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Aged Care Glossary

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Level of care

Before a person is eligible to move into a Government-subsidised aged care home they must be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) as needing either high-level (nursing home) care or low-level (hostel) care. 'Level of care' refers to this high-level or low-level care.

Live-in setting

'Live-in' setting refers to facility based accommodation with a more home-like, less institutional feel and with space available for therapy. This setting can be part of an existing aged care home or health facility, for example a separate wing of a hospital.

Living Will / Advance health directive

A living will or advance health directive is a document which records your wishes and preferences for your comfort, dignity and treatment during critical and terminal illness. Living wills or advance health directives are called different things across states and territories.

Low intensity therapy

Low intensity therapy improves or maintains your physical and mental abilities so you can continue to take part in daily living activities. Examples of low intensity therapy are occupational therapy, physiotherapy and social work.