An ageing demographic structure is a worldwide phenomenon, as are the issues and requirements that go along with that fact. The worldwide demographic situation is mirrored in Australia where there has been a reflected growth in the prominence of government-supported, and also private, aged care services. In fact, the overall capacity of the residential aged care sector has expanded by almost 25% in the past 10 years. This increase provides increased options to those who could benefit from the daily care and support afforded by residential aged care facilities.

What is residential aged care?

Residential aged care services are subsidised by the Commonwealth Government to offer a focused environment for those whose care needs cannot be managed at home. Residential aged care is a long-term arrangement for people who need ongoing access to healthcare. The service is also available as a temporary arrangement to provide respite for in-home carers. Nursing staff and other specialist personnel are employed in these residential facilities to support the needs of residents. Many of these facilities also support those who need dementia care or palliative care. Residential aged care facilities also offer certain activities and programs to improve the social life of residents. 

How does residential aged care improve the quality of life of residents?

Some of the benefits of moving into residential aged care are improved access to healthcare services, easily accessible spaces and a welcoming social environment. Home-based carers can take advantage of the offer of a temporary care option if they need a break. Families feel peace of mind as their loved one is being well cared for.

When does your loved one need residential aged care?

It can be difficult to accept that your loved one needs to move into residential aged care. But there are some signs that this may need to happen. If your loved ones’ health is gradually deteriorating, it probably means that their care needs are becoming more complex, and maybe more dedicated care is required. If your loved one lives alone, or in a remote area, and they are becoming less mobile, this can affect both their mental, and physical health. If housework builds up over a period of time, and just isn’t getting done, it may mean your loved one is no longer able to take care of their home appropriately. 

What does residential aged care offer?

Residential aged care facilities can offer all the support that is needed. They can provide for all levels of care, including dementia and palliative care. They also appreciate that everyone has different social needs, and so they aim to create a stimulating social program that offers a wide range of activities to suit varied lifestyles and interests. They also aim to make every resident feel safe, valued, dignified and respected. The carers work to satisfy the needs of both residents and their families to make the care experience as comfortable as possible. They know that the well-being of your loved ones is your first priority and they aim to provide a loving, caring home from home.