There are many different types of aged care placement options to cater to a variety of physical and emotional needs.
When it comes to aged care, not all facilities are created equal. Some facilities may combine mainstream care with dementia care, and others may have separate wings. There are types of specialist care that offer memory support for residents that exhibit certain behaviours or are at risk of absconding. There are homes that offer respite in any available room and some homes that only accept a high level respite approval.
So how do you know which type of care is right for your family?
First, you must ask: what level of care does your loved one require?
Perhaps they need round-the-clock care in case of falls, confusion or for clinical care. They might need physical assistance, like showering and getting in and out of bed. Or, they might only need minimal care, but require greater socialization with someone checking in every so often to see how they’re doing. Whatever the level of care each one of these requires an assessment from the aged care assessment team. They will come to your home and assess the level of care needed and provide referrals to optional services.
The five most common types of care are:
- Home Care Package – Home care is where certain services are provided to you whilst living in your home. The amount of care and service will depend on the level of your package determined by the assessor based on your needs. Bearing in mind the highest level on a home care package is level 4 which will only provide a maximum of approximately 12 hrs of services per week. The type of services available and the cost of them will be determined by your means and the provider.
- Residential Respite – This is periodic care, offered to individuals, where carers or family need a break or are unavailable for a short period of time. Respite care may also be offered to individuals following a hospital admission to give them additional support during recovery. This form of care is temporary, with the resident returning home. 63 days of Respite care is available per year, but most facilities will only accept respite in 2 week blocks. It is a short-term care option, not long-term care.
- Permanent Residential Care – This is one of the most well-known types of aged care. It is often referred to as Aged Care, Seniors Care or ‘Nursing Home’. Residential care is a standard care facility that caters to aged residents who may need assistance due to an illness or disability requiring extra assistance. It offers ageing in place, meaning, you don’t have to change rooms as your care needs increase. Residential care facilities offer 24hr registered nursing staff, medical endorsed nurses as well as personal carers. They provide assistance for all care needs and everything is provided in terms of cooking, cleaning, laundry and so on.
- Specialist Dementia Care – This type of care is for diagnosed conditions, such as certain types of Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Memory support or dementia specific units are designed to provide a secure environment and optimal care for residents who have been assessed and require round-the-clock management of particular behaviours. Just because your loved one has a diagnosis of dementia, does not mean he or she will require a secured unit.
- Palliative Care – End of life care (also known as palliative care) is specialised care for residents who are not expected to recover from their illness and have been classed as ‘terminal’. This type of care is an essential part of health care for our loved ones. The emphasis is on creating comfort and 24/7 care, offering a sense of dignity for the resident in the time remaining with their family. Most facilities will offer palliative care.
Knowing what level or option of care is required is a decision best made by discussion with family and medical professionals. Sometimes what we want for our loved ones isn’t the same as what they need. They could require a greater level of care than they understand or are ready to admit. Treat these conversations with care, be ready to listen and speak openly and honestly.
Well Placed Care assists families in discussing and choosing appropriate care for their loved ones as they begin their next adventure in life. Deciding what care is suitable, in the right area, within the right price range, and with all the desired amenities can be a huge task. Then there is the question of availability of a room and whether your loved one meets their criteria. Let us help you with that task so you can focus on spending time with your family.
If you require any assistance with determining the best care for your loved one, contact me and we can arrange a consultation. We will consider all aspects including level of care, location, price, facilities and more.
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