The importance of community in aged care homes

Community plays an important factor in the wellbeing of aged care residents

As you age, it can be harder to maintain connections with friends, family, and neighbours. Life gets busier for some, and quieter for others. A lack of community engagement can leave you feeling isolated and lonely – a feeling which can wear away at both your emotional and physical wellbeing.

When you live in an aged care home, you open the door to a thriving community of like-minded people. With no effort at all, you can join your friends for tea in the communal lounge room or simply sit in the sunshine and talk.

Medical & Aged Care Group's range of aged care homes and care options have been created with community values. We have eight homes across Victoria – contact us to find out more.

Benefits of community living

Connectivity

Transportation remains a hurdle for those 'ageing in place'. If you don't drive anymore, and don't have any public transport options close to your front door, it can be hard to visit friends and family who live further away.

We have ensured all our homes are located close to public transport and we provide transportation services for community outings. Staying connected with the world around you will be easy.

On-site support staff

If you have health conditions which limit your mobility, our on-site support staff and volunteering team can assist you. We will lend a helping hand if you need help getting in and out of vehicles.

Lifestyle programs

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Each of our aged care homes has different lifestyle programs. Across the board, we offer:

  • Outdoor walking groups
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Art and craft sessions
  • Day trips to community destinations
  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Manicures and beauty therapy
  • Cafe groups
  • Horticultural programs
  • Concerts
  • Coffee clubs

We encourage our residents to play board games and card games, as well as lawn bowls and bingo.

Allied health

We work with allied health professionals so we can offer in-house medical services like:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech pathology
  • Dietitian advice
  • Podiatry
  • Remedial massage therapist
  • Wound consultants
  • Palliative care
  • Mental health teams
  • Dementia consultants

This way, taking care of your general health and any acute illnesses is stress-free.

Residential aged care fees

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Our fees comprise two parts – the basic daily fee, and the accommodation payment.

1. Basic daily fees

Every aged care resident pays a basic daily fee to cover all levels of care and assistance. This fee is set by the government and is based on approximately 85 per cent of the single Australian aged pension.

2. Accommodation payment

Your accommodation costs will depend on the type of home and room you have chosen to live in. You can see our prices across our range of homes.

What are my payment options?

We offer flexible payment options, such as:

  • Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD): A one-off lump sum payment, fully refundable on departure
  • Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP): A rental-type payment calculated from the RAD amount at the government-set interest rate
  • Combination payment: You can opt to pay part of the accommodation fee as a lump sum RAD and then pay off the remaining balance as DAP

According to the government, those can afford to contribute more towards their care must do so. The Department of Human Services determines if a resident is required to pay a means-tested fee in addition to the basic daily fee. The amount is based on an income and assets assessment.

Why choose Medical & Aged Care Group

We pride ourselves on operating aged care homes, which are smaller than most other aged care providers. This way, our staff can connect with residents on a personal level and ensure each and every person receives the best care and support possible.

Staff and residents alike work together to improve the way the homes are run, which enhances the sense of community. When you live in a Medical & Aged Care Group aged care home, you're not just a resident – you're family.

Living in aged care homes can be an exciting new journey. If you live in a Medical & Aged Care Group home, you'll become part of a vibrant and thriving community. And, you'll have access to expert on-site medical staff and a caring support team.

Contact us today if you would like more information about our lifestyle services, or if you would like to book a tour of one of our homes.