstly, AgedCareGuide.com.au is an even richer source of information and guidance for the aged care sector, hosting more resources than we can fit in the printed guides. You can search for providers by type and location to ensure you find the most convenient service for your needs. Digital versions of the printed guides are also available to view, you can easily select the guide for your state and get local, relevant information.

If you prefer a printed guide to reference, there are many ways you can access one. ACAT/ACAS (Aged Care Assessment Teams/Services) teams in most states are able to access guides to reference and to hand out to clients, so they are a great place to ask when you engage their services early on in your journey. Find your nearest ACAT/ACAS here. Similarly hospital discharge teams and social workers should have guides on hand, as they encounter many clients and patients who find themselves needing to access care. 

The Aged Care Guide team regularly attend consumer events and expos to share our message and distribute free guides to those that need them, so why not pop in and visit? These events bring together information and providers from all areas of the aged care sector so can be a wealth of information all in one convenient place. AgedCareGuide.com.au publishes a list of events nationwide, so find your local event, grab a free copy of the Aged Care Guide and you will be well on your way to becoming an expert in the aged care sector.

Finally, you can order a copy of the printed guide via our DPS Shop, and a small postage fee will ensure your guide gets to you promptly. If you have any questions or require any assistance, our customer service team can be contacted via 1300 186 688 and are happy to help.

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