In the wake of nursing home scandals and reports of resident abuse at the state-run Oakden in South Australia, it’s clear that a new model of aged care in NSW and Australia wide is long overdue.
Aged care raises complex issues for individuals and families, especially where the quality of care is in question. Evaluating the best option can be truly stressful.
When it comes to the choice between staying at home or entering an aged care facility, more and more Australians are choosing flexible in-home care packages, including 24 hour nursing services, palliative care, companionship, respite care, dementia care, disability care and private nursing.
Anne had been living in an aged care residence, but felt out of place and unhappy. After she suffered a fall, her family was able to access the nursing and carer support she required to move back home.
This was truly life changing. With all the support she needed to take her medications, shower and dress, Anne could now sit in her favourite lounge chair and listen to the soothing music of Libera to her heart’s content. She could also enjoy quality conversations with her family and carer Marie in a familiar, safe environment.
“We know that home has always been the best situation for Anne. In the nursing home she was only going downhill,” says Marie, who began caring for Anne in hospital soon after her fall.
June’s son Hamish says that the family first thought of in-home care for their father who had had several illnesses and been in and out of hospital, requiring a lot of extra care. In-home care had been a regular part of their lives for six or seven years before June, too, began requiring additional support.
“There was somebody here during the day originally, and then as Mum showed signs of dementia, more care was needed. Now we have this relationship of having people here 24 hours a day. The organisation has the right care and devotion to their clients and we have been very very happy with them. Management is excellent, so we’ve never given any thought to a nursing home.”
If you’re weighing up aged care options, Anne and June’s stories might resonate. Fear of moving to unknown surroundings, painful accidents, long waiting lists, and persistent reports of a troubled aged care sector are just some of the issues faced daily by elderly Australians and their loved ones. You may well feel you need some expert advice when choosing the best care options. To find out more about Private Care’s in home services and packages in NSW Sydney, please call 1300 559 260 or send us an enquiry.
* Names have been changed to protect our clients’ privacy.