Aging in Place - Elderly Wellness & Independent Living Solutions

CARING FOR MY ELDERLY RELATIVE WHO WANTS TO MAINTAIN THEIR INDEPENDENCE
Are you wondering if you can get some help with day-to-day tasks around the house?

Time To Call You provides scheduled regular wellbeing calls.
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Maybe you need some respite care while your family or carer is away?
Or perhaps it’s time to look into aged care homes.

There are many services that can help you maintain a good quality of life as you get older.

If you are just starting out on your aged care journey, the My Aged Care website is a good section for you.
There they aim to answer your questions and guide you through what you need to do.
Help at home - As you get older, living independently in your own home can become more difficult. If you’re finding it harder to do the things you used to, you can ask for some help.
Short-term care - Maybe you need some help after a hospital stay, or support if your regular family carer is taking a holiday. Short-term care can help you cope with life’s interruptions.
Aged care homes - You might be at a stage where you no longer feel able to live independently at home, even with carer support or home care services to help you. If that’s the case, it may be time to consider moving into an aged care home.

Visit the My Aged Care webiste: www.myagedcare.gov.au

The following decribe solutions which assist you in living in your own home when you may need a little extra support...

TO A CASE STUDY FOR STUDENTS

EXAMPLE AGING IN PLACE CASE STUDY

Meet Mary, 72 and living in her own home

  • Mary lives in her own home.
  • She has two sons, Mark & Simon and a daughter Susan.
    - Mark is single, and travels alot inter-state for work.
    - Simon is a teacher and has a wife and two teenage children.
    - Susan works part-time and has a 3 year old child.
    - Each live about 2 hours away from Mary.
  • Mary is independent and lives in her own home.
    She is 72 years old and has an active life with frends near by.
  • Mary has a progressive illness which is slowly interrupting her independence.
  • Mary needs to take several medications each day.
  • Mary has occasions when her illness prevents her from leaving the house for long periods of time.
  • Mary's children are worried about her, they argue about who should keep in touch and look after her. They each want visibility as to how she is and how they can support her - but distance and other responsibilities cause issues.
  • Her G.P. is concerned she sometimes misses taking her medications on time which effect her wellbeing.
  • When housebound, Mary often gets upset and depressed and misses her social network - but she doe not like to complaim or seem to be a burden.

Independent Living Services That Support Mary

Voice Check-In

The Time To Call You Voice Check-In calls Mary once a week and runs a short survey to check Mary's overall wellbeing.

Meds Reminder

The Time To Call You Meds Reminder Service calls Mary in the morning and late afternoon to remind her to take her Meds, and gets confirmation from Mary that she has taken the Meds correctly.

General Wellbeing

The Time To Call You surveys also track any sleepless nights, night time trips to the toilet, dizzy spells, headaches etc
These could be indicators to poor wellbeing. Tracking these and providing a summary for her carers, children, social service worker or GP/Doctor can help give a better overview of how she is doing and what needs she may have.

Regular Reports & Alerts

The Time To Call You will take the collected information and create summaries to be sent out to the people Mary has nominated.
Mary's GP will get a different report to the one the children recieve. Reports are dynmaically created based on needs.
IMPORTANT: No information is shared with anybody unless the end client (e.g. Mary) has agreed to share that information.




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