We explain the 3 main types of aged care in Australia and how you can improve delivery of aged care services in your care home.
Residential care refers to the general care and support that is provided in a standard elderly care home. Usually, this is a form of government-funded aged care, however there are a plethora of private residential aged care services as well. This permanent residential aged care can last many years, or as long as the resident needs.
Also known as personal care or assisted living, residential care homes usually have many older people living collectively in single rooms. Services included with residential care can include washing, dressing, administering, and giving medication. Depending on the personal needs of a resident, aged care service can also include helping with eating and exercising.
On a day-to-day basis, staff help to support residents through all times of the day:
Short-term care describes a care arrangement for a shorter period. This is usually applicable for residents that have just come out of a hospital stay following a period of illness or surgery. However, it can also be a relief for families that may not have the resources to provide care for a specific time. This aged care system can be broken down into 2 different categories:
Home care allows for everyday living in a senior's own home, while still receiving all the health care support services they need. It can be a great option for residents that needs extra help in and around the house, where they can still live independently and happily and remain in familiar surroundings. It's also a convenient option if family members are not easily accessible as it can provide them with relief.
Home aged care programs also help seniors to get out of the house, whether it's doing exercise, pursuing hobbies or even socialising. Should you request, home carers can even visit family members or accompany you on holidays to ensure your safety and wellbeing needs are met.
Delivering outstanding residential aged care can be achieved with the help of expert carers who are trained in accommodating an individual's need and provide them with the right service at the right time.
However, for carers to work most efficiently, the latest up-to-date technology is paramount. With communication and management systems in place, it can make coordination between carers much simpler, and residents will be able to communicate faster when they have an issue. There are many great tools to help caring for residents more convenient, while helping to maximise residents’ daily happiness and comfort.
Centrim Life is an all-in-one operations management and community engagement software that makes all aspects of care life more convenient. It offers a complete suite of modules that you can specifically pick and choose, based on your facility's needs. Some of the features include:
A carer's primary focus is to provide support to residents and ensure their needs are being met at a fast pace. If they're wrapped up in admin work, things can take a lot longer and some residents aren't always able to receive the right treatment when they need it. Utilising Centrim Life will allow for a much quicker communication, where a resident can either order food directly online or communicate that they need assistance at a specific time. This will instantly notify a carer who will be able to address the issue in the shortest space of time possible.
Visitor management services can also make it much quicker to plan for family visits and prevent pointless time being wasted on admin work, making the process quicker for both the family and the resident.
At PCS, we aim to provide only the best quality of life to all residents and using the best monitoring and management tools available is a great way to help achieve this goal. If you wish to trial the software, you can book a demo on our Centrim Life page. If you have any additional queries or are interested in setting up the best management tools for your care home, don't hesitate to contact us.