Caring for elderly parents

From in-home care to residential care, find out what options are available

Ageing is inevitable. As hard as it is, there comes a time where you need to look after the ones who raised you—even if it means assisting with daily living activities, like preparing food or assisting with mobility.

Caring for your elderly parents can be challenging, depending on the level of their needs. You may end up feeling frustrated and guilty, or tired and isolated. It's not an easy job. The good news is, there is a range of options available to you–from in-home care to residential care.

MACG provides aged care homes across Victoria. We specifically choose to offer limited bed capacities in each of our homes so that our care teams can work collaboratively with residents to ensure the best care possible. Check out where our homes are located.

How do I know if my parents need care?
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First, it's important to understand how to judge if your parents require extra care. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do they have trouble with meal preparation?
  • Do they forget to take their medications?
  • Do they have trouble walking, dressing, or bathing?
  • Have they recently experienced a fall or been in hospital?
  • Have they been diagnosed with a medical condition or reduced mobility?

If the answer is 'yes' to any of the above, your parents need some extra help. But, before you take any steps, make sure you visit a GP with them and get a professional opinion.

In-home care

If your parents have low care needs, you can apply for assistance with daily living tasks. A support worker will come to the home and help out with household tasks. From cleaning and gardening to cooking and meal preparation, your parents can receive the extra help they need.

There are two types of care services for help at home:

  • Commonwealth Home Support Program: For entry-level care, this program is aimed towards those who need a low level of support to keep living independently.
  • Home Care Packages: For those who have greater or more complex care needs, this service will give your parents a variety of care and support services on an ongoing basis.

Contact the government's My Aged Care to find out which at-home services your parents are eligible for.

Residential care

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Residential aged care is ideal for those who have all kinds of care needs. To be eligible, your parents must be classified as 'unable to live independently at home'.

MACG has 8 aged care homes across Melbourne and Victoria. Our residents experience a strong sense of community which is fostered by our supportive care teams and extensive lifestyle programs.

When your parents live in a MACG home, they will receive access to:

  • 24-hour support from qualified staff
  • Allied health services such as podiatry, dental, and occupational therapy
  • Delicious, dietitian-certified meals cooked on-site
  • Laundry/hotel services
  • Social, emotional, and pastoral support
  • Sensory programs
  • Pet and animal visits
  • Physiotherapy exercise classes

If you want to know more, you can book a tour or contact us today.

What will it cost?

At MACG, you'll need to pay:

  • A basic daily fee
  • Accommodation costs
  • Means-tested care fee (depending on your financial situation)

These fees vary across the range of our homes and accommodation offerings.

You can find out more about our fees by visiting each of the location pages for our homes. We pride ourselves on being transparent and upfront about how much you need to pay, and where it goes.

Other kinds of care services

Respite care

From overnight to a few days or weeks, respite care is a great option for when primary carers need a break or have planned holidays.

Your parents will stay on-site at an aged care home, where they will receive the same care and support services as permanent residents.

Your parents can access up to to 63 days of subsidised care in one financial year. It is possible to extend this by 21 days at a time, with approval from your aged care assessor.

Day respite programs

Taking care of elderly parentsIf you're unsure what kind of needs your parents have, you can always register for our respite program. This way, they can experience the kind of community we establish in our aged care homes, without committing to anything. It's a good way to make friends, acquire new skills, and get active.

At MACG, our day respite programs feature a range of lifestyle activities, including (but not limited to):

  • Walking groups
  • Community fundraising
  • Meal preparation and baking for community groups
  • Movement to music
  • Music, movies, and travel exploration
  • Community giving and volunteering

At MACG, our compassionate care teams work with residents to enable and empower each person to reach their full potential, no matter their individual circumstances. Book a tour of one of our homes today.