March 5, 2024

Surviving and Thriving in the Aged Care System

Allied health services

The first stage of any journey into the Aged Care system is survival. The system itself presents some inherent challenges that are often difficult to navigate, particularly when you’re first getting started. It can take some time to learn the ropes and understand the role of your provider, of the funding, and yourself, which is why we always recommend getting into the system earlier than perhaps you feel you need to. For more information on getting in sooner rather than later, read this article.

What does it take to survive and then in turn thrive in the Aged Care system? Ultimately, it begins with being informed. This comes from conversations with family members and loved ones whereby you can better determine what level of care you need. While such discussions can often be difficult or confronting, their importance cannot be overstated as far as preparing you for the road ahead. 

From these conversations, you can begin your research into which Aged Care provider you would like to go with. Now that you know what you need, or at least you have a better idea of what you need, you can start to look for a provider who is best suited to your situation. Not all providers will want to specifically cater to you. For some, it’s easier to lump customers into different buckets rather than view them as ‘real’ people with real, individual needs. You can use tools such as the aged care commission website where you can view star ratings and details on different providers to help find your perfect fit.

Through these steps, you can give yourself the best chance to survive in the Aged Care system but to truly thrive and get the best experience possible, you must be willing to collaborate. Thriving occurs when all parties are working and communicating together – the person/s receiving care, the care providers, and the loved ones/friends and family of the care receiver. There are going to be days when workers fail to show up on time, when your provider is not so easy to reach, or when a planned activity falls through. This kind of collaboration comes down to knowing what to do in these situations. If you are a loved one who is unsure of what their role is, the best way to find out is to speak to your provider and find out what it is that they need from you. 

Thriving in the Aged Care system can be a challenge. At the end of the day, we are talking about ensuring that you or someone very close to you is receiving the best care possible so that they can live as well as possible. So start those talks, get stuck into some research, and be ready and willing to fulfill your role, because Aged Care should be about more than survival.

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