Aging In Place

April 5, 2011

Now days many Nursing Homes or Nursing facilities try to cater for everyone needs, be it emotional needs, physical needs, or nutritional needs. Even religious beliefs are catered for in most Nursing Homes, along with the need to keep a resident in the same environment that they are used to being in.

Ageing In Place For All Residents

Most facilities try to keep residents living in an environment that they are comfortable with, used to and are happy to know. Before Ageing in Place was introduced residents were moved from one area of a Nursing Home into another area for a higher level of care! It was considered normal to move a resident once they were no longer able to receive the care they needed. It was called Low-Care and High-Care areas.

Low Care Residents

Low Care areas in a nursing home were for residents who are able to provide much of their own day to day living care, with maybe a small amount of assistance. A resident was allowed to be in low care as long as they could move freely, dress themselves, make their own choices and receive minimum assistance from an aged care Nurse.

High Care Residents

High Care areas were originally meant for residents that were not able to look after themselves, in most cases the residents  were in either a fall-out chair, or in bed full time. The residents are mostly like two assist and need care for basic needs as well high care Рsuch as toileting, dressing, feeding, bathing and personal needs to keep a person alive.

New Aging In Place

Once the the aging in place came into effect with the Commonwealth Aged Care Act 1997 residents were able to stay in one place!  It means that nursing homes are able to care for residents in one place and when they become more dependent, they can, subject to appraisal by a government assessment team, claim a higher level of reimbursement. It was a law that was brought in to protect the aged care person from having to be moved.

Positive and Negatives To Aging In Place

The positive side to aging in place is the aged care person is not taken from the environment that they are familiar with, to a total different area of where they do not recognize anyone, or any of the carers.

The negative side is to keeping an aged care person in place is that some carers do not receive any training on how to provide quality of care to an resident who has become totally dependent. Also most places do not allow extra staff, or extra time for those that do become more high care, and the resident could suffer. Their care needs could be skipped altogether (Such as toileting needs) or so rushed that the resident suffers from the treatment.

Aging In Place only works when a Nursing Home can provide the extra staff members, extra high level of care, and have the room to cater for the equipment that is needed to assist with the resident who will need specialised equipment.

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