Nursing Home

In-Home Care – is it a viable alternative to a nursing home?

While nursing homes offer numerous advantages for the support needs of the frail, the elderly and the terminally ill in terms of expertise and availability of help twenty fours hours per day, it is not always the best option for each person, and in home care should be considered as an alternative first. The decision to stay at home versus the move to a formal care facility is a personal one – each case should be considered individually, as what is right for one person can be very wrong for another. Another Option – Home Care Services For many people, home is the…

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How to choose the right aged care home for relatives or loved ones

Finding an aged care home is a time consuming and often stressful experience. Often it is not considered until there is an urgent need and time is of the essence.  If at all possible don’t wait until it reaches crisis point – the sooner you can start planning and researching suitable facilities – for yourself or elderly loved ones – the less stressful it will be when the time comes to make the move to an aged care home. Once the decision has been made that living at home is no longer an option, where to now? How do you…

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Why Young People with a Disability Do NOT Belong in a Nursing Home

There are more than 7,000 young people living in Aged Care facilities in Australia. By ‘young’ people I mean people under the age of 65, and a significant portion of this number is people under the age of 50 ! Why are they there ? Many of them are younger people with a disability with complex support needs that for one or more reasons can’t be supported at home. It could be the cost, the physical environment of their home, the difficulties staffing their support, family issues – sometimes its complicated, it’s hard and its very costly for a younger…

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