Choosing the
right home for you

Making the decision to move into aged care is a significant, and sometimes stressful decision. There’s much to consider for the loved one and families, but where do you begin? We’ve put together a list of a few things to think about when selecting an aged care home.

Be prepared

This is a big decision, so when you’re touring aged care homes, prepare a list of questions or even a checklist. Be confident to ask questions and seek answers.

Tour with family and friends

When looking at residences, be sure to take loved ones with you. Having trusted advisors with you can be helpful to remember to ask the right questions, or to watch for the small details which might be important to you. A second opinion will be invaluable.

Check compliance

Every aged care provider is required to meet government regulations and standards to protect the safety, health, wellbeing, and quality of life for people using aged care services. You can check the service compliance rating of a prospective home on the My Aged Care website, using the find a provider tool. You can also view historical information using the non-compliance checker.

Look at the lifestyle

Moving into a new home is about more than just the facilities and staff. Find out about the lifestyle programs on offer. Do they look interesting, and will they add to your quality of life?

Life at Woodford Manor

A great place to live is about so much more than just the accommodation. We bring together comfortable accommodation, and a close connected community.

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Staffing levels

The level of support and care you receive is one of the most important factors in selecting a home. Ask your prospective residence if they have a registered nurse available 24/7, or how many staff are shared between residents.

Access to medical care

Ask about the access the home has to medical support. Is it regular, on call, and do they have arrangements for your own healthcare team to attend the residence?

Staff skills

Alongside staffing levels, make sure you ask for more information regarding the experience and qualifications of the team looking after you. This is particularly important when looking at dementia friendly care.

Round the clock care

Woodford Manor provides 24-hour nursing and personal care to residents based on their individual needs.

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Seek further information

There are numerous online resources available to help you make the right choice. We’ve listed a few below.   
Department of Social Services
Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy Services (QADA)
Alzheimer’s Australia
Alzheimer’s Association Queensland
DPS Guide
Aged Care Online

Getting started

Read our guide to help you get started and make the right decision.

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