Moving in to an aged care home

Moving into a care home
We understand that choosing the right care home is an important decision, which is why we’ve made life in our care homes as unique as our residents. We tailor our care around your needs, everything from the meals you like, activities you enjoy and your preferred bedtime.

Moving into your new home

  • As with any house move, it’s important to let family and friends know that you have moved and give them your new address. You may also need to contact:

    • Healthcare providers
    • GP
    • Dentist
    • Optician
    • Service providers
    • Gas or electricity companies
    • Banks
    • Pension providers
    • Water board
    • Australia Post
  • We want you to feel as at home as possible in your new surroundings, which is why we recommend you bring personal items such as ornaments, pictures or books to decorate your room. You may also want to bring:

    • Furniture – space permitting, you are welcome to bring small items. Have a chat with the care home manager before you move in to check if it will fit first.
    • Clothing – each of our care homes has a laundry service. Some of our homes also have laundry facilities which you are welcome to use. Some suggestions for what to bring include; day time clothing, night clothes, a dressing gown, slippers, socks or stockings, underwear and a coat or jacket.
    • Electrical appliances – you are welcome to bring your own TV (some care homes may have TVs supplied already) for your room and other electrical appliances too. For your own safety we will make sure these items are fully tested. All of our rooms are heated so there’s no need to worry about bringing heaters.
    • Mobility aids – if you have your own wheelchair we’re happy for you to bring it with you. Some Primary Care Trusts supply wheelchairs to people who need them. Mobile scooters aren’t practical to use inside our homes, please speak to the care home manager about storing scooters.
    • Pets – some of our care homes allow pets. Check with the home’s manager if you would like to bring a pet when you move in. A number of our homes also welcome in animals as part of ‘Pets as Therapy’ activities.
  • When you first arrive, you’ll meet your key carer who will give you a guided tour of your new home. They will tell you about meal times and activities and introduce you to some of the other residents and members of our team.

    Once you have unpacked and settled in, our team will spend time getting to know you and show you how to use the 24-hour call system should you need assistance any time of the day and night.

    Our night duty team will have already been told what time you like to go to bed and wake up, so you can relax and take time to get to know your new home.

  • The health and care of our residents is our reason for being; that’s why we put the person first in everything we do. We believe it’s important to embrace the individuality of every resident. In doing this, we work with you and your family to get to know you and to ensure you get the right care and support in a safe and secure environment. This approach is especially important for people living with dementia. Soon after you move in, we put together a personal care plan based on your ‘map of life’ and we will ask you about things like:

    • Personal routines
    • General likes and dislikes
    • Favourite activities, interests and hobbies
    • How you’d like to be helped by the care team on a day-to-day basis What you like to eat and drink
    • Your sleep pattern
  • As you would do at home, we recommend that you organise personal belongings insurance so any items of value are covered.
  • When you move into one of Bupa's care homes, you won't lose your right to privacy and dignity. Your confidentiality will be respected in all matters. Additionally, all of our care homes have a private area where residents can entertain family, friends and carers.
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