When you can’t continue to care at home you may consider looking for a suitable residential care facility. There are resources and services available to help you with this process.
RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES AND VACANCIES
Listings of Facilities, and Respite Vacancies and Permanent Vacancies
Facilities and vacancies in South Australia are available on the Catalyst Foundation website.
Fact Sheets: Catalyst Foundation has a comprehensive range of fact sheets available on their website.
They can talk with you about all aspects of accessing services, and fee structure for aged care services and accommodation. They run monthly information session on these topics. Call 8168 8702 for information.
You can visit the Aged Care Guide website to search for Nursing Homes, Home Care Services and Retirement Villages. It also lists permanent nursing home vacancies.
ASSISTANCE WITH PLACEMENT IN CARE
When you can’t continue to care at home you may consider looking for a suitable residential care facility. This is a complex and difficult decision to make and to follow through on.
As well as identifying suitable facilities, and completing forms requesting placement, there will be financial factors to be thought through, and Centrelink to be consulted.
Other decisions may arise that affect your lifestyle and future needs and those of your family, and which need to be carefully considered.
Carers say it can take time to work through all the processes and to handle the feelings that may arise.
You can choose to use an Aged Care Placement Consultant who will, for a fee, assist you with the processes and find a placement for you. This can be useful in an urgent situation.
Catalyst Foundation has a comprehensive range of Fact Sheets about the process of finding permanent care for the person you care for.
Alzheimer’s Australia SA runs information seminars on this topic and it has resources under Planning Ahead (Start2Talk) which includes a Quick Planning Guide containing information and worksheets to guide your thinking and discussion in planning ahead.
In South Australia you can use an Advance Care Directive to specify your wishes for future care.