There are many myths and misconceptions within the aged care industry, which often make it difficult for people to access the right information for what they need.
As a team of expert aged care coordinators, My Care Path is here to dispel misinformation and help you navigate the system with ease and clarity to get the best results for your circumstances and requirements.
MYTH: Residents are locked into one facility
There is a misconception that once a resident is admitted into a facility, they are required to stay there. This is false – just as your permanent address can change if you move house, there is flexibility around living in aged care.
There may be charges associated with moving out of an aged care facility. Typically this can be between 7 and 14 days’ worth of fees, with a similar notice period.
Residents are not locked into a facility physically, either – while doors are locked for safety reasons, residents are permitted to leave the facility any time if they have the ability to do so. Similarly, visitors can come and go freely.
MYTH: Aged care is not affordable
The perception that aged care is only for those who have money is false. There is affordable accommodation for everyone in every financial bracket, and the aged care system is geared to cater for people of different backgrounds. While not everyone will be able to afford every facility, there are still good options available if you don’t have a lot of money, and there are a variety of ways to pay for your accommodation.
MYTH: You have to sell your home if you move into aged care
This is false. Whether or not you wish to sell your home before you move into aged care is your choice. However, it is important to understand the consequences of home ownership while in aged care – keeping your home may incur or affect fees and charges, including your pension, if you lease it out.
MYTH: All aged care facilities are the same and can meet every client’s needs
This is a dangerous misconception about aged care. All facilities are different, and not all facilities have the resources to look after individual’s specific needs, especially for more advanced illnesses such as dementia.
You do not have to take the first vacancy that is offered to you – it’s important to look at the options and consider the facility as a whole, not just a room. Will you fit in to the community, and can they offer the level of care needed?
Differences in facilities may include physical environment (the building itself as well as individual rooms), setup and care models, activities program, religion and cultural mix and extra services offered.
Facilities have a right of refusal if they do not feel that they can meet your needs in the current vacancy, or that you will not fit into their facility mix.
MYTH: There is no one to help you move into aged care
This is false. Aged care coordination services such as My Care Path exist as a trusted independent advisor to help people identify appropriate aged care options and navigate the administrative side of the process.
MYTH: Public aged care facilities are better than private
There are significantly more private residential aged care facilities than public or state-owned facilities. In Victoria, 5,400 out of 50,000 beds are in the public system, largely in regional areas and usually small and attached to a hospital. This means that it is more likely you will end up in private care. Private residential aged care includes both for-profit and not-for-profit facilities.
All facilities, including public, private for-profit and not-for-profit residential, are managed under the same federal regulatory system but are run by individual providers.
MYTH: More information makes the situation more transparent
Especially in a complex area such as aged care, transparency requires more than simply an increase of available information. The jargon used in the aged care industry is often difficult to understand for those outside of the profession. We need to ensure that information is accessible and available in a format that everyone can understand, including people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. To create transparency, information needs to be accessible and consistent in both language and process.
Do you or someone you know require an aged care solution? Contact us today and make an inquiry.