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Aged Care Considerations - 5 Alternatives to Traditional Retirement Homes

Moving parent, grandparents, relatives or close friends into a retirement home is a difficult decision. Some people feel like they’re giving up on their loved ones and the person being admitted can feel like a burden to those around them as a result. The impact of such a transition can feel daunting in many cases, but it doesn’t have to.


There are some fantastic retirement homes, communities and organisations out there, each with their own merits. What many people don’t realise, however, is that there are many alternatives to the traditional retirement home. These are very different to the image that springs to mind for many when we think of a ‘retirement home’.


Here, we take a look at some of the best alternatives to traditional retirement homes so you can make an informed decision when it comes to those you care about the most.


Home Care


Depending on the type of care you require, home care services can be a great alternative to checking into a retirement home. If you need help with day-to-day tasks such as laundry, cooking, cleaning the house or doing the shopping, home care can be a great choice.


Levels of home care can range from a few hours a week to a more comprehensive setup. Many people choose this option as your loved one maintains much of their independence and can continue to stay in the home they are comfortable with.

Community Services

There are a large number of active community services in operation across Australia, depending on where in the country you are based. Many of these organisations are volunteer orientated providing services such as transport, shopping, outings and even meal programs like Meals on Wheels.


In terms of cost, some services will require a small payment, while others may ask for a small donation. Groups offering community services do great work and can be of great assistance to those who need an extra hand.

Moving in With Relatives

If you’re considering moving your aged loved ones into your home, you’re not alone. A multi-generational home is not uncommon and can be of great benefit to both parties. You have immediate personal involvement in everything that happens once they move in and more often than not, the relationship and bond grows stronger.


If you have young children, they will spend more time with their grandparents or older relatives and will grow closer to them and improve their relationship as a result.

On the other hand, living together can be a difficult transition and may come with its share of frustrations and challenges. When you are all used to your own routines and habits, it can be difficult to adapt. It’s a good idea to discuss this arrangement objectively and see if it really will satisfy both the homeowner and the person who needs care.

Downsize and Move

Assisted living doesn’t have to mean a nursing home. Nowadays, there are plenty of different options that offer independence and social options for seniors. Downsizing your home and moving to a retirement village or age-restricted living community is a great option for those who feel like they have plenty of energy but want to be around more age-appropriate people.

Make the Best Choice for your Situation

When all is said and done, which option you choose for your loved one will depend on a number of different factors. Health, finances and independence top the list but there are other more personal elements that will also come into play. Every situation is different and should be treated a such.

Sit down with your family, discuss your options and find a solution that works for everyone. Decide together, commit to that decision together and ensure your loved one received the best aged care you can provide, whatever that may be.