Ageing in Place
Ageing in place refers to an aged care residence that can continue to accommodate and provide support to residents as their care needs increase, as long as the environment is appropriate to meet their needs.
Accommodation and care
In the past, services for people with low level care needs were provided in separate accommodation to those with high level care needs. BlueCross is able to accommodate people with both high and low care needs in the same residence. This means residents receive continuity of care as their needs increase, without the need to move.
All BlueCross residences offer varying levels of ageing in place, depending on the resident’s specific needs and the physical environment required. (The building needs to meet certain standards to ensure high care residents can be supported safely and appropriately – previous low care residences may not be equipped for certain high care needs.)
If the environment is no longer appropriate to ensure the wellbeing of the resident, we will consult with them and their family and consider other residences that may be able to better meet the person’s needs.
To read more about ageing in place, visit the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website.
Benefits of ageing in place
There are many benefits to ageing in place:
- Residents receive continuity of care and families have peace of mind.
- People can maintain the relationships they have developed with staff and residents.
- All our staff are qualified and trained to provide various levels of care, including specialised nursing, dementia care and palliative care.
- Ageing in place is particularly beneficial for couples as it may allow them to remain together even if one of them has a significant change to his/her care needs over time.