There’s a lot to consider when finding the right residential aged care provider for your loved one. Evergreen Life Care can help make the process easier.
If you haven’t already, the first step is to get in touch with the Australian Government’s Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) to have your needs reviewed. If ACAT determines that residential aged care is appropriate, the next step is to review potential aged care providers.
What to look for in an aged care provider
The best aged care providers not only offer quality care for their residents, they also bring peace of mind to their families. To help provide you that peace of mind, we’ve put together a guide to the five things to look for as you explore aged care providers on the Central Coast.
1. Quality care and compassion
We recommend searching for an aged care provider that’s accredited under the Australian Government’s Aged Care Quality Standards. Accredited providers offer Commonwealth subsidised aged care services and their accreditation is an assurance of the quality care they offer. Our aged care facility, Yallambee Lodge, proudly maintains this accreditation.
It’s important that nursing care is provided 24 hours a day, and that it’s personalised to residents’ needs as they change. Our compassionate nursing staff are available at all times, and our exercise and pain management clinic has a dedicated physiotherapy assistant and registered nurse to assist with increasing mobility or easing pain.
Our on-site chefs and catering team prepare a variety of delicious and nutritious meals, meeting residents’ dietary requirements, including allergies, intolerances and personal preferences.
2. Locality and accessibility
Ideally, your aged care provider will be located somewhere that’s accessible to local services and enjoyable to visit. We’re located in the heart of West Gosford on the NSW Central Coast – a flat, easy walk to local cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, shops and Gosford RSL. We occupy 13 acres of level and landscaped grounds, bordered by Narara Creek and Brisbane Water. We have sunny courtyards and gardens, and communal spaces that offer groups the perfect place to meet. Visitors are always welcome. To find out more about how to visit a loved one in aged care, contact us.
3. The feeling of home
An aged care resident should always feel at home. Yallambee Lodge offers a homelike environment for residents, with sunny courtyards and gardens, communal spaces for meeting friends, and compassionate and personalised care. Our suites are private and spacious with an ensuite bathroom and a private external balcony or patio area. They come fully equipped with everything your loved one needs for comfort including an electric high/low bed, reverse-cycle air conditioning, ceiling fan, television, telephone points, built-in or walk-through wardrobes, and plenty of natural light. Many of our suites have separate living and bedroom areas, making them ideal for couples.
4. Variety of on-site activities and services
Activities and experiences are an important part of life, and the best aged care providers offer a wide range of these for residents. Residents of Yallambee Lodge can take part in day trips or enjoy on-site activities such as BBQs, theme days, birthday celebrations, games, movies, concerts, and the award-winning Moove & Groove music program.
We’ve created a vibrant sense of community by providing convenient access to services, such as our on-site hairdressing salon, mobile dental and podiatry services, library, and church services.
5. Flexibility to ease the transition
It’s important that the transition to aged care is made as easy as possible. Yallambee Lodge can provide respite care from two to six weeks, or as a transition into permanent residence.