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Victoria's aged care environment
The State Government’s aged care agenda is focused on addressing the special needs of older Victorians and ensuring its policies and programs recognise and reflect the diversity of older people’s lives.
This site contains a broad range of information on accessing support services for older people, including specific subjects for health professionals, family members and carers of older people and older people who are seeking services for themselves or a partner.
If you are an individual requiring services that can assist you in your home or community the Victorian Government offers a broad range of programs that can help you to maintain your independence as well as improve your health and wellbeing. This site provides a convenient and comprehensive description of what is available as well as many links to sites that can have information for older people, such as the Commonwealth Government, local councils, senior citizens centres and other health and wellbeing related sites.
Health Professionals can access the department’s policy and research documents and guidelines, links to legislation relevant to aged care services and service guidelines and contacts. Additionally this website can act as a resource that service providers can refer their clients to.
The Aged Care website also provides a focus on residential services available in Victoria. When community and home care services are no longer able to meet an individual’s care needs, then a move to a residential aged care home can provide support for older, frail people. Residential or aged care facilities are specialist facilities that cater for people with either high (nursing home) or low (hostel) care needs and provide accommodation, personal and nursing care and social activities for residents.
The Aged Care Branch publishes a broad range of documents each year ranging from research into age related health issues, program guidelines and policies, to health and wellbeing advice and service brochures. All of these publications are available to be downloaded through the specific subject areas of this site or via the publications section of this website.