transition to residential care
Everyone's ageing journey, and their path to residential care, is unique.
Informed by first-hand experience, Sharing the Care was initiated by Uniting AgeWell’s Tasmanian-based social worker Heidi Morton in response to the amount of carer stress she witnessed when the person they care for transitions into residential care.
Part of Uniting AgeWell’s approach to mental health and wellbeing, the kit content was developed through consultation with family carers via a series of focus groups, as well as with residents, staff and health professionals.
“We aim to reassure carers what they are going through is quite
normal,” Heidi says. “And that both the carer and the resident need to be okay
for you both to be okay.”
How Sharing the Care can help?
Our support kit helps you to navigate:
- Emotional pressures and compassion fatigue
- Self-motivation and creating your own support network
- Who to contact when life is feeling hard
- Paperwork and sorting things out
- Getting services at home
- Ways to support a person with dementia
- Getting the person you care for settled into their new home
- Safety concerns
- Ways to take care of yourself
How we assist carers, like Alice, at every step
Alice grew up one of fifteen children and quickly learnt how to get on with getting on. But waking up at all hours of the night to care for her 93-year-old husband, Rex, showering and feeding him, and taking him to the toilet took its toll on her. And she helplessly watched as his dementia worsened.
Rex soon moved into Uniting AgeWell Latrobe Community Strathdevon. He’s been happy and content from the get-go, and Alice says the level of care is excellent.
Despite this, she was unprepared for the rollercoaster of emotions she still finds herself on: guilt, relief, happiness, emptiness, sadness … “You name it, I feel it!” she says.
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