Why is Group Homes Australia a New Choice in Aged Care?
- May 01, 2014
Looking for an aged care alternative to support the lifestyle and wellbeing of someone you love? Perhaps you’re enjoying retirement and need a little more help with daily tasks than you used to, but traditional aged care services and facilities don’t appeal to you.
If you’ve heard about Group Homes Australia and you’re looking for more information about the concept and what group home living is all about, read on for our top 7 explanations of what Group Home Australia is.
Group Home Australia is Different
Unlike traditional aged care models, which often function more as institutions and facilities, the Group Home concept is different – focusing instead on supporting residents with dementia and high care needs to live active, sociable lives while retaining whatever level of independence the person may have. It’s this unique point of difference that has made Group Homes Australia such a popular and successful model internationally, and aligned with the values of today’s generation of older Australians.
Group Homes Australia are HOMELY
As their name suggests, our group homes are designed to look and feel, first and foremost, like home. The Group Homes aged care model understands that familiar, welcoming and safe home environments enhance a person’s wellbeing. For this reason, custom-built and renovated group homes seamlessly integrate the latest dementia and aged care technologies with inviting, modern décor and design.
Group Homes are Social
One of the greatest benefits of Group Homes Australia is that they facilitate ability based living, while also providing a social environment where residents can build genuine friendships, enjoy each other’s company, and make the most of common areas and living spaces to entertain family and friends. As group homes are limited to a smaller number of residents than most traditional aged care facilities, residents can easily get to know one another, and are more likely to get involved in social activities.
Group Homes are Part of Existing Communities
If you walked past a Group Home you’d probably have no idea it was a purpose-built community for older Australians. That’s because group homes look like any other home, and are conveniently located in popular suburbs. The key benefit of this is that group homes are not isolated – allowing residents to enjoy the same familiar surroundings and amenities, remaining close to family, friends and existing networks.
Group Homes Australia Encourages Independence
Retaining independence is one of the highest priorities for today’s generation of older Australians, and the Group Homes concept is built around supporting this sense of independence to maintain the wellbeing and confidence of residents long-term. At Group Homes the focus is on the abilities, rather than disabilities, of individuals. Carers who specialise in dementia care support residents, but they are encouraged to continue living as independently as possible, and to contribute to daily tasks through out their journey. As the resident walk through the dementia journey and their care needs increase, we support their growing needs.
Group Homes Offer Exceptional Quality of Care
Because our group homes are designed to feel like homes – not large-scale facilities – resident numbers are limited to between six and ten people. This guarantees that the ratio of residents and carers is generally around 1 carer for every three residents, to ensure the best possible quality of specialist dementia care.
Group Homes Specialise in All Levels of Care
Group Homes Australia is about providing specialist care and support to meet each individual resident’s needs – and to adapt as the needs of residents change over time. This allows group homes residents to stay in their home for longer, in familiar and comfortable surroundings, with care and support that continues to meet their unique needs.
Want to learn more about our dementia and aged care services? Contact Group Homes Australia now for more information.