A British survey has found that almost half of the respondents are more afraid of losing their independence as they grow older, than of dying.
The research was carried out by charity the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF), and showed that 49 per cent of respondents were more afraid of a loss of independence while only 29 per cent were afraid of dying.
When asked about the things that concern them most about getting older, over two thirds of people (68 per cent) say losing independence or becoming dependent on others, second only to concerns about ill health (74 per cent) while struggling to cope financially (44 per cent) comes in third.
The survey also revealed that almost half (44 per cent) of those surveyed are worried about having to move into a care home in old age.
These figures are echoed here by more than 75 per cent of Australians over 60 who were surveyed by the Australian Productivity Commission in their Housing Decisions of Older Australians Research Paper. They stated they wanted to stay in their own home as they age.
“Since home care is considerably cheaper than residential aged care, it is not only what most people want but also potentially more fiscally sustainable for Government. We are seeing that residential aged care is increasingly becoming an end-of-life option, with the average age of admission increasing,’ said Australian Productivity Commissioner, Karen Chester.
A solution for people concerned about losing their independence and moving into aged care facilities is home care, which can assist people in maintaining their independence at home.
Home care services can include:
- Support services – such as help with washing and ironing, house cleaning, gardening, basic home maintenance, home modifications related to your care needs and transport to help you with shopping, visit your doctor or attending social activities.
- Personal care – such as help with showering or bathing, dressing, nursing, allied health and other clinical services – hearing services and vision services, care coordination and case management.
- Home Care Packages – depending on an individual’s needs, a Home Care Package provides a coordinated package of services tailored to meet specific care needs to help the person stay in their own home and also provide choice in the way care and services are provided in the home. Home Care Packages are funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing to support eligible people over the age of 65 years with the essential home care assistance they need to live a quality life independently, maintaining their personal and social connections with the community, in the comfort of their own home.
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About Oxley Home Care
Oxley Home Care is an Approved Provider of Home Care Packages funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, and we offer home care solutions and elderly care in metropolitan Sydney. To arrange a comprehensive assessment by your local Aged Care Assessment Team, contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or visit the My Aged Care website.
Our friendly team at Oxley Home Care can provide a simple estimate of home care fees and services, based on your individual needs. Please feel free to call us on 1800 221 039 for more information.