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A – Z Aged Care Guide
- Aug 01, 2014
Currently looking for the best aged or dementia care option for your loved one?
Let our A to Z aged care guide provide you with an overview on some of the most important things to consider during your search.
A is for Accessibility
It’s important for aged care homes like us to be accessible for residents with a wide range of needs, and to accommodate those needs as they change with time.
B is for Best quality of care
We always recommend you look for an aged care centre that provides the best quality of care and support – along with trained staff that genuinely care about residents’ wellbeing.
C is for Compassionate Staff
Always look for aged care facilities that have compassionate staff with the residents’ best interest in mind.
D is for Dementia care expertise
If your loved one has dementia, we know that specialist expertise and experience in dementia care is invaluable. This will ensure your loved one gets care specific to their unique needs.
E is for Easy transition
At Group Homes, we try to make the transition from living at home to living in a care facility as smooth and comfortable as possible.
F is for Familiar surroundings
Where possible, we recommend choosing an aged care home located in your loved one’s neighborhood is preferable, since familiar surroundings can help them feel at home.
G is for Group home environment
Choose a group home with an environment that offers opportunities for genuine friendships to grow, and supports long-term independence.
H is for Homely feel
Every one of our homes is designed to be warm and inviting – so that it feels like a normal home. This will help support your loved one’s happiness and wellbeing.
I is for Innovative layout and design
Well-thought-out design and layout can significantly enhance feelings of wellbeing while supporting independent living.
J is for Joyful residents
This is one of the most important factors when it comes to choosing an aged care home. Take a tour with us and you’ll notice that all of our residents are joyful, content, active, and happy.
K is for Knowledgeable and supportive staff
Take some time to chat through any questions and concerns you have with the staff to get a feel for how approachable, knowledgeable and supportive they are.
L is for Lasting relationships and genuine connections
Always go for aged care centres that support the formation of genuine friendships, like Group Homes Australia. Human connections contribute to greater wellbeing and lifestyle – meaning that happiness can contribute to health and wellness.
M is for Modelled on international success
Some aged care home models are outdated, and do not meet the needs and expectations of the new generation of older Australians. Both our Australian and international model are hugely successful.
N is for New concept
New concepts in aged and dementia care are better meeting the care requirements of retirees and elderly Australians. Consider aged care with a difference, that’s personalised to your loved one’s unique needs.
O is for Ongoing assessment
Your loved one’s care needs will change over time, so it’s important to choose an aged care provider that focuses on ongoing assessment, to provide the best care for the evolving needs of residents.
P is for Philosophy with a difference
While some aged care facilities are driven by a philosophy of profit, Group Homes Australia offer a genuine focus on resident wellbeing, independence and quality of life.
Q is for Quality of lifestyle
None of us lose our desire to enjoy our lives as we get older, so it’s important to choose an aged care centre where quality of life is a priority.
R is for Resident to Carer ratio
Group and aged care homes with low resident-to-carer ratios tend to provide the highest quality of care. We only take small groups of residents in each home 6- 8. This means we have a high carer-to-resident ratio – typically of 1:3.
S is for Supporting independence
One of the things many people fear most about aging is losing their independence. We recommend choosing an aged care home where maintaining independence is supported, and where each resident’s abilities are the focus, rather than their disabilities.
T is for Technological support
An increasing number of quality aged care providers are utilising technological advancements. We believe these advancements and innovations will help support us when it comes to providing the highest quality of care.
U is for Understanding and empathy
We believe that aged and dementia care are as much about providing empathy as it is about providing a safe environment and medical support. This is because the best environment and medical support will only come from understanding our residents.
V is for Volumes of space
Forget cramped living areas. We have large areas for entertaining and visiting with families. This can contribute to residents’ welfare and comfort.
W is for Welcoming environment
Leaving home can be frightening for someone with dementia. We provide a welcoming environment that feels like home to help transition into care.
X is for Xciting and stimulating activities
We recommend you look for an aged care home where interesting activities are employed to stimulate the mind and contribute to quality of life.
Y is for Yards and gardens
Aged care and group homes like us incorporate safe and enjoyable outdoor spaces and gardens positively impact resident lifestyle and happiness.
Z is for Zeal for life
Consider which aged and dementia care homes you visit conveyed enthusiasm for living life to the fullest.
For more information about the benefits of group home aged care, contact Group Homes Australia today.