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Moving from the family home into a facility that is designed specifically for older people can be a very positive but sometimes challenging move, especially if it means moving from the family home and further away from a familiar suburb, family and friends. However there are many benefits the most important being that there is likely to be onsite

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A number of older people eventually choose to move into retirement villages. There are many options to choose from, but normally retirement villages consist of self-care and / or hostel-type units. To enter a self-care unit people must be totally independent and able to take care of themselves and their living space. Independent living units may

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Hostels can be an appropriate alternative for older people who cannot cope alone but still want to retain a degree of independence. Usually, hostel accommodation is in a private room or bed-sitter with ensuite facilities. Staff are on call on a 24-hour basis. They may be available to assist with showering, dressing, administering medication

Nursing homes are an option for people who need continuous nursing care and a high degree of assistance with personal care. The Commonwealth Government funding criteria encourage nursing home owners to provide services only for those who have high levels of dependency and who need ongoing nursing care.

Most nursing home places are reserved for