TIPS FOR CHOOSING AGED CARE
WITH Australians increasingly living longer and healthier lives, it is important that as people age they know what to look for when it comes to aged care.
One of the first things to decide is between home care or residential care.
For some, moving into an aged care village or home is an exciting new chapter providing security and safety while offering opportunities to make new friends and enjoy the facilities on offer.
Others feel happier with the independence and familiarity of staying in their own home.
Another thing to decide on is the budget. This will then allow you to choose an organisation that fits you or your relative’s available funds.
Consider the individual needs of the person and ensure that the organisation can meet these.
Look at its list of facilities or services and make sure that they include everything the person needs to be comfortable, healthy and happy.
An important consideration for aged care homes and villages is their accessibility for friends and family; check whether there is public transport nearby or even whether non-residents are allowed to stay the night.
It is important that the person feels comfortable and trusts the people who will be caring for them.
Meet the carers who will be coming into the home beforehand and with residential care take a tour of the buildings and meet staff and other residents to ensure the person will feel happy and comfortable in their new home.
To improve the way that home care services are delivered to older Australians, the Government is introducing the Increasing Choice in Home Care reforms commencing Monday, February 27.
The reforms aim to support consumers to receive the services they need, as well as strengthening the aged care system to provide high-quality and innovative services through increased competition.
For information on these reforms, visit agedcare.health. gov.au.