Elderly Australians sometimes find it hard to accept that one day they will have to leave their home. They do not like the idea of going into unfamiliar surroundings, such as an Aged Care Facility With a variety of products and services now available to assist people in the home, it is more likely that people will have the ability to remain in their homes for longer. The following are things to consider when deciding on residential care versus home care.
Factors to consider:
- Are they living in an area that is easily accessible if they need help? Are they able to go to a medical appointment or the shops safely and in a reasonable amount of time?
- Are their family and friends local? Do they help out often?
- Can they still get out and about?
- What about their health? Will it deteriorate over time and become chronic? Will they be able to cope in the future?
- How is their mobility around the house? Do areas need to be modified; bathroom grab rails, ramps to minimize stairs, or fit a bathroom downstairs.
- Does the house require extensive maintenance due to age?
- What is more financially viable.
- Are they happier at home.
If you are still undecided about which way to go, it may be beneficial to talk to both some Home Care Agencies and some Residential Care Facilities regarding what they offer and the costs involved.