Circumstances can often provide sudden pressure to get a loved one into an aged care home. They may have had a bad fall that means they are temporarily or permanently incapacitated. Or they may fall ill and be too weak to carry on looking after themselves. You might suddenly realise that they aren’t coping at home on their own anymore and have no means to look after them yourself.
It can sometimes take up to 3 months from the start of your search to the actual facility move in date. It’s worth following the correct steps to make sure you find the best home for your parent. Somewhere they are happy and well cared for, and somewhere you feel comfortable leaving them.
When the need is imminent
In some urgent cases, your loved one can move into an aged care home as soon as they have received their Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) report. Until they undertake an income and assets test they will have to pay a daily fee until they are deemed eligible for the Federal Government to contribute to the cost of care.
One of our family members recently relayed this touching story of her struggle with placing her parents into aged care;
“I remember over a year ago now, walking into the Infinite Aged Care Churchill Retreat facility. We were shown around by a person who obviously cared about the place and the people and was enthusiastic about the future plans for the facility. Walking in there had the same feeling as when you walk into an “open for inspection” viewing of a house and just know that the house belongs to you. You have to have it, you have to be there! This is what happened to us when my partner & I were searching for the “right” place for my chronically ill father and for my mother who could no longer live alone in her own home. I knew instantly this was going to be their new home. And what an incredible “find” it has been! Unfortunately my father passed after 12 days in the care of the most wonderful caring nursing and other aged care staff. They couldn’t have done any more to make my father’s last days more comfortable. I will never forget the support shown to me and my family by the staff they were so kind and caring. Mum has been there for over a year now and I haven’t seen her smile and laugh so much in a long time. She has made some wonderful friends. Mum participates in, and loves the daily activities organised by the staff. We actually plan our visiting times around the activities because she wants so much to be involved in them! The every day worry about how Mum was coping in her own home has gone. Our family has seen first hand how much Infinite Care truly cares for people.”
We are here to help
Even if you think your loved one may be getting close to needing care it never hurts to be aware of the steps that you will need to take, or help them take, before they can move into aged care. It may seem an overwhelming task. You may not even know where to start! We have prepared an easy to follow 5 step guide to the process.