10 years + 10 reasons to choose residential care
October 19, 2020 | People at Mirus Australia
Mirus Australia is celebrating our 10th anniversary in 2020 or how we like to say it: 10 years of #makingagedcarebetter. The team at Mirus passionately work alongside their colleagues and peers in aged care facilities and with committed individuals all around Australia. Recently our business intern at Mirus, Zoë compiled this list of the top 10 reasons to choose residential aged care.
Many aged care facilities offer additional services in addition to the clinical care provided. Lifestyle programs help to keep residents active and engaged. These services may include; exercise classes, community excursions, massage therapy, and hairdressing as well as many other and varied activities.
2. Responsive nature of aged care
In many residential care organisations, staff monitor the health and well-being of their residents. This allows carers to adapt the level of care provided to residents in order to meet their changing care needs. Care may range from, respite to permanent care, or specialised care offered for residents living with dementia.
Residents living in aged care facilities have the opportunity to experience a new social life and connect with people that are experiencing the same or similar challenges. Socialising is encouraged in facilities through regular group activities, entertainment in the form of sing-a-longs, and animal therapy.
4. Medically trained professionals
Personal and medical care is available from health professions when living in an aged care facility. The workforce is often specialised in the needs of older people and is arranged to respond to the varying needs of the residents.
Residential care is a great option for those who are getting older and are experiencing loneliness, as well as those who are no longer able to live alone. Aged care facilities have employees to monitor residents in order to ensure their safety. This includes ensuring residents avoid hazards, which may be problematic and detrimental if these were accounted for when living alone.
6. Maintained and easier way to live
Often residential care facilities are fitted with new and comfortable living options. Including modern styles and equipment to meet the needs of specific residents. This may help a resident to feel more comfortable than what they had previously experienced when living alone.
7. Family and friend relationships
Residential care facilities support a strong relationship between residents and their friends and family. More traditionally this would be in the form of onsite, face-to-face visits as often as a resident’s family and friends would like. More recently, facilities have encouraged regular phone calls, video calls, and window visits for residents in order to maintain these relationships with their loved ones while responding to the changes in society.
8. New routines
Residential care can help an older person to remain motivated and have a balanced lifestyle. For example, this may include facilities having regular meal times and planned activities for residents to enjoy and experience every day.
Pressures may be alleviated on loved ones as aged care providers have regular housekeeping services. This includes bedding being changed and clothes being cleaned regularly, as well as other shared living and dining areas being frequently cleaned and tidied.
Finally, aged care facilities may provide various options for their residents! Flexibility can be offered through the different levels of care required, the different types of rooms available, cultural or religious options, a range of prices, as well as many and varied locations around Australia.
In summary, these have been an amazing 10 Years at Mirus, with many incredible past + present people! For more about us and our 10 year timeline.
Be sure to also check out previous posts in the top 10 series!