Aged Care Placement and Senior Relocation
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Senior Moves - Aged Care Placement and Relocation Services

Residential Care Placement Checklist

Aged Care Placement Checklist

The following checklist may help you to decide which residential care home to choose.

First Impressions

  • Does the overall atmosphere appear friendly, safe and comfortable ?

  • Does it smell okay ?

  • Does it seem to be a comfortable temperature for all residents ?

  • Do the residents seem content ?

  • Do the residents seem happy with the way staff address them ?

  • Are residents treated with respect as well as in a friendly manner ?

  • Does there seem to be enough staff ?

  • Do the staff seem caring and attentive towards residents ?

  • Are there other people with similar care needs to yours ?


  • Will it be easy to see your family and friends ?

  • Is it easy to get to local shops, club, church or other places and events ?

  • Is there adequate transport to help you get where you want to go ?

The Premises

  • Can someone in a wheelchair move around easily ?

  • Is access difficult and safety an issue because there is more than one floor ?

  • Are there call-bells in the bedrooms, bathrooms and communal areas ?

  • Are rooms, stairs and corridors suitably lit ?

  • Is there a safe garden that residents can use ?

  • Are there smoke detectors and fire extinguishers ?

  • Are there security arrangements ?

  • Is the garden accessible to wheelchairs ?


  • Bedrooms - Can you have a single room if you want one ?

  • Are there rooms with their own bathroom and toilet en-suite ?

  • If you have to share a room can you meet the other person beforehand ?

  • Can you have a different room if you dont get on with the person ?

  • Are there screens in shared rooms to give privacy ?

  • Can you bring some of your own furniture and belongings ?

  • Can you lock your cupboard ?

  • Can you have your own TV in your room ?

  • Can you have a telephone installed in your room ?

  • Can you have air-conditioning installed ?

Bathroom / Toilets

  • Are toilets, baths and showers easy and private for residents to use ?

  • Is there a toilet within easy reach of your bedroom ?

  • Are there toilets within easy reach of all the communal rooms ?

Community Rooms

  • Is the furniture in the communal rooms arranged in a comfortable way ?

  • Is there a choice of lounges ?

  • Is there more than one TV room ?

  • Is there a quiet room with no TV ?

  • Are there non-smoking rooms ?

Day-to-Day Life

  • Are you comfortable with the house rules (eg. about smoking or pets) ?

  • Can you influence what happens in the aged care home ?

  • Is there an independent Residentsand Relatives group ?

  • Would there be a member of staff to take a special interest in your welfare ?

Domestic Arrangements

  • Can you get up and go to bed when you want to ?

  • Will your room be cleaned at least once a week ?

  • Will your bed be made for you ?

  • Can you help arround the aged care home if you want to ?

  • Is it possible to buy small items in the aged care home ?

  • Are daily papers and mail delivered ?

Language and Culture

  • Is there a staff member who can speak your language ?

  • Is there a policy of culturally appropriate care ?

  • Have the staff received cross cultural training ?

Personal Possessions

  • Is there a secure place where personal items and valuables can be kept ?

  • Does the home take responsibility for insuring your possessions ?


  • Can you have input to menus ?

  • Do the menus include foods which you like ?

  • Do the menus give you a choice of dishes ?

  • Do the menus seem to you to be balanced and nutritious ?

  • Can special diets be catered for ?

  • Can you have/make a snack when ever you want ?

  • Is it possible to have meals other than at set times ?

  • Can you have meals in your rooms ?

Leisure Time

  • Are social events and outings organised frequently ?

  • Will there be activities which interest you ?


  • Will you be able to practice your own religion ?

  • Are there regular visits by a practitioner from your religion ?


  • Can you have a telephone in your room ?

  • Is there a telephone without people overhearing what you are saying ?

  • Is there a telephone you can use which meets any special requirements ?


  • Can family and friends visit you without restriction ?

  • Are there places where you can spend time in private with your guests ?

  • Can visitors stay for a meal or even overnight ?

  • Can you make/offer your guests a drink or snack ?

Personal care

  • Can you have a say in the way you are looked after/helped ?

  • Is the personal care you need available ?

  • Can relatives or friends help you with personal care if you want them to ?

  • Does a hairdresser visit the aged care home ?

Health care

  • Will your health care needs be met ?

  • Can you keep the same doctor you have now ?

  • Will you have access to a doctor at all times if required ?

  • Is there a local doctor who accepts patients from the home ?

  • Does a doctor visit the aged care home regularly ?

  • Do other other health professionals visit the aged care home ?

  • If your care needs change can you continue to live at the home ?

How the Aged Care Home is Managed ?

  • Can you have a financial report for the aged care home ?

  • Who runs the aged care home ?

  • Are they the owner or the manager ?

  • How long have they been running the aged care home ?

  • Where can they be contacted ?

  • How many residents are there ?

  • How many care staff are on duty morning, afternoon, evening, at night ?

  • Are night staff awake or on call ?

  • What qualifications do the management and staff have achieved ?

  • What ongoing training do management and staff receive ?

  • Is the aged care home registered/certified/accredited ?

Terms and Conditions

  • What would be covered in your agreement ?

  • What are the facility guidelines, fees and costs ?

  • What does the daily fee cover ?

  • What services are included in your payment ?

  • What extra services do you pay for ?

  • When is the RAD payable ?

  • How much is the RAD ?

  • Are standard resident fees payable in advance or arrears ?

  • Are standard resident fees payable monthly

  • What happens if you run out of funds ?

  • How long a trial period of respite care can you have ?

  • What notice must be given if you want to leave the aged care home ?

  • In what circumstances might a resident be asked to leave ?

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