Housing and Care Options for Older People

Over 55's Housing

The WA State Government provides information on housing options for over 55’s. To find out more you can:

Home and Community Care (HACC)

The Home and Community Care (HACC) program provides basic support services to eligible older people with a disability and their carers, to assist them to continue to live independently at home.

To receive HACC services, an assessment must be gained from the Regional Assessment Team (RAS).

To start the assessment process you can:

Home Care Packages

The Home Care Package program provides the next level of support, if and when HACC support is no longer meeting your needs. This service provides seniors or people with a disability with higher level needs, requiring care coordination and case management to assist independent living.

For more information or an assessment you can:

  • Visit the website: My Aged Care; or
  • Call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422

Accommodation – Independent Living Support Services

There are a range of housing options available for people who are able to live independently and look after themselves, with some low level of support.

These homes are generally smaller than family homes and are easier to maintain. Some are located in retirement villages with a range of additional services.

Find out more through our Senior Services Directory.

Residential Care

Residential care is for those who wish to stay in a residential setting rather than their own home or family home. There are various residential care options available depending on the needs of the individual.

To access residential care you must be referred to an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) by your GP.

To start the assessment process you can:

  • Visit the website: My Aged Care; or
  • Call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.

The Housing Decisions Toolkit for Older People

Are you an older person who needs to do something about your home? Not sure of which way to go?

Our new brochure will help you make sense of your options.

Follow the simple three-step process:

Step 1 - Read the Seniors Housing Advisory Centre’s Your Home: A guide to housing options for the over 55s booklet.

Step 2 - List your housing “must haves”

Step 3 - Fill out our Housing Decisions Toolkit. Download an e-version from this page. You can also pick up a printed copy from the City of Melville Civic Centre, or one of our community centres.

Once you’re finished, you’ll have all your options in front of you, on one page. The perfect format for a decision, or for further discussion. Best of luck!

Video Tutorial: How to use the Toolkit

Keen to make a start?

Watch the tutorial for how to use the Housing Decisions Toolkit.

Useful links for Older People interested in their housing options

There’s plenty these folks can help you with. Check out the Your Home: A guide to housing options for people over 55 booklet for a sense of what they can do. If you’re still feeling lost about your options, it may be best to get in touch with these good people for a one-on-one chat.

Our planners can tell you if your property is right for subdivision, suitable for a granny flat. We also offer limited advice on making your home more liveable with Universal Design.

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