5 simple steps to plan for aged care before it’s too late

It’s not something we like to think about, however the hard truth is that most of us will need some form of care once we reach our golden years.

Many wait until they or their loved one requires care, only to find it a difficult process to navigate.

There is however steps that you can take now to better prepare yourself.

1. Educate yourself
Sterile white nursing homes are a thing of the past. Today, nursing homes have evolved. Striving to create a more positive patient experience, from environment to quality of care, the nursing homes of today are not your Grandmother’s nursing home.

There are also several care options now available depending on the level of care you require.

Study the different options available so when the time comes, you have an understanding of what might be best for you or your loved one.

2. Find out what is nearby
Research what care options are readily available in your area.

The My Aged Care website is a great place to start. Established by the Australian Government, it has been designed to help you navigate the aged care system.

Be sure to conduct your research carefully. Do not just rely on the internet. Once you have identified some providers, call and setup a tour or meeting to learn more first hand.

3. Plan for the cost now
The cost of care can vary depending on your needs and it is important to understand options in financing your care.

The My Aged Care website provides detailed information on the financial and legal aspects you will need to consider:
Financial and legal information.
Finances and aged care financial advice.

4. Think about your care, make a plan and communicate this to your loved ones
While you are still capable of making your own decisions, consider your care wishes and share these with your loves so they can be honoured. It will help to give them peace of mind and prevent questions, confusion or disagreements.

5. Determine when it is time
Be on the lookout for early warning signs e.g. forgetting to pay bills, confusion is common, clothes are not being washed.

Recognising that we need care is difficult. Preparing now can help relieve some of the pressure and stress. That way, when the time comes, you can find peace of mind in knowing you’ve made the best decision for you or your loved one.

If you are still have questions, contact TriCare’s free, no obligation care placement service on (07) 3360 9011. Our Placement Co-ordinators can help guide you through the maze of residential aged care information and help you to understand your legal rights and financial options.

A new standard in residential aged care

With 47 years of experience in delivering accommodation and care for our elderly, TriCare’s newly constructed Sunnybank Hills Aged Residence was purpose built to provide residents with the latest in quality care in modern, well-appointed private suites.

Opened in April 2016 this accredited state of the art residence offers many unique elements that add to the refined yet welcoming feel.



Seating room

One of the many sitting rooms

Permanent residential care, short term respite, dementia care and palliative care is provided in premium, elegantly furnished private suites.

Boasting private ensuites, European designed and built furnishings, climate controlled air conditioning, built-in lockable cabinetry and more these sophisticated, architecturally designed suites set a new standard in residential aged care.

Premium, elegantly furnished private suites.

Premium, elegantly furnished private suites.

SBH Bathroom View 2

Private ensuites

The onsite chef prepares daily nutritious meals with menus shaped from resident and guest input for a varied dining experience in one of four dining rooms, private function room, or room service.

A valet laundry service is also provided to each resident.

Additional services such as a beauty salon, café, dental surgery and private dining room are available for residents and guests to enjoy.

Onsite cafe

Onsite cafe

Hairdressing salon

Beauty salon

Onsite dentist

Onsite dental surgery

TriCare are pleased to offer residents a flexible pricing model, with or without an Extra Service Fee.

Contact our FREE, no obligation Care Placement Service today on (07) 3360 9011 or via email to find out more.


How to talk to your parents about aged care

With the holiday season just around the corner, most of us are preparing to spend some time with our loved ones, and it during this time that we tend to notice a decline in the health of Mum or Dad.

One of the most difficult dilemmas we can face is how to overcome the discomfort that affect many families in trying convince Mum or Dad that aged care might be a good choice for them.

TriCare Placement Co-ordinator, Aleisha Becker said,

“Begin the conversations early while your parent’s health still allows them to fully participate and share their preferences. Choose a time and place for these conversations, include other family members and explore options together”.

With over 47 years’ experience, TriCare a family owned and operated company know that it can be difficult to understand what care and support is out there for Mum and Dad so are pleased to offer you a FREE, no obligation care placement service.

Aleisha said,

“Our Placement Co-ordinators can help guide you through the maze of resident aged care information. Tailored to your needs we ensure that you understand your legal rights and financial options, identify possible vacancies and take care of all the paperwork on your behalf should you choose to make the move into an Aged Care Facility.”


TriCare Kawana Waters Aged Care Residence – canal water views

TriCare’s Kawana Waters Aged Care Residence currently has 3 deluxe rooms available featuring a separate lounge/dining area, bedroom, walk in robe, ensuite and patio with canal views.

Located on the canal and only minutes from popular beaches, Kawana Waters Aged Care Residence is a single storey home with plenty of sunshine and natural light, water views and outdoor access to manicured lawns and gardens.


The residence provides a discerning home like environment with an emphasis on social interaction and activity to support individual independence secure in the knowledge qualified nursing care is on hand.


TriCare Kawana Waters Aged Care Residence – manicured lawns and gardens

For more information about Kawana Waters Aged Care Residence and other locations, contact the Care Placement Team on 07 3360 9011 or send a enquiry form.

Welcome to ‘Your Stories’

Welcome to TriCare’s blog ‘Your Stories’.

Your Stories is a collection of special moments shared at our TriCare Retirement Living Communities and Aged Care Residences.

  • Read stories from our residents as they share their experiences on retirement and residential aged care living with TriCare.
  • Hear from our staff and specialists as they provide you with practical and relevant advice on issues affecting you.
  • Stay up to date with the latest news and information across our Retirement Living Communities, Aged Care Residences and the industry.

These are stories just for you, about you or someone just like you, this is your story.