Although there is no official online ranking system such as a “top 10 aged care providers in Sydney”, there are certain things that you can look for when choosing a home.
Start by making a list. Most people will inevitably face the decision of having to move out of their own home and into residential aged care at some point in their life. Nobody knows what to expect when they’re moving into aged care and transitioning into aged care can be difficult, however you can make it easier by creating a list of what you want from your residential aged care provider.
The list could ask questions such as:
● Is the residential aged care home focused on its residents and if so, how does it demonstrate this?
● How does the home cater to residents from different cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs or lifestyle choices?
● How does the home include residents’ relatives?
● What access do residents have to specialist support in clinical, allied health and daily living?
● How does the home care for residents with dementia?
● Does the home offer end of life or palliative care options?
At SummitCare, we understand what features people look for in residential aged care. For more than 50 years, we’ve been operating nursing homes in Sydney and Wallsend, Newcastle, looking after thousands of people. One of the issues we see is the concern that when people move into residential aged care, they may lose their security or privacy. We can assure you that you won’t. We believe that the home you choose is exactly that, it’s your home and as such we will treat it like it is, giving you the respect you deserve. If you want privacy in your room or to relax outside, we will give you the support to do so.
If you are unsure about moving into a home, then we encourage you and your family or carer to visit the home first so you can get a feel for it. You can even “try before you buy” by taking advantage of our respite services.
A major factor that influences the quality of the home is how a residential aged care provider treats its residents. When people move into aged care they have no previous experience living in this kind of environment and the fear of the unknown is often more confronting than the reality.
Another anxiety that people may have is the loss of independence so they have to rely on others to get through the day or that someone else will make decisions for them. At SummitCare we give residents the opportunity to make as many decisions as they want. It could be choosing what activities to participate in, which also means that you won’t get bored when you’re living at SummitCare. We will also encourage you to continue your hobbies and interests, so if for example you like to go to the local bowling club, you will still be able to. If you’re part of a church congregation then you will have the freedom to attend services when you wish.
Each of SummitCare’s homes employ professional Leisure and Lifestyle Officers who organise activities for the residents to help them remain active and engaged. Participating in activities on a regular basis is essential for both a person’s physical and mental wellbeing. You will be introduced to our Leisure and Lifestyle Officers when you move into the SummitCare home and they will take the time to get to know you and what you like. Our care staff and nurses will also spend time with you, talking and getting to know you. Many of our residents have formed solid friendships with both staff and other residents.
We strive to create a warm and caring sense of community where you truly feel as if you belong. If you’d like to enquire about a home in your area, then give us a call and we’ll be happy to arrange a tour so you can get a feel for the home’s atmosphere.