As we age, it’s normal to need a bit of extra help. But if life were to change suddenly, and a quick decision had to be made, would you receive the type of care you’d want? It makes sense to have a future care plan in place. So, you, your loved ones and your care provider will all be on the same page, when the time comes.
Most older adults need help in some way, at some point in their life. And unfortunately, circumstances can often change quickly, and without warning. That’s why it’s important to start thinking today, about the type of care you’d like to receive later. Investigate the options in your area; do you want to live in an aged care facility? Or would you prefer to enlist the help of an in home care provider? Nominate the type of care, and the provider that will best suit your lifestyle. And communicate your choice with your loved ones.
Identify Your Wishes
Our lifestyle is important to us. But if you suddenly become ill, your loved ones may not know the ins and outs of your daily routine. So, identify and write down your preferences, big or small. Anything from favourite meals, to showers instead of baths, or favourite TV shows. This way, when it comes time to receive care, your friends, family, and care provider can help you live your life, on your terms.
Nominate An Advocate
Once you’ve decided what kind of care you’d like to receive, and made note of any other lifestyle preferences, it’s a good idea to appoint someone to speak on your behalf. This person can be a friend or a family member—someone who knows you, and that you trust. In the event you become ill or are unable to communicate your wishes, this person can speak to medical professionals or anyone else involved in your care, on your behalf. To make sure you receive the care and live the lifestyle that best suits you.
If you’re ready to start planning your future care, Simply Helping is here. Our range of in home care services are flexible and can be tailored to you and your lifestyle. Click here to learn more about the services available in your area and contact us today.