Plan ahead for aged care needs

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Ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Health and Wel­fare, the aver­age life­span in Aus­tralia has in­creased from 70 years in 1960 to 82 years in 2016.

Aveo head of care Dar­ren Son­ter said that, cou­pled with more than 22 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion ex­pected to be aged over 65 within the next 40 years, meant the in­dus­try was chang­ing to meet lifestyle de­mand.

“It is no longer just about aged care; it’s about choos­ing a lifestyle at the be­gin­ning of re­tire­ment that al­lows se­niors to ‘age in place’ and pro­vide a com­mu­nity for life,” he said.

“In­creas­ingly re­tirees are look­ing for op­tions that al­low them to ac­cess dif­fer­ent lev­els of care if and when they are nec­es­sary.

“The res­i­dent is em­pow­ered to choose how and when their care is de­liv­ered en­sur­ing free­dom of choice and in­de­pen­dence whilst re­main­ing within the com­mu­ni­ties they love.”

Aveo Du­rack Aged Care reg­is­tered nurse Chris­tine Tronc said the Du­rack com­mu­nity was not just a res­i­den­tial area for el­derly res­i­dents to live, it was their home.

“Aveo Du­rack Aged Care has a huge range of ser­vices on­site to en­sure res­i­dents are cared for with­out the in­con­ve­nience of trav­el­ling out­side the com­mu­nity, giv­ing fam­ily and rel­a­tives peace of mind,” Ms Tronc said.

Aveo Free­dom Tanah Merah in­dus­try li­ai­son clin­i­cian Kirsten Lana­gan said their fa­cil­ity of­fered res­i­dents a lot of choices.

“Res­i­dents at Aveo Free­dom Tanah Merah live in a com­mu­nity within their own self­con­tained home and are en­cour­aged to get in­volved with daily ac­tiv­i­ties,’’ she said.

“The na­ture of the re­tire­ment com­mu­nity en­sures res­i­dents are not pres­sured to lo­cate else­where when their care needs change.’’

Ex­am­ples of re­tire­ment fa­cil­i­ties where lifestyle and in­de­pen­dence choices are para­mount are Aveo Du­rack Aged Care and Free­dom Tanah Merah (right).

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