We all need a helping hand sometimes, and finding the right support can enable Australians to move into their older years with integrity and a sense of belonging in their community.

If you and your family members have been discussing how to find the best care and support for you, then you may have heard references to developing a care plan for aged care. This type of resource will help you, your family, friends and any carer networks to know exactly how you would like to be supported in your everyday life.

If you are 65 or older (or 50+ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) and are finding that things aren’t as easy as they used to be, then it may be a good time to arrange a face-to-face assessment through My Aged Care. This Federal Government platform can help you to identify the best option to suit your support needs including choice of home care, retirement village living or aged care facilities. Through this assessment process you can also find out if you are eligible for government funded and government regulated aged care providers, as many older Australians are. Privately funded services are also an option open to you at any time if you have independent financial means.

What does a care plan in an aged care facility include?

If the right support option for you is to move into aged care, a care plan can outline all of the day-to-day details so you’ll be cared for in comfort and the way you choose to be. At Aurrum Aged Care, this can incorporate any specific requirements for your chef-prepared meals, any prescribed medications, and any clinical care programs including specialist cognitive or memory support care. We also have a number of allied health services to support individual needs. A detailed care plan also extends to the social aspects that can be just as vital as physical wellbeing. You may like to visit art galleries and museums, have a regular massage to relieve pain, or take part in art and craft programs to keep your mind active.

Just as no two people are exactly alike, no two care plans should be exactly alike. Here at Aurrum we encourage your family to be involved in the aged care planning process to fine-tune a care plan that is ideal for your unique needs and preferences.

For further information on developing an aged care plan for yourself or a loved one, you may wish to visit our guide to aged care. The team at Aurrum Aged Care would be happy to show you through our modern and vibrant aged care facilities throughout Victoria and New South Wales.

We all deserve to grow older with a great standard of care and the highest possible level of independence, and tailored aged care plans can help us all to do just that.

Feel free to call Aurrum Aged Care for an obligation free discussion, or to arrange a time to visit one of our residential aged care facilities on 1800 287 286 (website www.aurrum.com.au)