The Benefits of Moving into an Aged Care Home
Weighing up the pros and cons of living in your own home as you age or moving into an aged care facility can be a challenging task.
Whilst choosing to stay in the comfort of somewhere familiar can at times seem to be the easier choice, moving into aged care – such as one of Japara’s 44 facilities across Australia – does have a long list of worthwhile benefits:
As your needs change, your care changes:
It isn’t always feasible to rely on neighbours, family and friends as your needs change over time, particularly if they work or aren’t situated nearby when you need them. If you’re living in an aged care facility, the staff onsite are able to effectively monitor your health over time and adapt your level of care if and when your needs change. Additionally, aged care facilities can ensure you have access to the services, equipment, medication and any specialist care you require to be at your best.
Receive support for day-to-day tasks:
Living in aged care can relieve you of tasks such as household maintenance, gardening and cooking, cleaning and even laundry! Regarding meals – when you move into the facility, you can dictate any dietary requirements, likes and dislikes so staff can cater accordingly. Meals are prepared for you to take a load off your plate and menus are planned often in consultation with a dietician for nutritionally balanced, healthy dishes.
Meet new people:
Living in aged care can give your social life a makeover and introduce you to other likeminded people. If you had previously been living alone or found yourself physically isolated from family and friends, you will love the social side of living in aged care. Facilities offer regular social events and scheduled activities for those who wish to get involved, plus you’ll naturally meet others with many new neighbours, roommates (if you choose to share a room for extra company) and in communal spaces throughout the building. You will be sure to make many new friends in no time.
Regular entertainment, excursions and activities:
Onsite and offsite activities are provided based on resident input and interests to entertain, stimulate and ensure an enjoyable care experience. Facilities often have dedicated ‘lifestyle staff’ that manages these extracurricular (and entirely optional) programs for residents. Suggestions on the types of excursions and activities residents would like to experience are highly encouraged.
Assistance from trained and qualified professionals:
If you live in an aged care facility you will receive care from trained and qualified professionals who specialise in the needs of seniors. For those who are able to live independently and require low level care, you can have peace of mind that assistance is nearby if need be, and for those requiring a higher level of care, help is on hand 24/7 for your health and comfort.
Medical and health services:
Should you require medical care while living in aged care, help is never far away. If you live at home however, you may need to rely on family, friends and neighbours if you fall ill and are unable to get yourself from A to B to see a medical professional. Aged care facilities can help you to manage regular medical appointments with existing service providers, obtain prescribed medication, recommend specialists and even arrange visits onsite if residents require it. This could include anything from group and one on one physiotherapy sessions, podiatry services and consultations with a dietician. Moving into an aged care facility can take the stress out of managing your healthcare.
For more information on Japara, our range of word-class aged care facilities and our high quality aged care services, please visit us at japara.com.au or call us today on (03) 9649 2100 for a friendly chat with one our staff.