Caring for someone in an aged care home can be a challenging and emotional experience, but it’s important to remember that you still have an essential role to play in supporting your loved one’s care. Here are some key points to consider to help you feel more confident in your decision and stay involved in their care:
- Signs your loved one will benefit from living in an aged care home: If your loved one is facing considerable mobility challenges, severe incontinence issues, problematic behaviour like wandering or getting lost, serious communication concerns, or problems with planning, remembering, and thinking, moving them to an assisted living facility may be the best option for their overall well-being.
- Growing doubts: It’s natural to have doubts and concerns about your decision. You may worry about whether your loved one will receive the attention they need, if people will assume you abandoned them, or if you could have done more to prevent this situation. It’s important to be realistic and make decisions based on what is best for everyone involved, including yourself.
- Coping with emotions: Seek support from someone who will listen to you without judgment. Managing your own emotions is crucial, and it may be helpful to explore counselling or support groups specifically for carers. These resources can provide guidance and a safe space to express your feelings.
- Stay involved: Even after your loved one moves into an aged care home, you can still actively participate in their care. Recognise that you are an essential member of the care team, working alongside medical experts. Here are some ways to stay involved:
- Familiarise yourself with the names and roles of the other members of the care team.
- Take notes during discussions or meetings, or bring someone along to help you remember important details.
- Don’t hesitate to ask questions and seek clarification about your loved one’s care.
- Maintain a list of your loved one’s health concerns and share them with the care team.
- Ensure accurate documentation of diagnoses, medications, and any changes in their condition.
Remember, your presence and involvement are valuable and can greatly contribute to the overall care and well-being of your loved one. Take pride in the role you play and don’t hesitate to ask for assistance when needed.
If this article has inspired you to think about your own unique situation and, more importantly, what you and your family are going through right now, please contact your advice professional.
This information does not take into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any person. Before making a decision, you should consider whether it is appropriate in light of your particular objectives, financial situation or needs.