Parental Protection - 7 Tips For Choosing the Ideal Aged Care Provider For Your Loved One
Taking care of an ageing loved one can be challenging. For years, they’ve looked after, nurtured, and kept you safe and sound. However, when they begin to move into the later stage of their life, the tables become turned
When this happens, often you still have to work, pay bills and tend to the responsibilities of your life so it makes sense to entrust the care of your loved one to a quality aged care provider. But just how do you pick the right one? Let’s break this down in more detail.
Cost is Important
First of all, it’s worth mentioning that, when it comes to aged care in NSW, you often get what you pay for. Sit down and figure out your budget, track your income and your expenses and figure out a fortnightly or monthly amount that you can afford. A handy tip if your parents require residential care is to rent out their regular home so you have some additional income to help pay for their care.
While there are providers that offer an excellent blend of quality care and affordability, it’s important to keep that cost in mind when making your choice.
There are plenty of aged care providers out there, and they’re not all the same in terms of cost, quality of care and location. It’s worth doing your research first. Begin on Google, then call or visit potential providers. Ask lots of questions and make notes. At the end of your research phase, sit down and compare them and choose the best one for you.
This is a key tip for those choosing a residential care provider. You’ll be visiting your aged loved ones frequently and if you’re travelling long distances to do so you’ll likely get tired out rather quickly and your visits might not be as often as you’d like them to be
Pick a location that is either close to your work or your home, or somewhere in between. Your loved one will benefit from the regular visits and you’ll benefit from not getting worn out with heaps of travel.
Residential Care vs In-Home Care
Have a think about the level of care that your aging loved one will require. Residential care can provide around the clock care and attention, and may be your best bet if your loved one is showing early signs of dementia or is prone to falls and accidents.
In-home care can provide this level of care as well, but it tends to be more expensive. If your loved one is still quite capable of independent living but requires some assistance around the house, you may be able to employ a provider for a day or two each week.
Enquire About Staff Knowledge and Training
When researching providers, ask direct questions about their staff. What knowledge, experience and qualifications do they have? Do they have expert training that meets the need of your loved one?
Check in on Frequency of Medical Staff Visits
Again, another tip for residential care. How often do doctors visit for check ups? How often do trained nurses do the rounds? You want to ensure that your loved one has access to the best possible care whenever they need it.
Word of mouth is still very important. Jump onto Google and Facebook and read some reviews of current clients. Avoid any provider that doesn’t have a four or four and a half star rating. Read all the reviews thoroughly and make notes of negative feedback.
There You Have It
So, in summary, to ensure you are making the right choice for your loved one, do your research. Read online reviews, make phone calls, visit the options in person and be prepared to ask the right questions.