It’s often a hard decision to move your loved ones into an aged care facility, sometimes they just need assistance with the day-to-day activities and others may need assistance due to illness, a disability or an emergency.
If the decision is made for your loved one to move to aged care accommodation, you will then need to assess what sort of care (level and kind) would best suit yours or their needs.
There may be signs that the person you care for could benefit from moving into an aged care home, such as:
- significant difficulties with being able to move around
- significant incontinence problems
- challenging behaviour such as wandering
- significant problems with communicating
- difficulties in thinking, planning and remembering
There are many different options when deciding to set up your loved one in a new home as follows:
Low Care Facilities – ideal for ageing persons who need some help (bathing, dressing and other simple activities) but do not have any complex ongoing care needs.
High Care Facilities – High Care facilities would best suit people who need 24hr nursing care.
Ageing in Place – This kind of facilities provide both low and high-care services enabling a person to access a full range of services without having to relocate.
Specific Care Facilities – this sort of facility offers specialised services for conditions such as dementia, alzheimer’s, continence management and also for patients requiring palliative care.
Community Care – this type of facility provides both low or high care services for particular groups of people such as veterans, aboriginal or specific religious groups.
Retirement Villages – this consist of independent living units where aged care services are easily accessible within the neighbourhood and are regulated by state or territory governments.