Moving into an Arcare residence
Moving permanently into residential aged care is a major life transition. As with any significant change, feelings of loss, fear, uncertainty, and sadness are common.
Residents have to adjust and cope with things such as unfamiliar surroundings and people; living in close proximity to others; loss of independence; loss of important roles in the family and wider community; missing the family home; and being unable to bring many of their cherished possessions into the new space. It is important that the depth and impact of these losses are recognised by everyone.
Residents need time and support to adjust to and continue growing through this time of change.
Outside the Arcare Residential Community
It is important that you maintain your usual activities and interests in the wider community as much as possible. This includes visiting the homes of family and friends, and continuing to participate in hobbies, spiritual activities and other outside interests.
Please do not hesitate to discuss the logistics of this with employees; they are able to provide you and your family with advice on transferring in and out of a car, loan of wheelchair, use of a multipurpose taxi etc.
Our lifestyle program and bus outings will also provide opportunities for you to continue to participate in the wider community.
Your role in the Arcare Community
We would also like to encourage you to participate in and contribute to the life of the Arcare Community. For instance: you might like to spend a little time with or assist other residents who do not have many family connections; perhaps running or helping out with a social or leisure group is something you might be interested in; or forming close relationships with and supporting other residents and families; helping out with events; or sharing your creativity and talents with the community. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please speak with the Lifestyle Coordinator.
We would love to learn about you and about the things you might be willing to contribute to the Arcare and wider community. We are all in this together.
The right to make choices
At Arcare we recognise and support the right of each resident to continue to make choices about the way they live their life. We understand that choices carry with them certain risks, and that each resident and family will have different ideas about how to balance out freedom, rights and risk. We strive to keep an open dialogue with you and your family in order to maintain an agreed balance between freedom, rights and risk so that you are able to make choices about the things that you do to the greatest extent possible.
Together we hope to create a community where you and your family are able to build friendships, develop trust, and share wonderful times together.