find a bed in aged care

How difficult is it to find a bed in aged care? What resources should I engage to get the best outcome for my loved one?

Are you wondering how to find a bed in aged care for yourself or a loved one? Transitioning into aged care living is a stressful time, and navigating the complex aged care system can feel daunting. 

Thankfully there is support available, and there are resources you can engage to ensure you get the best outcome for your loved one. 

In this article, we’ll explore how difficult it is to find a bed in aged care, along with some additional resources to help you make the transition a little easier. 

How difficult is it to find a bed in aged care? 

Let’s start by answering the question, how difficult is it to find a bed in aged care? The level of care required, the location, the costs and affordability are all factors to consider. Finding the right home that matches your requirements can sometimes be difficult as each home is different in its care, services and fees.  In addition, due to the high demand for aged care, several aged care homes are at capacity at the moment. Therefore many homes cannot predict when a bed will become available at their facility. 

Some aged care facilities have waiting lists, and the more urgent your care is, the less choice you’ll have when it comes time to find a bed in aged care. 

This is why it makes sense to plan your loved one’s move into aged care as early as possible so that they’ll have the best chance at securing a spot in the facility they feel most comfortable in. 

When a bed does become available at a facility, it’s often not available for very long due to the high demand and extensive waitlists. So if you or your loved one are offered a bed at your preferred facility, you won’t have a whole lot of time to give them your decision or prepare your documents for admission. This is because there are usually other people waiting too. As a result, most aged care facilities prefer to work with families who have pre-planned their documents and finances as it minimises delays.

Once you’ve accepted a placement, your loved one will need to transfer into the facility as soon as it is practical. If your loved one is unable to move in right away, they may only have up to seven days to move in after accepting the place. 

What resources are available? 

There are several different resources available to help lessen the stress of moving a loved one into aged care. We’ll take you through a few of the options available to you. 

Placement Consultant 

You might also like to engage a placement consultant in your area. Placement consultants are professionals who specialise in finding the right aged care home for your family member. 

They usually have good working relationships with all the aged care facilities in a certain district and take the hassle out of finding a bed in aged care. 

If family members are in disagreements or conflicts over which aged care facility to choose for a loved one, placement consultants can also act as mediators to help smooth over family disputes and ensure the best outcome is achieved for the loved one moving into aged care. 

Aged Care Financial Adviser 

The fee structures associated with aged care living can be difficult to comprehend. It can be hard to know whether or not an aged care facility is affordable for your loved one. Once you’ve chosen the right home, then there’s also the complexity of preparing your finances and submitting the relevant financial documents as well. This is where a financial planner who specialises in aged care can be invaluable. 

Aged care financial advisers assist with the financial aspects of moving into aged care. They can help to reduce the costs of aged care and ensure your loved one is in the best position possible financially. 

They can also make sure your loved one receives any government subsidies they are entitled to. 

Engaging an aged care financial adviser (like the team here at Beacon) as early as possible in the aged care planning process helps to reduce stress and prepare your loved one financially. 

The team at Beacon also specialises in ensuring quick turnaround when it comes to advice and document preparation to ensure you don’t miss out on a bed if time is a factor. 

We can provide different options and strategies, as well as offer advice on whether or not it’s a good idea to sell assets like the family home to help you make those important decisions that may sometimes need to be made in a short space of time

Start a conversation with the team at Beacon 

Moving a loved one into aged care is never easy. If you’ve never done it before, it can be difficult to know how to go about finding a bed in aged care, applying for government subsidies, and understanding the fee structure of homes. 

Luckily, there are many different resources available to you to ensure your loved one gets the best outcome possible. 

If you’d like to start a conversation with our team about the financial process for moving into aged care, you can reach out to us at any time on 1800 232 000.