Thinking about aged care options for someone else
Thinking about the aged care plans of a loved one can feel daunting, but we can help you understand the options and start the conversation.
Even though getting older is a fact of life, many of us find it difficult to acknowledge that we are struggling to do things we’ve always done.
Whether it’s your parents, grandparents, a friend or someone you care for, being able to talk with them about their plans and preferences as they get older will help them to be able to live where and how they choose.
Starting the conversation
While some people may feel relieved to have the opportunity to ask for support, suggesting to someone else that they may need some extra help at home will probably feel awkward – for both of you!
A good way to approach this tricky conversation is to start the conversation on a positive note. Talk about the things they can do, rather than what they can no longer manage.
- about their plans
- what they would like to do
- the lifestyle they want
- where they see themselves living in the short and long term.
As they share these thoughts with you, you’ll start to understand what meaningful ageing is to them.
And they should see that you are there to help them find the information they need, so that options aren’t forced on them if circumstances change quickly.
Help to stay at home
For many of us, our preference is to be able to continue to live in our home.
There are many different service and funding options that are available to help people continue to live independently at home, so take some time to get to understand the options.
- The Commonwealth Home Support Programme is best if they need a little bit of help or short-term support.
- Home Care Packages are available for those with more regular or complex care needs.
- Nursing or health care can be arranged via their general practitioner (GP) or hospital.
How we can help
You can call us at any time for free advice on how to navigate the aged care system.
(08) 9242 0119 or 1300 761 577 for country callers