Aged Care Placement Consultants Adelaide
How Can I Help?
Browse the consultation, support, and placement services below, to find a level of engagement that’s right for your situation.
You will know when the time is right to call.
While independence is good, some seniors start to consider their own accommodation and would like to talk with someone who can explain, for example, the practical differences between an ILU, a serviced apartment, and supported or assisted living.
As care needs develop, family and other supports usually become involved and a combination of risk factors and carer stress comes to dominate a growing list of concerns. These are further complicated by waiting times for Home Care Services, and then the potential inadequacy of contact hours once those services have been engaged. From there, once terms such as ‘respite’, ‘permanent’, and ‘fees’ start to enter the conversation, the plot really begins to thicken, and questions with it.
But the calculus changes even more dramatically once someone is admitted to hospital and deemed unsafe to return home by treating staff; there’s suddenly no more time to gather information and weigh options at your own pace. This is the pointy end of aged care, where the learning curve is steepest, time most critical, and the greatest number need professional help to steer the course and find a good outcome.
At any stage of your journey, I can help you orientate yourselves on the aged care map and explain what lies in each direction, in plain English. I lift a veil and provide you with clarity and focus.
We begin with your observations since a decline in independence was first noted, which leads into a detailed conversation about current care needs, risk factors, and carer stress. From there, we can start talking about the way forward and it’s also becoming clear what level of formal engagement the family would like from me, per the services listed below.
The meeting concludes with a timetable and strategies established for managing your chosen course of action, plus engagement forms enabling representation for a placement process, if so required.
Formal paperwork completed accurately and professionally:
● Referral Letters
● Request for Combined Assets & Income Assessment forms [SA457]
● Permanent and Respite Application forms
● Other forms as required (e.g. Continence Aids Payment Scheme)
● Fax services (form lodgement, Health Summary requests, and more)
● Scan & copy services
For families, permanent placement involves significant and complex decisions, normally including large sums of money and made in an unwelcome hurry at a time of distress. Confusion when first faced with the system is common and getting it right the first time is imperative.
I provide, professional assistance to understand the process, the costs involved, how care needs relate to offers, and what it all means specifically for your relative or loved one; informed advice on residential care facility selection, based on standards of care; and best-practice in all documentation and presentation of a candid yet highly effective case for placement.
I personally guide your family through the entire process and prepare you for the weeks and months beyond admission. That includes close liaison with aged care providers, hospitals and other relevant healthcare professionals. Further, where required I can attend appointments such as the viewing of an offer; of particular use to those living an inconvenient distance from Adelaide, or travelling.
An aged care crisis, such as an unexpected hospital visit, can strike with little or no warning. When returning home is not an option, time is short and options are few. While often less than ideal for the needs of the person involved, in these circumstances a period of respite can grant the necessary time to find a quality permanent outcome.
The availability of pre-booked carer respite, in the traditional sense, varies over time and place as providers respond to our evolving aged care system. I advise on the best path forward and assist with the process following discussion of your family’s needs.
Approaching Home Care Services
Often the first of aged care services to be sought following ACAT assessment, care into the home has been warmly encouraged by federal government aged care reforms over recent years. But it’s important to know what (and what not) to expect and have a realistic plan for the short to medium term ahead.
I work with your family to develop and refine holistic strategies to approach and manage the changing care needs of your loved one.
Approaching Retirement Accommodation
There is much for seniors to consider before making a major change to one’s living arrangements. Especially timing. I advise on the not-so-obvious implications of independent living versus serviced apartments, explain the various costing models behind all, recommend providers, and manage the process as required.
Please contact me to discuss your situation or any further questions regarding my services.