Giving disability care for your elderly loved one is a daunting task, not to mention other problems that may arise at any time. Also, it can also bring a great toll on your health, as the caregiver, due to juggling both work and family and caring obligations.
Because of this, some families in many parts of Australia prefer to send their disabled elderly to aged care facilities to give them a better life in spite of their disability and to help the family focus on earning money to pay for such services.
Care Services Available for Disabled Seniors
Aged care facilities are expected to have a wide range of services for both independent active seniors and disabled seniors. Commonly, these facilities have the following services.
- Permanent residential care – This is the most common service offered by aged care facilities. In this type of care, comprehensive care and support are given to seniors inside these facilities. This includes the normal day-to-day activities as if inside their own homes, emergency care, and regular health checkups.
- Sensitive care for Dementia patients – Because Dementia is a common age-related illness that may affect anyone; aged care facilities make it as part of disability care and help both the patients and their families live better amidst the disease.
- Palliative care for seniors – This is also called a disability care for the elderly and is aimed to provide a complete (physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual) care for the elderly with terminal illnesses. Also, this kind of care is sometimes extended to the families of the patients to give them a balanced life even with a huge responsibility of caring for their seniors.
- Respite care – some families prefer to take care of their elderly loved ones at home. This eventually exhausts them as most of them also have their own jobs and families to take care of. Because of this, disability care services, such as the Essendon respite care include respite care to give caregivers some time to relax from a tiresome responsibility.
- In-house and community-based activities – Residential care facilities in Australia are mostly governed by the philosophy to create a community of seniors with or without disabilities inside safe and comfortable homes inside an exclusive compound. This is done mainly to give seniors the opportunity to live better lives, socialise with one another, and do daily activities with the supervision of disability care and medical professionals and caregivers who can attend to them round the clock.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The Australian government initiated the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 which aim to support Australians with permanent and significant disability and their families and caregivers. This is intended not only for the seniors 65-year-old and above but for those who are aged 50 to 64 as well, given that they are eligible recipients of the services.