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With so many nursing homes in Sydney to choose from, finding the right one can feel overwhelming. First, you need to find one that meets all of your requirements and then it needs to have availability. This guide will help you narrow down your search and find a nursing home that is still taking admissions.

Need to find out which Sydney nursing homes are currently taking admissions?

Once you have completed an aged care assessment, the first step is to check which Sydney nursing homes currently have availability. From there, you can use your list of requirements to narrow the search further. This saves time by ensuring your final choice has a placement available for you. There are two ways to find vacancies: researching online and making calls yourself or using an aged care placement service.

Researching nursing homes in Sydney

The DIY approach takes a lot of time and effort, so it may not suit those with a busy schedule. It also can prove to be quite a confusing an overwhelming process. If you decide to try this route, the first step is to check which Sydney nursing homes are nearby. You can do that through the government site, My Aged Care, which lets you search by various requirements, like location, care type, cultural background and availability. 

Once you have a list of potential nursing homes, you can start researching each one to determine which is the best choice for you. This involves online research, finding reviews, conducting phone interviews, organising tours and more. Thorough research is as important as the research you do when you’re house hunting – this is your next home, after all. A positive aged care experience starts with finding a place that feels like home, with comfortable surroundings and a supportive and friendly nursing team. The process can become quite frustrating when you are unable to find a suitable nursing home quickly.

Using a Sydney aged care placement service

If you choose to use a placement service, a team of aged care specialists will help you find the right nursing home for you. It saves you both time and effort because they do the work for you. A placement service will work to first understand your requirements and then supply a list of suitable nursing homes in your area. Your tailored list will only include Sydney nursing homes with availability, so you can be confident that you will secure a place.

 To start the process, simply share your care needs and budget with your placement service, and they will take care of the rest. Your aged care decisiions placement team is there to support you right through the process by answering your questions, giving advice and sharing intimate knowledge about any potential nursing homes. They shorten the process by matching your needs with a nursing home that feels right.

 Aged Care Decisions is a completely free placement service. The Aged Care Decisions team wants your journey to be a positive one, so we take care of you right through the process. We use our specialised knowledge to find you a vacancy at a Sydney nursing home that fulfills all of your unique criteria. Complete our simple form and receive your tailored list of nursing home vacancies or call us on 1300 775 870.

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How do I know which Sydney nursing homes are suitable?

Before you decide whether to use a placement service or conduct your own research, you need to determine what you’re looking for in a Sydney nursing home. Asking yourself some key questions can help determine your requirements:

  • Where do I want to live?
  • What type of support do I require for my specific care needs?
  • How much independence would I like to have?
  • What level of social connection would I prefer?
  • Do I have any cultural or religious preferences to consider?


For some, where they live isn’t as important as their other requirements, like care type or social connection. However, if you have loved ones who plan to visit you or places you would like to visit regularly, it’s a good idea to choose a nursing home nearby. That way, your loved ones will find it easier to visit more often and you will have more opportunities for day trips to the places you enjoy.

 Moving into a nursing home usually involves changes to your daily lifestyle. Finding a home near important people and places can help your transition by bringing important aspects of your life into the nursing home environment.

Care Needs

Your new nursing home should cater for your specific care needs. Everyone has different care needs and nursing homes differ in their specialist skills. Finding a match is vital to ensure you receive the care you need.


Maintaining a certain level of independence is important to many nursing home residents. Some nursing homes focus on supporting independence as much as possible for all residents so, if this is important, you should prioritise this in your search for a Sydney nursing home. If, after asking questions and completing a tour, you’re still unsure whether you will have the independence you desire, you can book a short-term respite care visit. This will allow you to stay for a week to see if the nursing home meets your needs. 

Social connection

Social connection is an important part of aged care. Some Sydney nursing homes make social connection a priority by offering lots of social activities for residents. Your nursing home tour guide should be able to provide an itinerary of activities or introduce you to the in-house lifestyle coordinator.

Culture and religion

Your cultural and religious preferences are an important part of your daily life, so it’s crucial to ensure your chosen nursing home caters for these. Sharing your preferences with your placement team will help them find you the right nursing home.

 The Aged Care Decisions team knows that meeting your requirements is the key to finding a nursing home that feels like home. They work closely with over 75% of aged care providers in metro areas throughout Australia and can find one that’s right for you. Read more about our free placement service here or call us on 1300 775 870.

How are nursing homes in Sydney handling COVID-19 lockdowns?

After more than a year of various COVID-19 lockdowns, nursing homes in Sydney have adapted their lockdown procedures. Their first priority is to comply with government restrictions to keep every resident safe and healthy.

 During a lockdown, it’s typical for nursing homes to stop doing tours and cancel visitation for the period of the lockdown. However, some nursing homes are offering virtual tours during this time. Some even allow tours with a negative Covid test or full PPE. Each nursing home is free to choose how they handle admissions during a COVID-19 lockdown, so it is still possible to find a nursing home in Sydney during lockdown.

 If you are concerned about how a potential nursing home handles COVID-19, you could ask to see their COVID-19 plan. That way, you will know ahead of time what to expect in and out of lockdown. The Aged Care Decisions team is available to answer any questions about your chosen nursing home or share a list of local COVID-safe nursing homes tailored to you. 

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

All Sydney nursing homes must have an influenza vaccination program in place to meet current government legislation. The aim is to ensure all aged care residents are protected from potential severe complications related to the flu. However, as an aged care resident, you are free to refuse a flu shot if you have a medical exemption.

 Aged Care Decisions offers a 100% free placement service to support you in the search for your next long-term home. We are aware of current vacancies in Sydney nursing homes and can match your needs to a home that works for you. 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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