Whether we like it or not, most of us are going to require some form of care as we get older. While many are weighing up the pros and cons of living at home versus moving into residential aged care facility, there is another option.
According to the Housing Decision of Older Australians report, released by the Federal Government’s Productivity Commission, more than 60 per cent of older Australians would prefer to ‘age in place’ by staying in their own homes.
However, with many older Australians waiting more than 12 months for a home care package, coupled with research showing the negative health impact of loneliness on seniors, growing old at home is often not the utopia it is thought to be.
This can leave many seniors and their families feeling like they have limited options, unless they find out about alternative aged care options like Seasons Aged Care. Seasons offers a medium between the autonomy of home and the safety, social opportunities and care offered in a community setting.
One such couple is Bert and Gloria who made the decision to move to Seasons Waterford West five years ago. With the couple in good health, choosing to move to Seasons allowed them to maintain their independence and have access to quality care when they need it.
“We’re fit and well enough now, but who knows what we’d be like next year. Here we don’t have to move into a nursing home, we can have the best of palliative care, we can have it in our own apartment here. And that’s a pretty big thing,” said Bert.