TIPS FOR CHOOS­ING AGED CARE

Western Suburbs Weekly - - The Next Step -

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.

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