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What is High Care in Aged Care?

Post by Ruth Samer
July 9, 2024

When it’s time to start looking at aged care options, all the information out there can be a little overwhelming—especially when it comes to understanding the different levels of support available. Aged care is available at all stages and levels of need, but in this blog, we’ll take a closer look at high care aged care, designed for people who require more intensive assistance due to severe health conditions, for example.

What is High Care in Aged Care?

High care in aged care caters to elderly Australians who need constant, around-the-clock medical attention and personal assistance. This level of care is essential for those with complex medical conditions or those who are no longer able to live independently due to health decline. High care aged care is available from nursing homes (also known as aged care homes), which offer professional nursing care and access to care workers around the clock.

But what if your loved one would prefer to remain in the comfort of their own home? Like many older Australians, your loved one might not love the idea of moving away from their home and familiar surrounds, and into a live-in care facility. That’s why we at Care For Family specialise in providing high care aged care services from qualified and experienced care workers in the comfort of the home.

Services in high care (whether in the home or in a residential aged care facility) include comprehensive personal care, nursing care, medication management, dementia and Alzheimer’s care, support with mobility through the use of mobility aids, and more. These services are designed to offer a high level of support, ensuring safety and comfort, while promoting the best possible quality of life. At Care For Family, our approach integrates these services seamlessly thanks to our team of dedicated care workers and registered nurses, providing a continuum of care that respects each individual’s needs, lifestyle, and preferences.

Close-up of two pairs of hands clasped together, symbolising support and compassion in high care aged care services.

Distinguishing Between high care and Other Levels of Aged Care

What is high care in aged care, as opposed to other levels of care? It can seem tricky to grasp at first, but understanding the spectrum of care, from low care to high care, is crucial for making informed decisions about aged care services. High-level care differs significantly from low or intermediate care, primarily in the intensity and scope of services provided. While low care might offer support like meal preparation and general housekeeping, high care involves more intensive nursing care and constant support, including medical monitoring.

Intermediate care serves as a middle ground, offering more support than low care without the extensive medical services characteristic of high care. Each level is designed to match the person’s unique care requirements, ensuring they receive appropriate support based on their health status and abilities. At Care For Family, we assess each client’s needs to recommend the most suitable care level, ensuring every individual receives the right balance of independence and support. Not sure what level of support your loved one might need? Not to worry, we are here to help you figure it out.

How Care For Family Delivers High Care in Aged Care

At Care For Family, our approach to high-level aged care is centred on creating a supportive and compassionate environment. We understand that transitioning to a high-level care setting can be significant for both the person receiving care and their family members. That’s why our home care services are designed to provide not just medical support but also a nurturing atmosphere that honours each person's dignity, individuality, and preferences.

Our team of dedicated professionals, including registered nurses and trained carers, are available 24 hours a day, and even on a live-in basis, to ensure continuous and comprehensive care. From personal care tasks such as bathing and dressing to complex nursing care involving wound management and medication administration, every aspect of care is tailored to your loved one’s specific health needs. We also focus on dementia care, offering specialised support to enhance cognitive health and manage the common behavioural symptoms involved with dementia. Each of our team is screened and police checked, as well as trained and qualified to provide the highest level of professional, compassionate care. So, you can rest assured your loved one is in the best of hands, around the clock, no matter the level of care they require.

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Accessing High Care at Care For Family

Finding the right high care aged care services for your loved one involves understanding their eligibility and the assessment process. In Australia, the Australian Government provides a pathway through the My Aged Care system, where an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) evaluates your loved one’s care needs. This assessment determines whether high-level care, nursing home admission, or home care packages are most appropriate, and what types of care services will be covered.

At Care For Family, we assist families in navigating this process and liaise with health professionals to ensure a smooth transition into high care. Whether it’s immediate emergency care or planned long-term care, our team is equipped to provide the necessary support and make the transition as seamless as possible.

Why Choose Care For Family for High Care Aged Care Needs?

Choosing Care For Family means opting for an aged care service that prioritises your loved one's health, dignity, and quality of life. Our commitment to delivering high-quality care tailored to each client’s unique needs sets us apart. With a focus on comprehensive and flexible healthcare services and an extremely high quality of care, we ensure that all our clients receive the care, respect, and compassion they deserve.

Ready to discuss your loved one’s high care needs? Visit our high care services page or contact us directly to learn more about our offerings and how we can help support your family during this important time.

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