Types of care

Aged care

Residential aged care options:

Care and support – assistance can be given with showering, personal hygiene and dressing, the dispensing of medication, dementia support, mobility, meal assistance, special diets, emotional support, rehabilitation and communication, with additional support available during any short-term illness.

Accommodation – a range of accommodation types are available. From sharing a room for that extra companionship or choosing a room with your own private ensuite and perhaps a balcony, all with 24-hour nursing care and assistance to cater for every aspect of your daily needs.

Day respite – flexible support designed to provide time out for family carers who are providing care at home for people who are unable to care for themselves because of disability or frailty.

Dementia care

While we understand that dementia and intellectual disability challenges are unique, our residents with dementia are fully supported to maintain their social connections and general wellbeing.

As with all of our services, our Positive Wellbeing Model of Care values independence and the importance of residents’ choices, even those with a dementia diagnosis.

This independence is enhanced through:

1. Maintaining and growing our residents’ physical and social skills

2. Social and physical settings that encourage participation and interactions

We believe that the smallest cues can open up a world of interaction for residents with dementia. Our team are trained to recognise and act on these cues. We develop tailored programs and care for the needs and experiences of each resident to keep them as engaged and active as possible. Even our buildings and physical spaces are designed to enhance the familiar feeling of home.

Whatever stage of the dementia and aged care journey you find yourself on, Churches of Christ Residential Aged Care is with you.

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Palliative care

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of people who are a facing a life-limiting illness, and their families. Our care moves from a focus on treatment and cure to the prevention and relief of suffering and the assessment and treatment of pain and other physical, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual concerns.

Dying is an integral and inevitable part of life, and our goal is to enable our residents to die with dignity and in a setting of their choice. We want our residents to experience the light of Christ in every aspect of their lives, including their journey to end of life.

At Churches of Christ in Queensland, we recognise that each person is unique and tailor how our care is planned and delivered to provide individualised, holistic quality care. We also offer support to families and loved ones during the resident’s illness and in bereavement.

What is involved?

When developing our palliative care plan, open, informative conversations are held with our resident, their families and our staff.  Individual’s wishes are respected, and even if they are unable to participate in decision making they can still be involved through historical conversations that may have been held with their family. Knowing what services and options are available allows residents and families to be more informed and make decisions they are comfortable with.

We encourage residents and their families to explore further than the needs of the day. This can decrease and even stop unwanted transfers to hospital; ensuring residents can stay in familiar surroundings with familiar faces and familiar touch from those caring for them at end of life.

Care plans are developed over more than one conversation, ensuring changes and preferences are captured and recorded.

It is important that palliative care be a multidisciplinary team approach, including the resident’s doctor, specialist, our nursing and care team, allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, and, where desired, pastoral care.

Being able to communicate wishes and needs openly can offer residents a sense of positive wellbeing. They are on a journey that will ultimately lead to the end of their life as we know it.  However, they are not on this journey alone, we take it with them and their family.

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Respite care

What is residential respite care?

People caring for an elderly person who lives in their own home may occasionally need to take a short break, from a few days to a few weeks. They could be eligible for respite in a residential aged care service.

How many days of respite are available?

You may be eligible to receive residential respite for up to 63 days of each financial year. This may be extended in lots of 21 days if your ACAT assessment finds you require extra time.

How do I access it?

To access residential respite you will need to have an ACAT assessment. You can find your local ACAT assessor on the Australian Government website agedcare.health.gov.au or by calling 1800 200 422 .

What does it cost?

Costs for residential respite vary across each aged care service. While you will not be asked to pay an accommodation fee, you will need to pay a basic daily fee and possibly a booking fee. More information is available from the local service.

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