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It’s fair to say that aged care communities come in all shapes and sizes. If you are considering an aged care option, it’s a good idea to prepare a checklist of both what you need in your accommodation, and what would be a bonus. Here are just a few considerations.

Bedrooms/Living Space – This is going to be your new home, so it needs to feel like one. Be sure to visit any prospective property to see just how much space you would have. Ask for floor plans, if available, check that the apartment or room you are being shown is identical to that which you would be moving into, and ask what’s provided by way of furniture and accessories.

Health and Medical Support – The idea with any assisted or supported living option is that you have support when it is needed. Check if health and medical support is on hand 24 hours a day. It’s also worth investigating what’s available in terms of exercise and health programs.

Meals – Look at available dining facilities. Is there just one dining room, or a range of options? Ask for a sample menu, or information on the sort of meals that are provided.

Cost – In looking at costs, you need to ensure you are clear on what’s included, and any hidden extras. Accommodation providers may require an initial bond or outlay and ongoing fees. You need to check and confirm the full price.

A retirement village or community may be a great idea as you age, but most do not have care or support facilities. These may be perfect while you are healthy, but if you are thinking longer term, just be sure to take the time to look at all your options so that you can be confident your choice is the best one for you.