When most of us think about ageing, we think about staying in our own home. According to a 2015 Government Report, 76% of those aged over 60 would prefer to stay in their own home. We want to feel safe and secure, but we also want to continue to live an independent life. We want to continue to host Sunday night family dinners, visit our local church, and have our hair cut at the same hair salon we have been going to for over 20 years. Everyone values different activities, and whatever these are, most of us don’t want them to change. In fact, not only do we want this, but it’s also more convenient and cost-effective for the Government if older Australian’s age at home. 

The good news is that staying at home is not only achievable, but can also help you live a better and longer life. Here are a few examples:  

Familiarity: Staying in your own home means you know exactly where everything is. If your eyesight is fading or you’re becoming forgetful, familiar surroundings will help you avoid stressful situations. Sometimes home modifications are required to help you stay in your home safely, however, Government funding may be available to cover this. Our Fresh Hope Care Home Care team are more than happy to help you check your eligibility and organise for the modifications to be completed. 

Community Connections: Continuing to live in the community that you love to socialise in, is more important than ever as you age. A study completed by Stanford University in 2014 found that strong social connections lead to a 50% increased chance of longevity. It is important to remember that you don’t need to go out every night of the week to be considered ‘social’. Just give a family member a call, invite a friend over for a cup of tea or join a hobby group at your local community hall. Our home team can help you get involved, drive you to your hobby group or organise pastoral care visits. 

Independence: Often people feel that their independence may decrease when receiving home care support. In reality, home care support can increase independence and empower you to live the life you have always loved. For example, Betty* currently receives home care through Fresh Hope Care. When she first started receiving support, she was unable to lift her arms to wash her hair. Our Home Care team supported Betty by using her packaged funds to have her hair set every week and regular physiotherapy. After a few months of hard work and determination, Betty can now lift her arms again. She is so happy to have increased her independence.  

To find out more about what Fresh Hope Care Home Care can do for you call us on
1800 005 484 or email us at hello@freshhopecare.org.au. Whether you are preparing for the future, looking out for a friend or family member, or need immediate assistance, we are here to help. 

*Name changed to protect privacy