My Aged Care
My Aged Care
My Aged Care is the starting point to access aged care services and information about:
- The different types of aged care services available
- Your eligibility for services
- Referrals to service providers that can meet your needs
- Your contribution to the cost of your aged care
For more information visit www.myagedcare.gov.au or call 1800 200 422 (phone line open weekdays 8am to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm. Closed Sundays and public holidays).
How to access services
Call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422
- You will be asked questions over the phone to help work out your needs and care arrangements. This takes at least 10 minutes.
- You will need your Medicare card
- If you’re calling for someone else, they will need to give their consent.
Have a face-to-face assessment
- My Aged Care may arrange for a trained assessor to come to your home.
- With your consent, they will assess your care needs and eligibility for services and work with you to develop a support plan which addresses your needs, goals and preferences.
- Someone else can be with you during this visit.
Find out about costs
My Aged Care and service providers can give you information about costs. You will be told if you need a financial assessment.
- The service finder on the My Aged Care website can help you locate and compare some services in your area.
- Your assessor and My Aged Care can also help you find a service provider(s) in your local area that meets your needs.
Care at home
My Aged Care can help you access services at home which can improve your wellbeing and help you stay independent. Receiving help with regular activities at the right time can help you manage better at home. You may be eligible to receive services such as:
- Personal care, such as helping to get dressed
- Modifications to your home such as rails or ramps
- Nursing, physiotherapy and other care
- Household jobs like cleaning or gardening
- Equipment such as walking frames
- Social activities
My Aged Care can also help you access short-term care services for situations such as:
- Recovery from an accident or illness, including after a hospital stay
- When you have had a setback and want to get your independence back
- When you or your carer needs a break (respite care)
Care in an aged care home
If you find you need ongoing help with day-to-day tasks or health care, a residential aged care home lets you live in a supported environment where help is available 24 hours a day.
Eligibility for services
A call to My Aged Care can help you understand:
- What services may be available
- How much they cost
- How you can access them
My Aged Care may arrange a face-to-face assessment of your care needs.
Who pays for services?
The Australian Government contributes to the cost of aged care services. You are expected to contribute to the cost if you can afford to. How much you pay may depend on:
- Your financial situation
- The number and types of services you receive
- The service provider
Call 1800 200 422 (phone line open weekdays 8am to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm. Closed Sundays and public holidays).