2016 was huge year for most of the world, with significant elections in the US and the loss of a number of notable celebrities including the much loved David Bowie, Prince, and Muhammad Ali.
Whether you had a good year or a not-so-good year, 2017 presents an opportunity to start afresh, and consider your goals for the next 12 months.
When it comes to your home care, a yearly review is essential to make sure you’re getting the care you need, or reducing your services if you’re able to be more independent.
We’ll developed some questions you can ask yourself in January to get your 2017 started on the right note.
- Are you managing more yourself around the house?
Needs change, and not only for the worse. If you’ve been feeling more comfortable, stronger, and more able to manage your household, it could be time to reduce or even stop your services. Talk to us about how your needs have changed and how your services can be altered to suit exactly what you need.
- Do you need more support in 2017 to continue living at home?
Are you able to live comfortably at home with your current services, or are you finding it more difficult to manage? Whether it be housework, getting to the shops, preparing meals, maintaining a social life, or nursing, there are a range of services that can help you to live well and achieve your goals. Are any of the below goals for you in 2017?
- Keep a clean and tidy house
No one likes vacuuming, but keeping a tidy and clean house makes a huge difference to our health and wellbeing. If you’re not able to manage household tasks as well as you used to, domestic assistance services are available to help with washing, dishes, vacuuming, shopping for food – even the ironing.
- Eat nutritious meals
Are you having a hard time getting to the supermarket, or is finding dinner time a chore because you can’t quite manage to cut up the vegetables anymore? Meal preparation services help by preparing food for seniors to cook, or by accompanying you to the local shops to pick up groceries. These services don’t include cooking, but anything else to do with preparing a meal.
- Access safe, convenient transport
Many of us take for granted our ability to jump into the car and drive wherever we need to go but what if you weren’t able to drive anymore? Transportation services are available for those who have regular appointments they need to keep, such as a weekly trip to the shops or a regular doctor appointment.
- Maintain a high standard of personal care
There are many reasons you might not be able to dress or shower any more, from disability to injuries or balance problems. Whatever the cause, it’s important that you can access professional, caring services to keep your hygiene and spirits high. Personal care services include everything from grooming to going to the toilet and everything in between. Carers can even come multiple times a day depending on your needs.
- Get out of the house and have more fun
Has you found yourself becoming a home body when you used to love socialising? While solitude has many advantages, it can lead to loneliness and isolation when it’s because of an inability to leave the house rather than by choice. Day respite centres are perfect places to receive care while meeting new people and enjoying a myriad of social activities. They also provide carers with the chance to take a break, do household tasks, or go to work.
- Improve your social life
All of us have had times in our lives where we wanted more social connection, but for a lot of seniors who have lost friends or partners this can be more difficult, particularly if they don’t have a lot of transport options. If you would like to have a more active social life but aren’t sure how to achieve it, you can look into social support services, which can help by providing transport around your community to join in with special interest groups, take you to visit friends and family, or visit you in your home for a cup of tea or to play a game.
- Get professional health services at home
Many people don’t realise that allied health professionals, that is physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, exercise physiologists, and social workers, can come to your home if you’re a senior. These health professionals help with a myriad of issues to support you to remain active and healthy including assessment of your home to make it more comfortable and safer. If you’ve started to trip over rugs, are having trouble managing the stairs, or need some bathroom aids to keep you safe, get in touch with your doctor and look into the allied health services that are available.
- Get nursing care at home
Have you had a tough year health wise? Whether it’s been a trip (or more) to hospital which has left you needing regular nursing care, or a chronic health condition you would like to would to manage better, you can get help without leaving home. Our registered nurses can perform a wide range of nursing services to help you continue to live in their home for as long as possible. This includes catheters, wounds, stomas, chronic illness, diabetes, and even palliative care.
- Access more services
There are a variety of reasons that you might need more support to continue living at home. This could be as simple as needing more hours for your current services or needing more complex care such as nursing or allied health in addition to your domestic assistance and personal care services. In these cases, you might be eligible for a home care package. If you’re already on a home care package, you can work with your coordinator to ensure your package is still meeting your needs, and discuss different ways you can use your available budget.
For some people, the new year might bring with it the realisation that it’s no longer possible to continue managing by yourself at home, even with support.
Considering residential aged care is a big step, but it doesn’t have to be a scary one. Aged care facilities are very different from the nursing homes of old, they are vibrant places full of life and social activities. Many of our residents wish they had moved into care earlier as they have a full social calendar and many friends.
If residential care is an option for you, it’s a good idea to take a tour of a facility, or try residential respite care to get a feel for what living in an aged care facility is like. Many facilities even have couple rooms to ensure that partners are able to stay together.
We hope that 2017 brings you and your families every joy and a world of possibilities!
If you have questions or would like to discuss options, call us on 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273) to speak with a helpful staff member or enquire online.