Did you know that there are many different styles of nursing homes? You have a range of choices and you’ll probably find that one particular style will suit your loved one’s needs and personality more than some of the others.

Finding a Home that “feels like home” can make a huge difference to the wellbeing of your loved one. If you’re at the stage where you’re looking at Home for your loved one, their primary medical and daily living needs will certainly need to be met first, but it’s good to know that you do have several options when it comes to the look and feel of an Aged Care Home.

The 4 main types of Nursing Homes in Australia

1. Resort/Hotel style

This style of Aged Care Home aims to feel like a nice hotel or resort. These Homes typically have:

  • All the bells and whistles
  • Luxury services
  • Contemporary décor
  • Hotel style services

2. Hospital style

This type of Aged Care Home is probably the one that comes to mind when you think of residential aged care, or a “nursing home”. They feature:

  • Traditional style
  • Long corridors
  • Institutional / clinical
  • Onsite medical
  • Large open living/dining spaces

3. Home style

This style of Home aims to bring feelings of comfort and familiarity to older generations, where they are surrounded by décor that reminds them of their own lives. These types of Homes are quite common in Australia, particularly in more regional areas. You can expect:

  • Older style décor
  • Lots of wood and floral furnishings
  • Country gardens
  • Small home lounge and dining areas

4. Apartment/Unit style

Apartment style Homes are designed for residents who have low care needs and require some help but can mostly live independently. They are focused on shared living and community, often encouraging residents to cook meals together and welcoming family members and visitors to join in. They are popular in Europe and are gaining popularity in Australia, though still fairly uncommon. In an Apartment-style Aged Care Home, you’ll find:

  • Bedroom linked to a shared kitchen/ lounge area
  • Small number of residents live together with a ‘housemate’
  • Based on the European model
  • Encourages independence
  • Décor can vary from home to home

It’s important that the style of Aged Care Home you choose matches your loved one’s needs and preferences. If you’d like to find out more details about the different types of nursing homes, don’t hesitate to get in touch.