Aged persons mental health (APMH) services provide specialist residential care for older people with a mental illness who cannot live at home or be managed in mainstream aged care residential services.

APMH nursing homes and hostels provide accommodation, ongoing assessment, treatment and rehabilitation as a transition to mainstream residential care.

Nursing homes treat older people with a mental illness (typically for a period of 12 to 18 months), with the aim of reintegrating them with mainstream aged care residential services.

Hostels provide accommodation and support for daily living for older people who cannot live at home, but require a period of specialist support.  These clients do not need full nursing care.

These services are not available in all catchments.