Where will you live? Would you like a choice?

By Corin Kelly
Monday, 07 December, 2015

Where you live should be decided by the person who knows you best ...... you.
Talking about aged care, planning and considering options before care is needed is the aim of a campaign by the Dept of Health.  As part of the “Let’s talk about changes to aged care” campaign,  a series of videos have been released that present real life stories and experiences from older people and carers in residential and home care.
The video It’s important to talk about aged care’ highlights the fact that people who feel they have been involved in the decision making around moving into an aged care facility feel happier and adjust more easily to the transition. Families are often involved in the conversation but the Dept of Health is sending the message that "aged care should be decided by the person who knows you best…..you".
‘Aged care should be decided by you’ is another video describing how many people don’t start thinking about aged care until a trigger event like a ‘fall’ occurs that can leave a person incapacitated. Making the decision while in good health means that if a move is required, a person will be able to settle in, adjust, make friends and feel more comfortable in their new home.
There are a range of care services available including home, community and residential aged care. Support and information for people considering their aged care options are available with a support line (1800 200 442) and website (www.mayagedcare.gov.au).
Let’s talk about changes to aged care. My Aged Care. 9 Oct 2015. Dept of Social Services.

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