Be prepared to make a decision about aged care early on…

It really doesn’t matter what it is – being prepared is always the best way to approach situations and aged care is no different.

According to Rita Merienne, founder of Aged Care with Ease (ACE), a consultancy that helps families make aged care decisions – you can never start too early.

“I see it all the time – people leave it too long and then it is an emergency situation – which puts more stress on everyone. This is the same for all types of care – whether it is in your home, their home or an aged care facility. It doesn’t matter the situation, the earlier you talk about it the better. Get your loved one used to the idea of needing help, get everyone used to it – your siblings too.”

“Remember to be respectful – yes you are caught up with the emotions of trying to find care – however, it is tough for your aged loved one too.”

Ms Merienne says it’s key to ensure conversations around aged care happen early and when the time comes, the situation needs to be handled gently.

“Remember this is very tough for your loved one. All of a sudden they are in need of help, they can’t do things the way they used to or the way they want to,” Ms Merienne said.

She says it might be worthwhile to get home care assistance for a few tasks early on, which will make your loved one more comfortable with getting extra help later.

Ms Merienne says there are a few options that might be viable for many families:

Care in your aged loved one’s home – a few extra services to make sure your loved one is being looked after – shopping, cleaning, medical help or gardens. Just the things they can’t do anymore.

Care in your home – your aged loved one has moved in with you and you are at work, plus still raising your family – they need the extra care.

For families looking to apply for home care assistance, the first step is to contact www.myagedcare.gov.au to assess your loved one’s requirements and entitlements.

Depending on the outcome of the assessment, a home care package might be available to families who qualify. Home care packages can vary from basic help around the home to higher level nursing and medical care.

About Oxley Home Care:

Oxley Home Care, established in 2006, is a family-owned Sydney company and is an Approved Government Provider for aged care services, specialising in Dementia Care.

Oxley Home Care provides Dementia Care, Private Care, Home Care, Nursing, Veterans Home Care and Allied Health to enable people to live a quality life independently in their own home and stay connected to their local community.

Oxley Home Care is an Approved Provider of Home Care Packages funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and holds an allocation of Home Care Packages. These packages are designed to provide assistance to the elderly, to remain living independently at home.

To gain access to a Home Care Package, the government requires that you undergo a comprehensive assessment by your local Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). To arrange the assessment, contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or visit the My Aged Care website.

For more information, please feel free to call Oxley Home Care on 1300 993 591.

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