Moving into aged care is a big decision, and one that can seem daunting initially. For many older people, it represents an enormous move and a huge lifestyle change – and in some ways, it is. You’re no longer living on your own, but are living in a different house, a different suburb (maybe even a different town) and with different people – and your day-to-day is going to look different. You’re also likely to have a lot more free time on your hands. In those ways, your life will certainly change somewhat.
However, in some ways, life in an aged care facility will stay somewhat similar to your old lifestyle. You’re still free to choose how to spend your time, who to socialise with, if you want to travel, and to be as much or as little involved with the community as you want. You can take care of your own finances, see your own doctor, have family and friends to visit and participate in your hobbies.
And in many other ways, life will improve once you’re a resident of an aged care home. Here’s what you can expect.
The chance to make new friends and be more social
Loneliness is a big issue for older people, and can often lead to depression, mental health issues and very poor health outcomes. Research has repeatedly shown that there are enormous mental, emotional and physical benefits to remaining socially active in your senior years. socially-active seniors enjoy a lower risk of dementia, a stronger immune system, better mental health, and even experience longer life.
Aged care facilities provide a community of similarly-aged people in close proximity, that will alleviate any loneliness you may be experiencing and allow you to connect with new friends and companions. Good ones have a wonderful community feeling and provide a positive and uplifting sense of belonging that can be life-changing for older people.
The chance to undertake new (and old) activities
In an aged care facility, there are always going to be plenty of activities on the go. There may be events to attend, excursions and outings to join or community initiatives to get involved in – but you’ll usually find plenty of choice. You’ll have the chance to keep up with your previous activities and hobbies, or try something new that you just may end up loving.
The chance to feel safer and more secure
Aged care facilities remove the vulnerability that older people often feel when living in their own homes, especially at night. They offer safety and security features to help their residents feel supported, comfortable and safe. Plus, being part of a community rather than living in isolation means extra security and peace of mind.
The chance to free up your time
Housework and chores can get more and more difficult as you age, and often end up taking far too much or your time – or not being done at all because you can’t manage it. In an aged care home, all the chores, housework, cleaning and gardening are done for you – leaving you free to enjoy your time with activities, hobbies, socialising, watching TV, reading – or whatever you wish to do.
So, what is life like in an aged care facility? It brings many benefits to the lives of older people, and makes their lives happier, more social and more secure.
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