Jun 08, 2016

3 Traps to Avoid When Moving Into Residential Aged Care

The transition to aged care can be a very challenging time, whether you’re moving in yourself or you’re helping a loved one to. The system is complex and can be overwhelming.

Here are Care Guidance’s top 3 tips to avoid trouble as you navigate your way through to age care.

All that glitters is not gold

It’s an old adage that still rings true, and when we’re talking about aged care, what we’re really saying is to look beyond the aesthetics of a potential home. This is important because bricks and mortar are just one consideration of what makes a good home. Many new aged care facilities positively gleam with their stunning architecture and delightful décor. But make sure you scratch the surface a bit, because the amenities of a facility are only one element of what will make you happy and content in your new home. You need to think about the other residents, the staff, the meals, the activity schedule, the allied health services just to name a few. These are the sorts of considerations that we must consider just as closely as we do the look and feel of a home.

Parking is essential

It may seem like a small thing, but the ease of car parking at your new home could have a significant impact on your family and friends when they come to visit. If car parking is difficult, it may deter your son or daughter from dropping by for a quick visit after work, for example. If the facility is on a busy road with not much on-site parking and restrictive on-street parking options, it will be harder for your loved ones to visit and spend quality time with you.

The RAD is negotiable

You may be scared off by the advertised price of the rooms in a facility you like. But don’t assume that the price on their website is their final offer. Always start a conversation with the facility manager about your financial situation and what you can afford. Aged care providers like to try to accommodate residents wherever possible, and you may be surprised at what discounts they may be willing to offer you. The same goes for the rate of advertised extra services fees or additional services fees.

Are there any tips you can share from your experience either personally or professionally about moving into aged care? Our community would love to hear from you.

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