As we age and reach our twilight years, considering assisted living becomes an important necessity. In Australia, the age pension has slowly been increasing. The current age limit sits at 65 years old with plans to increase that every six months over a 2 year period until the age pension reaches 67 on the 1st of July 2023, according to the Australian Governments Department of Human Services.
There’s also no fixed retirement age in Australia either. While health, employment and your partner all impact when you might retire, without a doubt, personal finances largely dictate when you retire.
Assisted living centres are available for a wide spectrum of society beyond the frail and elderly. Those with disabilities and mental cognition impairment are unable to adequately look after themselves without supervised assistance. With professional assistance, independence and a high quality of life can be maintained.
In helping to guide your choice, we have listed below a few of the factors you might consider when choosing assisted living providers.
The greatest benefit of assisted living is successful stories where individuals have reintegrated back into Australia. Employment allows for enumeration, or in other words a living wage that can help support everyday living costs. You feel a sense of contribution to society. Choosing a business with employment opportunities can be leveraged to subsidise the service cost.
An important part of life is rest. With proper rest we can bounce back from the many stresses of life to even exceed our productivity had we continually pursued burdensome loads. Care services that offer a range of social rank highly.
Giving back and serving other people can have therapeutic effects on both the mind and body. Rendering service to others heals the soul. Not all disabled, mentally impaired, or aged social groups, are given adequate opportunities to give back to the general public.
In some cases, immediate or extended family are able to accommodate the support of needs. Yet flexibility or the allowance of relief is a welcome thing. A casual schedule with certain hours or days for assisted living care may be more beneficial.
Have you ever heard of the saying that if you give a man a fish, he will be hungry in an hour. But if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. And so it is with successfully teaching independence to others. Going above and beyond the mark with service is always the best. The objective is to help people help themselves. In other cases, this may not be possible with degenerative situations where repercussions exacerbate.
Everyone needs a break, and no I am not just talking about time away for relaxation. Holiday time is a chance to completely disconnect from work life and other daily struggles. Reducing stress is usually cited as the common benefit for a holiday. Improves creativity, boosts confidence, low moods and immunity. Despite the benefits, not every worker uses their paid leave.
Knowing that you have someone to talk to is comforting. Increased ability to handle stressful situations. Simply knowing someone is aware of you and understands your situation alleviates emotional distress. Many people keep issues bottled up, and that gets blood boiling increasing blood pressure. Consequently, proper social support relieves these symptoms.
NDIS government support
In Australia, the NDIA (national disability insurance agency) can fund some assisted living. Because of the variety of third-party support carers that can exist, not every company is a registered provider. Choose your plan carefully and shop around. Self-care is important, so that the time to think wisely about your decision.