Things to Consider When Moving into Residential Care

A senior lady and friend in a residential home or nursing home

Things to Consider When Moving into Residential Care

Residential aged care homes (previously known as nursing homes and hostels) are provided for older people who are unable to remain living in their own homes or with loved-ones due to their need for greater assistance with daily living. The decision to move into a residential aged care home can be quite challenging, overwhelming and emotional, both for the person moving and their family, friends, and carers. There are a number of things people can consider when choosing a home.

Atmosphere

This is probably one of the most important considerations and can be an intuitive feeling people get when they are visiting different homes. Considerations include if the atmosphere feels pleasant and relaxed. Does the home look and smell clean and are the building and grounds attractive and well maintained? Are the staff friendly and are they interacting well with the people that live in the home? Do the staff look like they are enjoying their work? Do the other residents look happy? It is also important to consider if there are lovely areas to spend time with other residents, family and friends and whether there are easily accessible outdoor areas.

Location

This is another important thing to consider when choosing a suitable home. Some people prefer to choose a home in the area in which they have lived for many years which is close to their existing network of family and friends. If family members don’t live close by, people may choose to move to a home in a new area, making it more convenient for family members to visit regularly.

Reputation

Entrusting the care of a loved one to other people is a huge decision. Family members want to ensure that the provider of the residential aged care home they choose has an excellent reputation for the level of care and support they provide. Ways to do this can include online research to look for any customer testimonials or reviews. Word of mouth can be an invaluable source of information – ask friends, family, work colleagues, networks if they know anything about the home being considered. People are also able to view accreditation reports from the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency before moving into a home.

Contact the friendly staff in our Customer Service Team if you would like any further information about moving into residential care.