1. How to recognise that it might be time for aged care

A general shift in your loved one’s ability to cope independently with normal activities of daily living, such as cooking, cleaning, and bathing, is especially of concern when they run the risk of compromised health. However, there are certain psycho-social behaviours that you should also look out for, such as:

  • Generally depressed
  • Loneliness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Unwillingness to socialise and lack of interest in hobbies or activities

2. Needs assessment

Make an appointment with NASC, an assessor will visit the home of your elderly relative to identify concerns and requirements. This may include a specialist geriatric assessment. If they are already hospitalised the assessment can happen at the hospital.

3. Apply for financial support

Once the assessment has been completed you can apply for financial support through Work & Income. The financial means assessment determines whether the applicant qualifies for Public Funding through a Residential Care Subsidy or a Residential Care Loan.

4. Plan of action

Your needs assessor will help you devise a plan for the services required based on the assessment results and help you with a list of facilities with the correct care options.

5. Choosing the right facility

It is important to select the right facility that your loved one will be happy and comfortable with. Take a tour of the facility, and ask key questions:

  • Management? Who owns the facility, and how experienced are the managers?
  • How often are the rooms cleaned?
  • Do they have an activities coordinator?
  • Are there any extra costs?
  • What rules are in place?
  • What is the complaints procedure?

You can check out Ministry of Health Rest Home Audits here 

6. Sign the agreement

Upon signing the admission agreement your loved one will then be protected by the terms agreed too and the assessed level of special care.

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