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The days of going straight into aged care if you can’t quite manage things at home on your own are gone.

The path into full-time residential care now is a much longer one, with the Federal Government focussed on encouraging older Australians to stay in their homes longer and to “age in place”.

Halcyon project director of established communities Karen Carey, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the aged care sector, said the Australian Government is pouring significant resources into helping people to age in place.

This includes the funding of various levels of in-home care services such as housekeeping, home maintenance, nursing care, personal care and transport through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.

Ms Carey said although Halcyon does not offer in-home care, community staff can provide information and assistance to homeowners who may need to begin the assessment process.

“That assessment will determine if someone is eligible to receive some level of Home Support, or maybe even full-time residential care,” she said.

“Some of our homeowners have care coming into their homes now.

“And the extent of that in-home care ranges from someone coming in to help with a bit of housework once a week through to daily help with many aspects of a person’s day.”

With the Government’s policy focus in mind, Halcyon has always adopted the principles of ageing in place to help homeowners remain independent for as long as possible.

This has recently been extended to embrace Livable Housing Design (LHD) which delivers homes that are designed to make ageing in your own place even easier and less costly.

They are smart and simple features applied during the construction process so that you don’t have to worry about them down the track.

All Halcyon homes are now delivered with LHD’s silver level of design features as standard. These include step-free entry to the home, wider doorways and halls, a hobless shower recess, and reinforced walls around the toilet, bath and shower to allow the safe installation of grab rails down the track.

But what if full-time residential care is your next step?

Ms Carey said the choice of aged care facility depends on the complexity of your care needs and the facility’s capability to meet them. And once again, Halcyon staff can help you through the process.

It’s handy to know that all Halcyon communities are located close to five-star aged care establishments operated by Arcare, which prides itself on offering the gold standard in care since 1997.

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