In recent times, home care, particularly independent living, has very much become a popular choice for elderly people who don’t want to live in an aged care facility.
As we are a Victorian-based home care provider that specialises in independent living care, we thought it would be beneficial to explore how this type of care can help the elderly access a high quality of life.
If you are working with your loved one on exploring aged care plans, then you might wish to look into independent living at home. As the name suggests, home care is care services that can be provided in the comfort of one’s home.
This removes the difficulty of leaving a place that you have called home for most of your life. It allows you to stay in a place that you are comfortable and familiar with.
An aged care facility won’t necessarily be suitable for everyone and living independently at home can provide a suitable alternative that can be beneficial for a number of reasons.
Independent living offers a number of benefits that you wouldn’t be able to access through other care options. Below are some reasons we thought, as a Bayswater aged care provider, would be useful to share with you as to how independent living can help improve the quality of life for the elderly.
More Than Just The Essentials for Home Care
Any elderly individual who opts for an independent living home care plan will have access to various levels of support depending on a number of factors.
These levels of support include everything from gardening to arranging transportation and shopping just to mention a few different levels of support.
In saying that, independent living home care can go further than this. As mentioned previously, the key benefit is that it can be personalised to suit the client, based on their needs and their goals.
For example, independent living home care services can focus on assisting you with activities that you are finding difficult to do or don’t necessarily enjoy doing. This then allows you to focus on your interests and hobbies.
Furthermore, the services offered can also be based on helping you learn something new. Many elderly people are no longer satisfied with letting life move on without them and prefer to be up-to-date with any new changes to ensure they are ahead of the curve.
The right aged care provider will ensure that their clients have all the necessary time and resources to learn these desired new skills in their own time and, more importantly, at their own pace.
Their Voice is Important Too
Another key benefit to living independently is that it ensures an elderly person can access their right to be heard.
As a home care provider in Victoria, we absolutely believe they should.
One problem with aged care facilities is that they can often deliver cookie-cutter solutions i.e. a one size fits all solution where the individual’s unique needs and requirements are not considered or met.
This is partly due to the limitations of this type of care setup where one carer is in charge of many residents.
With independent living care arrangements – this isn’t the case.
Instead, the solution is absolutely personalised and as such can be entirely based on the needs of the elderly person.
They are able to ask for exactly what they want from their chosen independent living home care provider which ensures they can maintain their independence and dignity all at the same time.
In short, they will have more control of their life whereas in a care facility it can seem like every aspect of their life is now being managed by someone else.
If you would like to find out more about how our Victorian aged care home care packages can support you, please click here to leave an enquiry or call us on (03) 8720 1338.