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Eldercare resident Bernie spending time with his daughter at aged care home Oxford.

How to start the conversation with a loved one about moving into aged care

Speaking with a loved one about moving into an aged care home can be challenging. It is a delicate matter that involves a range of emotions, concerns, and uncertainties. However, approaching this discussion with empathy, understanding, and information can pave the way for a smoother transition.

Eldercare Seaford resident speaking with a spiritual care practitioner.

Five signs your loved one may need to move into an aged care home

When you notice some signs about your loved one that makes you question how well they can take care of themselves (like increasing forgetfulness, a few missed bill payments, or an empty fridge), it can be difficult to know what to do, who to talk to or when to speak up.

Eldercare staff member bringing a cup of tea to a resident.

What to expect after moving into an aged care home

Moving into residential care is a big decision and one that brings both changes and opportunities. It is natural to feel anxious about this move, and about how well you (and your loved ones) will settle in.

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What’s the difference between residential aged care and retirement living?

As people age and come to the end of their working lives, decisions about where and how to spend their later years become increasingly important. Two common options are aged care homes and retirement villages.

Eldercare resident and staff member at a gardening group.

Why dental health is vital for older people

Dental health is a crucial part of physical wellbeing for people of all ages, but it becomes increasingly important as we get older. Older people can often find it harder to maintain good oral health, making it a critical aspect of their overall health and quality of life.

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Pet therapy in aged care

In recent years, pet therapy has become increasingly popular in health care settings, including in aged care homes. Pet therapy has been shown to improve both physical and mental health in older people.

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My loved one has just been diagnosed with dementia. What should I do?

It can be a challenging time when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia and it can be difficult to know what to do.

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What is palliative care and end-of-life care?

Palliative and end-of-life care are phases of a resident’s care that are often not well understood. Eldercare provides all residents with holistic, person-centred care throughout all phases of their life, including while receiving palliative and end-of-life care.

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I’ve decided I want to move into a retirement village – what’s next?

So you’ve decided to downsize your house and make the move into a retirement village – well done! Sometimes making the decision is the hardest part.

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What is the RAD and DAP in aged care?

When beginning to explore aged care and finding out more about how its funded, you will probably be confronted with a whole bunch of abbreviations.

The RAD and DAP are commonly used when discussing pricing in residential aged care.

Eldercare Trowbridge House resident and staff member looking down at a form that they are completing together.

What is the ACAT and how do I get one?

An ACAT is short for an assessment completed by the Aged Care Assessment Team and an assessment must be completed for anyone to enter a government-funded aged care home.

Eldercare Allambi resident and volunteer smiling into the camera as they hold the crafts they are making.

Why should I volunteer in aged care?

Volunteering for an aged care provider can be a very fulfilling experience – and volunteering roles are much more diverse than most people think.

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