We only want the best care for our older loved ones. When it comes to finding the right aged care facilities, it is not just about finding the best facility and equipment, what is important is knowing that they are cared for with love and kindness by professional experts.
As our loved ones enter their senior years, their capabilities and their needs change. Most of the time, staying in their own homes is not in their best interest. Especially if they need all-around care and supervision. More often than not, they will need a home that will provide the appropriate care for them.
The decision to transfer a loved one to an aged care facility can be very hard. The thought that you are giving strangers access to your loved ones can be quite daunting. This is why choosing the right aged care provider is very important. But where do you start?
Ask them what their wishes and wants are for the new home they will live in. It is important to involve them in the selection process or at least get their opinion. This will make them feel special and not feel like you are shoving them away somewhere and then forgetting about them.
Getting them involved will show them that you care for them and that you only want what’s best for them. Some factors most elderly people look for in an aged care facility are:
Most of our older family members do their own research as they grow close to retirement. Chances are, they already have a place in mind or at least they have an idea of a place they want to be in.
What type of care do your loved ones need? This will guide you in finding and choosing the right aged care provider for them. For the elderly with low care needs:
For the elderly with complex care needs:
Today’s home care facilities are mostly geared towards a home-like environment. This is good for the elderly because it gives them a sense of home and doesn’t make them feel like they are in a hospital.
Avoid settings that seem sterile and bland and look for the more homely and cosy type of homes. Setups like this are a much more pleasant environment and are more conducive to healing and enjoyment.
Find out where their room will be located and then consider the following:
Does the aged care provider allow enough fun and interesting activities that will keep your loved one’s minds active and avoid boredom? One of the main benefits of a retirement village is that there are some great activities to keep your loved ones busy. This includes activities like:
Most elderly people have special dietary needs that they have to strictly adhere to avoid health complications. Make sure that the facility you choose can provide for your loved ones dietary and medical requirements.
Some loved ones may be religious and will need a space where they can pray and flourish spiritually. Check for aged care providers who have a space or groups where they can practice their faith.
Is the facility near you and other family members? More than the facility itself, your loved ones need to have a relationship with you and your family members. That is their most important need.
Therefore, it should be easy for you to visit regularly. Choose an aged care provider that is conveniently located near you.
Iris Manor provides all levels of care from low to high care with 24-hour nursing care onsite. We do not charge the 3 different fees that are normally associated with government-funded homes.
At Iris Manor, there are no long term contracts, no lump sum RAD or DAP, simply a fixed weekly rate. Come and see our facilities at Iris Manor and find out for yourself how good our place is for your loved ones.
Please call us today for an appointment on 1800 835 728 or send us an inquiry.
We encourage you to make the first step and book in a tour with our lovely community. We will show you the facilities, gardens, restaurant, hairdresser, movie cinema & much more.
Booking times are between 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday