How to transition to residential aged care
Over the years, the Aged Care Decisions team has spoken to thousands of families making the decision to place into aged care. From these conversations, we have learnt how to transition to residential aged care positively. If you are currently going through the process, here are some suggestions for you to consider:
Acknowledge concerns through open conversation
When talking about the possibility of moving into aged care with a loved one, it is important to acknowledge their concerns, so they feel their thoughts on the matter have been properly taken into account. Offer reassurance and try to find out the main reasons for them being hesitant about moving into an aged care facility. This approach helps ensure you have an open and respectful conversation about the transition to aged care.
Set your mind at ease by thoroughly researching your options
A common concern for potential residents is that they won’t be cared for properly. Doing your research before choosing an aged care home is vital to understanding the experience others have had. Making informed decisions from the experiences of other families can be a good way to make mum or dad more comfortable with the decision to move into aged care. You can find reviews on Australia’s largest aged care review site – agedcarereviews.com.au.
Every aged care facility is different, so try touring more than one
Taking a tour of an aged care facility is an easy, no-obligation way to gain greater insight into what life might be like in an aged care home. It is also very important to remember that just because one facility isn’t the right fit, doesn’t mean the next one won’t be.
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Take a checklist to your tours to easily compare them
When touring different aged care facilities, we suggest having a clear idea in mind of what your priorities are. Ask the same questions and keep an eye out for the same set of criteria at each tour you conduct. To get you started, you can download our free tour checklist.
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Consider using a respite stay as a trial period
It is very common for families to use respite as a trial period. A respite stay can help ease a loved one into the idea of aged care and will give them a more accurate idea of the lifestyle within the facility.
Although aged care is not for everyone, there are some common indicators that the person you care for may benefit from moving into aged care.
- difficulties moving around (risk of falling)
- incontinence problems
- wandering behaviour
- difficulties in thinking, planning and remembering
Placing a loved one into aged care is a hard decision for everyone involved. However, if the decision does have to made, surround yourself with the right support and guidance to make the placement journey as stress free as possible. To take this first step in your aged care journey, please give us a call on 1300 775 870 or fill out this form and we will get in touch with you.