Looking for a nursing home that not only meets all the physical needs of you or your family member, but also provides a safe space to feel comfortable and at home in can be daunting and stressful.
Australia is faced with a rapidly ageing population where there is a growing demand for a decent level of aged care facilities and services. When loved ones ask for information they are often given a piece of paper with a ‘shortlist’ of around 5 facilities to look at. Typically, there is no measure or testimony to help them choose the best one.
Nina*, a daughter whose mother had early onset dementia, found it very stressful when the hospital handed her a list of facilities to look over. The social workers in the hospital were not allowed to recommend one facility over another, which made the process even more difficult. She was feeling very overwhelmed and not overly supported.
Whilst this is common scenario, and hospitals are not obliged to provide any recommendations, it means there are a number of families in a similar position to Nina that are looking for insider information of peer recommendations to help a difficult decision a little easier.
Every aged care facility is different and booking a tour will allow you to see what type of care and assistance you can expect. Knowing the kind of accommodation, medical and frail care services and social activities they provide will go a long way to ensuring a quality lifestyle.
Everything you need to know about aged care homes throughout Australia – Aged Care Homes Australia.