Transitioning from community into nursing home care
Making the decision to admit a loved one to a Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) is one of the most distressing and difficult decisions a family can make. There may be anxiety and distress around making the right decision and this can be compounded by confusion, resistance and a caring family’s grief at ‘losing’ their loved one. The realisation that there are no other choices is extremely difficult to bear especially if moving into a RACF was the last thing your loved one wanted.
There are a number of things to look for in a Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) that can help both you and your loved one make this difficult transition. Asking yourself these questions can help you feel more in control of the transition, and this can allay any potential feelings of guilt, grief or distress.
Aged Care Assessment
If you, your loved one or family member is finding living at home, performing daily tasks such as shopping cooking or cleaning more difficult, you may need some support. Whatever the situation, there is support available. You may need to get an assessment by an Aged Care Assessment Team.
What is an ACAT?
An Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) is usually made up of a doctor, a nurse and social worker or other health professionals like occupational therapists or psychologist. The ACAT may be located at a hospital or community centre near you.
The role of this team is to work out how well you or your family member is able to cope with activities of daily living and personal care. They might ask questions about your day-to-day life including how easy it is to have a shower, put your shoes on, cook a meal or do the grocery shopping.
The ACAT can then give you more information about what services you may be eligible for, either in the community or in a residential aged care facility (RACF).
An assessment by an ACAT is free.
Where to Find an ACAT team near you?
You can call 1800 200 422 or click on this link to find an ACAT team near you.
Read about the 2013 Australian website with resources and information aimed at nursing staff who may be caring for elderly people with Intellectual Disability (ID)