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Mellowed by Age, Zestful like the Young

Rarely can it be easy to move a loved family member into aged care Sydney. Having to take that decision can be painful and scary – for the elderly and for the young. Moving into aged care Sydney can be difficult to get used to for an elderly person. As you grow older, your ability to adapt quickly to your environment becomes increasingly difficult. Hence, adjusting to life in retirement villages NSW, can take a fair amount of time and effort. Besides, getting used to a new environment with strangers will be challenging.

For the younger folk, the decision can be equally daunting. In many cases, people face difficulties in coping with feelings of sadness, guilt and even, regret. After all, you are moving a loved one from the familiar and secure environs of your home to a care resprite. You may have adored your elderly family member and lavished them with care and affection. However, would strangers in retirement villages NSW be able to provide the same level of care?

Most Australian agecare homes receive funds and accreditations from the Federal Government. Religious organisations, the state or local governments or even private enterprises usually run and manage these facilities. These residential aged care homes will generally provide two levels of care. These include:

  •  High-level care, such as those provided by nursing homes etc. The elderly who do not have the ability to look after themselves physically require high-level care. This could be because of suffering from some debilitating disorder like dementia etc. Hence, they need constant nursing and care.
  •  Low-level care, such as those provided by hostels etc. Elderly people who require varying levels of help and assistance come under this category. For the most part, these people will be able to move about without any assistance. However, they might require some help when they eat, dress or bathe.

In some instances, the elderly might not need such extensive levels of care as they can manage on their own. You could consider checking out retirement villages or independent living units, in these cases.

Residential Gardens (Rooty Hill, NSW) commemorates its twentieth year as a premier Spanish specific residential aged care facility this year. In these years, it has emerged with an unbeatable reputation in terms of hospitality and care. Our superior level of hospitality, coupled with a good accommodation facility and impeccable services have enhanced our stature in the domain. In our experience, leaving an elderly family member at an age care facility has invariably been difficult for all concerned. However, it need not be so.

When you consider looking for an age care facility, check the following points.

  •  The location of the facility: It should be somewhere nearby your home so that you can keep visiting frequently
  •  The atmosphere: Do you find the place pleasant and relaxed? Does it look clean and well maintained?
  •  The openness: Does it appear like a medieval fortress or can you visit some of the rooms for seeing the conditions?
  •  The staff: Do they appear patient, courteous and friendly?
  •  The other residents: Do they appear happy? How do they interact with the staff?

Although these factors remain mere tips of the iceberg, they can provide several pointers about the feasibility of the facility. A quick comparison can help you zero down on the age care home that best meets your needs.

Eventually, looking after an elderly family member poses its own difficulties. With most adults out for long periods at the workplace, the elderly remain unattended. Advancement in age will usually leave people frail and susceptible to injuries or illnesses. Therefore, if an unattended elderly family member suffers an accidental fall or an injury, the guilt and pain can be even greater. The elderly do not need sympathy or a false sense of concern. They do however, need respect, proper care and attention. At Residential Gardens, this is precisely what we have been doing for two decades now.