What to expect when moving into residential aged care

    From the Australian Government My Aged Care resources.

    Deciding to move into an aged care home is often a time of stress, high emotion, a longing for the past and uncertainty about the future. It is a challenging and emotional decision of the person moving and their family, friends and carers.

    Residential aged care is for older people who for a variety of reasons can no longer live at home. Those reasons can include illness, disability, bereavement, an emergency, the changing needs of their carer, family or friends, or because it is no longer possible to manage at home without help.

    Living or staying in an aged care home is all about making sure that you receive the care you need, whether you just need help with day to day tasks, assistance with personal care, or 24-hour nursing care.

    At Churches of Christ Care we offer individualised care options across our residential aged care services to meet the individual needs of our residents.

    How to determine if you are eligible?

    If you are considering a move into residential aged care you will first need an assessment with a member of an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT, or ACAS in Victoria).

    An ACAT will assess your eligibility to enter into an aged care home, give you more information about homes in your area and help you access the care you require. After your assessment you will receive a letter to notify you if you have been approved for subsidised aged care services.

    Finding the right aged care home

    The best way to find a place that suits you is to visit a few different homes to find the one that best suits your care and social needs.

    Things you should consider include level of care provided, meal arrangements, meeting specific special needs, social and cultural activities, family and friend involvement, transport to visit shops etc, availability of allied health services, and additional costs.

    Life in Churches of Christ Care residential aged care service

    Residents at each of our 28 residential aged care services enjoy a variety of care and activities as part of their daily life. From diversional therapy, humour therapy, bus outings, iPad and social media training, interaction with local children, social clubs, men’s sheds and more.

    Churches of Christ Care residential aged care services are part of an integrated community model across all locations in Queensland and Victoria.

    Each of our residential aged care services is fully accredited by the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency.

    For more information about entering into residential aged care, visit the myagedcare.gov.au website.

    Posted March 31, 2015 in Lifestyle blog