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Moving into aged care is often a difficult subject to bring up with your elderly parent or loved one, particularly if they consider themselves to be independent or they have a strong sentimental attachment to the family home.

At Seasons Aged Care, far too often we are contacted by adult children or a spouse in ‘crisis mode’ needing to find a place for their Mum, Dad, Husband or Wife ‘yesterday’. This begs the question, when is the right time to move into aged care?

In our experience, elders who move into aged care whilst they are still somewhat independent or perhaps require minimal or low care tend to transition relatively smoothly. Usually, the family has done all of the research on the available aged care options. They’ve perhaps taken Mum or Dad to visit half a dozen aged care communities where they have weighed up the pros and cons and finally come to a joint decision, based on the factors that are important to them. The key message here is they had a ‘choice’. They were not thrown into disarray amidst a crisis and forced to choose the first bed available in a facility that perhaps doesn’t fit the desires or ideals of how they wish to live out their remaining years. When you look at it this way, it really does demonstrate why perhaps ‘now’ is the right time.

Generally speaking, there are signs that it is time to sit down with your Elder and have a real conversation about aged care. Particularly where the elder lives alone and no longer has a spouse looking out for them. Some common signs to look out for are:

  • Difficulty maintaining or getting around the house due to hazards such as stairs etc.
  • Memory loss, forgetfulness or confusion
  • Physical impairment or chronic disease
  • Decreasing hygiene practices
  • Changes in personality, feeling down or lonely

If you are concerned about your elderly loved one living alone, open up the conversation. Get the family together to support you in broaching the subject. Don’t be forceful, offer to ‘show them a few places’ without obligation so they are at least open to looking…get them through the door and you’ve won half the battle! Take the hard work out of it for them, make it enjoyable and stress-free.

Seasons aged care communities, including Seasons Flexible Lease communities, offer private 1 and 2 bedroom fully self-contained residences with care and support on hand 24/7. Our communities are set amongst lush tropical gardens with inviting communal indoor and outdoor spaces. With a vast array of lifestyle activities and excursions on offer your loved one will never get bored and is guaranteed to make new friends! Book a tour today on 1300 506 116 or enquire now.

This blog post was first published on Seasons Aged Care

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Seasons Aged Care is a Queensland owned and operated company, dedicated to changing the face of aged care in Australia. We give you all the care you’d expect in a residential nursing home combined with the lifestyle benefits of a retirement village, while you enjoy the comfort and independence of your own private residence.
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