Here is a guide to what residential aged care is, the benefits it provides and some telltale signs that suggest it should be considered for someone you love.
As the age of Australia's population has increased, so too has the prominence of government-supported and private care services. The capacity of the residential aged care sector expanded from 167,000 places to 201,000 in just 10 years according to the Institute of Health and Welfare (IHW). This increase offers more options to those people who might benefit from access to the daily care and lifestyle support provided by a residential aged care environment.
Residential aged care services are subsidised by the Commonwealth Government to provide a dedicated environment for those who can no longer have their care needs met at home. Residential aged care can be a long-term move for individuals who need ongoing access to healthcare or can no longer manage the day-to-day requirements of living at home. This service is also offered on a temporary basis as residential respite to provide a break for in-home carers.
Residential facilities employ nursing staff and specialist personnel to support the physical and emotional wellbeing of residents. Alongside basic healthcare services, many aged care homes also support individuals in need of dementia care and palliative care.
But the benefits of residential aged care facilities go beyond improved care options - homes also offer a range of activities and programs to encourage improved social life for residents. These factors have led to a 17 per cent rise in the number of Australians living permanently in dedicated residential care facilities between 2007-2017 according to IHW data.
Moving away from home can be a tough transition - but with the right care provider, making the move to a residential care home can be a worthwhile choice for everyone involved! Here are some of the benefits of a switch to residential aged care:
It can be difficult determining if the one you love needs to adapt their care situation. However, there are telltale signs that an individual may need a change suited to their care needs and lifestyle:
Anglicare's residential aged care facilities offer all the support needed. Our homes provide dedicated services for all levels of care, including dementia and palliative care.
Additionally, we understand that every individual has different social and personal needs - which makes creating a homelike environment one of our main priorities. That's why we offer residential options across Sydney and Illawarra, and create a stimulating social program for each resident that includes a range of activities to suit all lifestyles and interests.
And the core value that unites our residential aged care service options? That every resident feels safe, is valued, and treated with dignity and respect. We work with the needs of our residents and their families to make the care experience as pleasant as possible. To begin the conversation about a move to residential aged care, contact the Anglicare team today!