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Once you’ve decided to move into a nursing home, finding the right one can make all the difference to your aged care journey. When narrowing down your search to a few ideal nursing homes, you’ll also need to take into consideration availability. You may find you have your heart set on the perfect home only to discover they are not currently taking admissions. So how do you know which Australian nursing homes have placements available and how do you choose one?

Looking for Australian nursing homes but not sure who is currently taking admissions?


Before you delve into the ins and outs of each nursing home and whether they might meet your needs, it’s a good idea to check which Australian nursing homes are currently taking admissions. It will save you time in the long run because you can compile a list of potential places that already have a room available. If you find one you like, you can be confident they can offer you a placement.

You can find vacancies in two ways:

  1. Do your own research nursing homes in your area
  2. Use a free placement service


Researching nursing homes in Australia

Doing your own research takes a lot of time and effort but it is possible. My Aged Care is a government service that lists the details of nursing homes in Australia.

From here, the real work begins. You will need to research each place, read reviews, conduct phone interviews and organise viewings of any suitable homes. Finding the right place is crucial to a positive aged care experience because you are choosing your next long-term home. You need to feel comfortable and at ease with the environment and the people you will see on a daily basis, so careful research is essential. The process is similar to house-hunting in that it can drag on with home after home that are not  Quite what you are looking for.


Using an Australian placement service

Instead of doing it yourself, you can use a placement service that can do the work for you. A good placement service can provide a list of nursing homes that meet all of your requirements and have placements available. All you need to do is provide basic information about your budget and care needs.

But a placement service is more than that. The right placement team offers support throughout your entire aged care journey. They possess a wealth of information and advice to share, and they have intimate knowledge about each service on your tailored list. By learning about your needs, they can suggest a home that ticks all of your boxes, ensuring your next home is the perfect fit for you.

At Aged Care Decisions, our specialist team is passionate about finding you a vacancy in an Australian nursing home that meets your needs. Our service is completely free, so you can feel supported during this important stage of your life. Get in touch via our simple form and receive your tailored list of nursing home vacancies.


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How do I create a list of suitable Australian nursing homes?

Whether you choose to do your own research or use a placement service, it’s important to know your priorities and preferences when it comes to choosing a nursing home. These may include:

  • Location
  • Care needs they cater for
  • The level of independence you would like
  • The importance of social connection and activities
  • Cultural and religious preferences



This is often people’s number one priority, but may not matter as much to some. Consider whether there are people in your life you want to see often. Finding a place near their home may make it easier for them to pop in and visit. You might have places you enjoy visiting with family during the day and choose a nursing home in the same location.

Choosing a location near to people and places that are important to you can make the transition into a nursing home much smoother and more enjoyable.


Care Needs

Everyone’s care needs are unique, so it’s important to find a nursing home that can cater to your needs. Whether you have dementia or mobility issues, it is important to find a nursing home that caters for your specific needs.



Moving into a nursing home doesn’t necessarily mean giving up your independence. If you prefer to do as much as possible yourself, look for a nursing home that fosters independence in residents. You can ask during a tour and judge this for yourself or apply for short-term respite care to get a feel for the environment.


Social connection

If you value social connection, it’s important to find an Australian nursing home that offers plenty of activities and opportunities for social interaction. When touring a facility, you could ask to see a copy of their activities itinerary or even organise to meet the lifestyle coordinator.


Culture and religion

If you have cultural or religious preferences, these are important considerations when choosing a nursing home. Keep these things in mind when doing your research or share them with your aged care placement service.

The Aged Care Decisions team understands how important it is to find a nursing home that suits all of your requirements. They work closely with over 800 aged care facilities and can find one that’s right for you. Learn more about how we can help here or call us on 1300 775 870.


How are nursing homes in Australia responding to COVID-19 lockdowns?

At a time when COVID-19 is sending cities around Australia into lockdown, finding a nursing home can feel overwhelming. However, nursing homes in Australia are complying with COVID-19 lockdowns restrictions to ensure all residents are safe and healthy.

Nursing homes have adapted their policies and procedures to help guard against outbreaks whilst allowing life for residents and their visiting family and friends to go on as usual as possible.

During lockdowns, nursing homes have typically restricted tours; however, some are now taking the initiative by organising virtual tours, allowing tours if a negative covid test has been confirmed or allowing tours with increased PPE. Whether a nursing home is accepting admissions during lockdowns is up to each individual provider – some nursing homes have chosen to continue accepting admissions.

Before you choose a nursing home, ask about their COVID-19 plan so you have a good idea about what happens in and out of lockdown. The Aged Care Decisions team can help answer any questions about the nursing home you have in mind or provide you with a list of COVID-safe nursing homes in your area.


Do I have to have a flu shot to enter a nursing home in Australia?

Nursing homes in Australia are required to have a flu vaccination program in place; however, residents do have the right to refuse a flu shot with a medical exemption. The Australian Government put this legislation in place to protect elderly people because they are more at risk of severe complications from the flu.

Aged Care Decisions offers a 100% free placement service to help you find current vacancies in nursing homes that suit your needs. Call us for a chat on 1300 775 870 or complete our quick and easy form to get the process started.


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