The life expectancy rates for people in Australia has been steadily increasing. Better medical facilities and advancements in science and technology have enabled people to lead healthier lives. Because of this, people have extended lifespans. After retirement, many people have an excess amount of time on their hands. But not all of them have enough activities that will enable them to utilise this time effectively. As such, they could end up feeling bored and neglected. This could lead to a host of other issues as well.
In addition, as people grow older, their immunity levels tend to dip. As a result, they remain susceptible to various ailments and illnesses. Some of these people might require regular care respite services. However, the younger members in the family will remain occupied with their work and other activities. As such, they might not have the time to look after the older members of their family. Being alone at home throughout the day could heighten the risks that these senior members of the family might face. An accidental fall on the staircase or a similar incident could mean that the retiree remains unattended until the family members return home in the evening. In critical cases, this might even result in the loss of life. To mitigate these kinds of risks, many people are considering living in residential aged care facilities after retiring.