Retirement accomodation

How can we improve the prognosis for our maturing Australians? Suggestions, ideas, proposals for better social and health issues, including retirement accommodation, etc.

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https://www.eurekavillages.com.au/villa ... gladstone/
Eureka Village Gladstone.
And here is a sample of what they get up to there!
https://www.facebook.com/clyde.stovold/ ... 5852533053
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I really loved living in this sort of community when I had more independence, they are all over Australia. I'm still not ready for a nursing home, and happily in one iof the 'in-betweens'. But for those needing nursing care I notice a new move to a cashless card, which may be of interest. https://www.australianageingagenda.com. ... -cashless/
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Once you're in an aged care home you sacrifice all personal responsibility. All decisions are made for you.

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It depends, Perry on your condition. Aged care in my case is retirement accommodation catering for various degrees of dependence. I was asked to choose if I wanted help showering, what furniture of my own I wanted, my menu preferences, manage my own medication, do my own laundry, many other things. We could come and go as we pleased. I came in as wanting only meals and bed linen, but gradually found other things on offer were helpful to me. Firstly getting my medication in a Webster pack, progressing later to them administering it for me. And so on.

Others have come in who are in a state of dementia. Their families have lodged their spending money at the office, and the staff care for them totally. This is not a Nursing Home, staff are only aged-care trained, not nurses, although the Manager is a nurse and always contactable even when off duty. Visiting doctors come regularly and are always on call, or ambulances if necessary. So these people are totally dependent, but others are in a variety of states. The more serious their condition, the more likely their families will move them to higher care - a Nursing Home.

There are many of these 'Assisted Living' homes about, not all for the aged, but for younger mentally or physically handicapped people. Many such homes have closed down as not being profitable, so we have an intake here of some of such people. These homes can also make their own rules in health emergencies, such as extra restrictions. At one stage if going out to an essential appointment, we were asked to name our driver. Not now, as taxis have code thingies to photo! Visitors need to be double vaxed now before coming in, and have their temperatures taken. We have had as yet no cases here.
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I was reading this morning that once you entered an aged care home you became the responsibility of the local health authority and such body overrode your decision-making capacity. Is that true for you?

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No, Perry, except that the premises are regularly checked by the local health authority. They must have some regulation of these places, like mice in the kitchen! I don't know of any applying to individuals, but in illness there certainly may be. And they may of course be behind our extra Covid restrictions, I don't know.

Aged care is a pretty broad term. I will when I have time do a search for all the different types of accommodation that it covers.
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In Vctoria we have, as well as Nursing Homes,
SDA - Specialist Disability Accommodation
SIL - Supported Independent Living
SRS - Supported Residential Services
Other States may differ.
Unlike in Nursing Homes which get government support, we can retain our government home care packages, and all services supplied by that administrator.

https://www.housing.vic.gov.au/supported-accommodation
You will find SRS info near the bottom. It states -

Supported Residential Services

Supported Residential Services (SRS) provide accommodation and support for people who need help in everyday life, for instance people who are frail or have a disability.

These services do not receive government funding, they are operated privately.

SRS providers must be registered with the state government and are monitored to ensure they provide certain standards of personal support and accommodation.

Services provided, people accommodated and fees charged vary based on the SRS provider.

See our Health website for more information about supported residential services.

Aged care homes
Residential care services provide accommodation and support for older people that need care and can no longer live at home.

The properties are owned and operated by individuals and organisations. They have Australian Government approval to provide residential care.

For more information:

See the My Aged Care website
Call 1800 200 422 (free call).
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This is not a Nursing Home -
http://www.pineviewhome.com.au/
If it doesn't take you through a tour, click on 'gallery'.
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That looks very pleasant and a cut above the average I would imagine.

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It's an SRS and large enough to survive while smaller ones are going broke and closing, and it gets many of their ex-residents.

Other accommodation attracts government funding, and is usually run by large companies such as BUPA, or local Health Services. Many of these have two facilities in the same grounds, an aged-care hostel and a higher care nursing home. They all want money deposited if you have the means.
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