Need to find quality and affordable residential care?
The solution is easy.
Discuss your family needs with Aged Care Connect, Australia's most
experienced aged care placement service.
We will save you time and money.
We will also reduce your stress level.
How do you choose between aged care homes?
How can you be sure that the home that you select is the best available?
A complete understanding and comparison of the care, accommodation and lifestyle services available at a range of aged care homes requires
detailed research and takes time.
Placing your elderly loved one into an aged care home should never be left to chance. We have done the research and have been through the process many times over many years, and you will receive the benefit of our knowledge and experience.
It takes more than browsing glossy brochures. The accurate assessment of care provided, accommodation and lifestyle services requires detailed research and can be time-consuming.
Choosing between the available aged care homes and making the right decision can be daunting. Do you take an immediate vacancy just because it is available now, or will we forever regret that hasty decision?
Make an informed decision about residential care
Aged Care Connect has been actively helping families with residential care placement since 2002. It is hard to replace this experience and practical knowledge, gained from working with hundreds of families going through the same issues that you may face today.
We have been collected valuable information and insights into all aspects of aged care placement.
If you're totally at a loss as to where or how to begin your search, contact us and we can share this useful advice with you. Our staff have compassion and empathy for your family situation during this emotional time.
Knowing that your loved one resides in a caring, calm and tranquil environment will give you peace of mind.
Navigating the Aged Care Maze
Facing the daunting task of arranging care for a relative in their
later years and the thought of placing our loved one into residential
care can fill us with dread and guilt.
It is easy to delay the inevitable which only magnifies and prolongs
the emotional stress.
Fortunately there is a way to get through this emotionally difficult
time - to give you the peace of mind that the most appropriate option
was chosen in a timely manner.
Aged Care Connect was established in 2002 to guide families through this stressful time and to navigate through the maze of local aged care options.
The concerns about moving to an aged care home?
Elderly people can be very concerned and fearful of any change to their current
situation, especially involving their health, well-being and lifestyle
Most prefer to stay in the comfort of their family home for as long as possible.
They worry about a loss of independence, being regimented, entering an unfamiliar
environment, experiencing different activities and meeting new and unfamiliar
They worry about being taken care of properly and treated in a dignified and
They are concerned about the cost of care and accommodation fees and if they
will be forced to sell their cherished family home to pay for the fees.
Elderly persons often have pre-conceived ideas about aged care - based upon
past models and approaches to care delivery.
Signs that you need to start thinking about aged care
Mild personality changes - lack of confidence, forgetful or vague,
Poor nutrition, out-of-date food in the fridge, loss of appetite,
changes in weight.
Problems with bill paying and house maintenance.
Not attending to activities of daily living - shopping, cooking, cleaning,
Medication mis-management - misiing medications or taking too many
Signs that action needs to happen immediately
Diagnosis of serious and advanced health conditions.
Advanced dementia including aggressive behaviour or wandering.
In general, being under any form of risk to health and well-being.
What should we look for in an aged care home?
Quality and experienced care staff is paramount.
The Director of Care should be firm and have laid the ground rules
for a professional and caring aged care home.
Appropriate ratio of staff members to resident - daytime, evening
Quality and range of food is an important consideration to many residents.
Lifestyle activities should be frequent and diversified and individually
tailored to each resident.
Large private rooms with ensuites, bright community areas.
Well maintained garden settings with opportunity to walk in a safe
and secure manner.
Affordable fees and charges.
The approach taken by the aged care providers should be directed towards
quality care programs (Not-for-profit versus Profit-based provider).
How can we know the reputation of the aged care home?
Ask Aged Care Connect - an experienced specialist to get the up-to-date
and accurate information.
There are consumer driven review websites that consumers can access.
How to discuss the next step with Mum?
Pick a quiet moment, with no distractions, to have early discussions about
how they are coping and the need to plan for the future.
Always be patient and respectful, but mindful that they need to find
Always have the discussion face-to-face, never by telephone or email
- the tone and intent can be misinterpreted if not face-to-face.
Listen to their viewpoint and perspective and re-inforce that you
have understood their thoughts, wishes and concerns.
Explain that it is not easy for yourself as well - and your objective
is simply to make them as safe and risk-free as possible.
Involve them in the process, research, facility visits and decision making as much as practicable.
Start the discussions early in the process to avoid the limited time approach.
In some circumstances, if an elderly person is under significant risk or needs urgent help and they are resistant, consider seeking the support of their Pyschogeriatrician, GP, social worker, case manager or experienced placement consultant.
We feel guilty about Mum moving into aged care. How can we
deal with this emotion?
Do not be hard on yourself - be aware that the task you are facing
can be very stressful to the supportive family member - very few people
find it easy.
Share the load - have other supportive family members by your side.
Start the process early - avoid the limited time to get it right syndrome.
The aged care system is confusing and changing. Who can help us understand the complexities?
The Commonwealth is continuing to implement major changes to aged
care in Australia - it pays to stay updated with those changes.
The My Aged Care website ( www.myagedcare.gov.au
) is the gateway to access general information about the aged care system.
Who would help Mum move into an aged care home?
Aged Care Connect has the local knowledge, experience and industry
contacts to make the task easier for you.
What is the average length of stay in an aged care home?
Across all Australia, there are 263,788 residents in 2800 Commonwealth regulated
aged care homes.
Nearly 7 out of 10 (69%) of residents are women.
Average age of female residents is 86 - average aged of male residents
The average length of stay in a Commonwealth regulated aged care home is a
little under 2 years (~700 days).
The most important messages ....
Get the research and planning done as early as possible to avoid being
rushed into an uninformed decision, or having to take an option because
it is the only one available at the time
Share the activities and emotional load with supportive family members
and experienced service providers.
Need Further Information?
Contact Aged Care Connect - If you would like to discuss your family
requirements and your local residential care options.
The Aged Care Connect team is experienced with all aspects of residential care:
awareness of the latest care options
understanding quality residential care
helping with all steps of the application process.
negotiating the RAD accommodation fees and related charges
completing the Request for Combined Assets and Income Assessment
informing you immediately where the vacancies are as we receive the latest availability direct from the aged care providers
advocating on your behalf at your preferred aged care homes.
providing post placement assistance during the settling in period.
RAD Negotiation "Thank you for your excellent work with reducing Dad's accommodation payment. Julie and I are thrilled with your results. I hope we can use your assistance again and we will certainly pass on your name to friends going forward. " - L. Pinkham (8th April 2016)
"Thanks for your help with everything you take that burden off peoples shoulders just by knowing the ins & outs of the industry that most of us are never exposed to. To bounce off someone ‘that knows’ is more help than you realise." - Sharon Bell
"Thank you very much for your valuable support in having mum placed at our preferred aged care facility. Mum seems to have settled in well and she is certainly being well cared for now. We will certainly recommend your services to any of our friends who need assistance in placing their loved ones into an aged care facility. Kind regards." - Peter Rodini