The benefits of working with an aged care placement service
By Dani McKenna, St Louis Aged Care, Business Development Manager / Registered Nurse
The decision to help a loved one choose and move into permanent residential care is a significant one. Most often this will be their final place to call home. You want to know that during these last precious years of their life, they are honoured, respected and treated with dignity and provided the best care possible.
Having the support of an aged care placement consultant is a good investment with many benefits. They have the same objective as you, to find the perfect nursing home for your loved one.
What is aged care placement?
Aged care placement is a service which assists people to easily navigate the process of finding the appropriate nursing home. Usually family members will use this service for an elderly relative or friend. When people begin the process of evaluating nursing homes for a loved one, they are often overwhelmed by the amount of work involved.
An aged care placement consultant will help with the following:
- Gain a clear understanding of what is important to everyone involved
- Evaluate facilities of a nursing home for their suitability
- Know the availability of rooms in nursing homes around Adelaide to save time
- Know how well each nursing home meets Australian Aged Care Standards
- A review of the location and how close it is to the person’s family and friends
- Describe amenities and accessibility to community services
- Transition your loved one into the nursing home, in partnership with the residential staff
Aged care placement consultants are experts at helping you navigate what can be a very complex highway to get from where you are now to the right nursing home for your loved one. They can reduce the stress of this process for families by getting to know the needs of the person entering residential care, and then helping match these needs with the facility.
Why use an aged care placement service?
Aged care placement services are not only for people who don’t have the time to do the research, they’re for anyone who wants to make a well-informed decision. You can do the work yourself, but it can be very time-consuming, confusing, emotional at times and stressful.
In some families, one person may be tasked with finding the right aged care facility, but several people may need to approve the final decision.
The cost of an aged care placement service is minimal compared to the time and energy it costs you to do the research. Even more importantly, you have peace of mind knowing you have chosen the right residential care facility for someone you care deeply about.
A useful book on this subject is 5 Easy Ways to Solve the Aged Care Puzzle by Gail Miller which discusses the maze of aged care and how to best come to a decision with the right people around you.
The book recommends that the easiest way to navigate the aged care puzzle is to create a team of people to help you which includes the following:
- Aged Care Placement Consultant
- Professional organiser for decluttering
- A lawyer
- Aged care financial advisor
- And possibly even a Funeral director
With a team of professionals working with you, you’ll find the process much easier and more cost effective in the long run.
What benefits have we seen our clients receive?
Our clients have peace of mind. They trust their aged care consultant to walk this path alongside them. The consultant connects you with all other services needed as well - legal, accounting, financial planning and a professional organiser to get the home ready for sale.
Recommended Aged Care Placement Services
St Louis Aged Care work with a small group of trusted and reliable aged care placement services in Adelaide. If you would like a referral please call Dani McKenna 83320950.
For more information about Aged Care Placement in Adelaide, call St Louis Aged Care
We are here to help you make a well informed decision about residential care for you or a loved one. Call us for a confidential no obligation discussion. Whether you choose St Louis or not, we are happy to share what we know and make the journey that little bit easier for you. Call our Adelaide nursing home team on 08 8272 3344 or download an information booklet here.