The ABC has reported that support to allow pets in residential aged care is growing. Currently many residential aged care homes forbid pets and residents are often forced to leave their companion/s behind when they move into a nursing home or retirement village. Whilst there are current support services to help elderly people find suitable homes for their pets if they are required to leave them behind, many are pushing for aged care providers to preserve the bond between residents and their pets.
The statistics regarding the future of aged care can be astounding. If dementia were a country, it would be the world’s 18th largest economy. If dementia was a company it would exceed American giant Wal-Mart’s profits by almost US$200 billion and Exxon Mobil’s profits by almost $US300 billion. The sheer cost and growth of dementia means that, according to Alzheimer’s Australia, Australia will face a shortage of 150,000 paid and unpaid carers by 2030.
Aged Care is an exciting, challenging and growing industry, offering many opportunities for caring and compassionate individuals looking for a rewarding career. Training organisations throughout Australia offer a Certificate qualifications in aged care and home care, providing students with the skills they require for employment in the Aged Care Industry.
Depending on your location, trying to find a vacancy in a residential aged care home (formerly known as hostels or nursing homes) for yourself or a loved one can be a longer process than expected. At Aged Care Online we often receive calls from people who have family members who have reached a stage where aged care is needed. What they often don’t realise is, that being assessed for residential aged care and then finding a suitable home could take at least 2-3 months.