As you grow older, you might find that you require additional levels of help with certain day-to-day tasks. Alternatively, you might require growing levels of health care. Similarly, the elderly people in your families will require enhanced levels of home and health care. This requirement increases in magnitude in case the elderly people are living by themselves. These people will usually require heightened levels of assistance because of an illness, a disability or an emergency. On occasions, the family situation might make it imperative for the aged family member to stay in an aged care facility.
It is worth highlighting that these individuals might not be able to get out and about as easily as they could in their youth. In such circumstances, the best recourse for these individuals is to live in an aged care home (or a nursing home) for some time. They could consider staying at the facility for a short span of time (known as residential respite). Alternatively, they could stay in the nursing home on a permanent basis.
Aged care facilities typically have several members on their staff. Some of these people specialise in providing certain aspects of aged care such as healthcare assistance etc. Others provide more generic support and assistance. The elderly folks living at these facilities will usually receive:
– Generic Care: This will include assistance with various day-to-day tasks such as cooking, cleaning, laundry etc.
– Personal Care: This usually comprises activities such as dressing, grooming, going to the toilet etc. and,
– Round-the-Clock Nursing Care: This usually comprises wound care, podiatry, physiotherapy, catheter care etc.
It is worth mentioning that aged care facilities in Sydney and other cities in the country will usually have approvals from the Australian Government. As such, only people with the relevant approvals can run these facilities and nursing homes. It is best to check this aspect before you consider leaving a loved one at any such facility.