If you can no longer take care of yourself it is time to begin considering your options. It is not easy to admit that you need help but the good news is there are lots of options available to you. Residential aged care is far from the only option available to you at this stage.
- One option is a home carer who can come to your home as often or as rarely as needed and they can even live-in in some cases.
- Family is another option, if you have a relative or friend you can move in with and who is able to help you this can be a less disruptive option than residential aged care.
- Sheltered housing can also be an option and would offer more independence than residential care.
If neither of these is an option for any reason however residential care shouldn’t be a scary option.
What is in a residential care?
The decision to move into residential care is not an easy one however it is important not to let horror stories colour your feelings.
The vast majority of residential care homes are staffed by friendly, knowledgeable carers who will make you feel comfortable and help you out where possible.
A residential home can also offer a social side with other people of the same age, in the same situation who can help each other.
If there are local amenities nearby such as shops and cinemas a residential home can offer the care you need while giving you the independence to enjoy yourself.
Some residential homes will even allow you to bring beloved pets with you.
Types of Residential Care
There are two main types of residential care on offer from care homes. Most care homes provide help with daily tasks and medication. Some also provide nurses.
Depending on your level of need, in many of these homes you will have the freedom to do things yourself as you want.
Other care homes provide care specifically for those who need more extreme care such as people who suffer from Alzhiemer’s or other forms of dementia. In these cases it is often best to contact specific charities to get their recommendations for specific residential care homes.
Many residential care offer trial
If you have decided on residential aged care it is important to find the right care home. Many offer a trial stay that can allay fears and allow you to see if a particular home really is the right fit.
You have the right to choose any residential care that will suit your needs. The ultimate decision, as to whether to go into care, is yours and you should not allow anyone, even friends and family, to push you into something you do not want.
For the past 4 years, Andy has been writing about different topics in regards to health and care for the aged. If Andy isn’t consumed by writing, he is busy at Patient Handling, designing, manufacturing and distributing products that help in better patient handing and mobility.