Understanding when the “time is right” can be challenging but there are some signs that occur to indicate when the time is right to consider long term assistance.
Sudden or Gradual
Sometimes the need to discuss additional support happens suddenly, following a fall, illness or stroke. In other instances you might notice the decline in health over a period of time. It’s important to speak with family members about your wishes when the time comes to seek additional support.
It’s important to remember that no two people are the same. Memory loss and/or dementia symptoms vary between person and person. Early warning signs include:
Withdrawal from social activities
Difficulty completing everyday tasks
Mood changes, out of the norm for that person
If you are concerned about your loved ones memory loss, the first step is to consult their GP who can make the correct diagnosis and provide advice to assist your decision on any future actions.
Carers need a break too!
Caring for our loved ones can be rewarding, but it can also be challenging. Information and services are available to support you and your elderly family members so that you can continue to provide the best support possible. It’s important to look after your own health and wellbeing as well, in some instances respite can provide you with a chance to take a break.
Princes Court Homes offers two respite beds which can be booked for short term access to residential care. It can also be an excellent way for your loved one to “test the water” and experience what their lives could be like in this caring environment. This service is well used so please don’t leave it to the last moment.
What to do next?
Determining the type of care and eligibility is the first step in accessing residential care. Both of these criteria are assessed by your local Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT); your GP or a hospital social worker can make a referral to receive an assessment.
Additional Information is available by arranging a meeting with our Client Liason Officer, in the mean time our Director of Nursing Care is available to talk with families who might have some additional questions.