As we age, it’s important to consider your care options for the future if your circumstances were to change, especially should you require hospital treatment for a trauma or serious illness.
Occasionally a visit to hospital can lead to having to reconsider your home living arrangements. When this happens out of the blue, it can be especially upsetting and stressful for you and your family.
The care you receive in hospital will help get you back to health, but often there is little information or guidance offered around transitioning to life outside of hospital. You may require added rest, rehabilitation or a mobility aid. Returning to your home long term may not be feasible as it may not provide the access or facilities that you will need.
At just 73, Dave was fit and active both physically and socially before a fall landed him in hospital. Never married, he had lived in a nice little two storey townhouse a few streets from his sister with her two cats, for the better part of a decade, but after the accident he realised he would not be able to return home.
Denise, at 85, had only minor health complaints and managed to live at home by herself with her kids and grand kids regularly checking in. But one winter she got the flu and ended up in hospital. Her health deteriorated to the point where she would be safer living with care, but with so many options, her family didn’t know where to start.
And when Alice was rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke at 79, her family quickly realised she would never be able to return to living at home with husband Jim, as her care needs would be too high.
In times such as these, it’s comforting to know that help is only a phone call away. As an LDK Community Member, you have access to advice from a qualified Registered Nurse either by phone or your bedside in hospital. Our nurses provide advocacy, ensuring your wishes are considered and helping you and your family or loved ones determine the best course of action.
There are many options available that can provide the necessary support to help you recover in comfort and security after hospital. Our RN support helps you to understand what you should consider, how to action a move from your home or how to get support if you are able to move home, so that you can make an informed decision.
This RN Breakdown Service is offered free and exclusively to our members – it’s just one of the ways we can help when you need it most. If you would like further information on our RN Breakdown Service, speak with one of our friendly Membership team consultants on 1300 535 000.