ASK a senior if they would like to live in an aged care facility and many would answer no. But given a special place to call home they might change their mind.
Mandalay Retreat Manager Cally McKinnon is eager to dispel the myths surrounding aged care facilities.
“The reality is different,” she said.
“Many older people think this way because they believe they would be giving up their independence, compromising their comfortable surrounds and facing expensive costs.
“It really isn’t that surprising because to most people, the idea of living in an environment where you are surrounded by people with similar ageing aliments is only a reminder they themselves are ageing and may lose their independence.”
Ms McKinnon said an aged care facility can be a great lifestyle solution for downsizers or people who need extra support or are seeking a lifestyle change.
“Aged care facilities vary and some can be upmarket with amenities similar to a five-star hotel,” she said.
“Retreat Care has coffee shops, hairdressers, a shuttle bus service, libraries, cinemas, concerts, nutritious home cooked meals and more.”
“We look like a luxurious hotel but we don’t charge like one. We have both private and government funded suites and in comparison to other facilities we are very reasonable.”
“With most aged care facilities listing the same services, 24 hour emergency call systems, security, qualified nursing staff offering dignity and care, it’s hard to tell the good from the bad.”
Then, how do you know which is the best?
“We focus on lifestyle and rehabilitation,” Ms McKinnon said.
“We don’t sell apartments or furnishings. Mandalay Retreat is about restoring independence back to our residents so they get the most out of their remaining years.
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“They can furnish their own suite with things from home if they wish.
“Our qualified physiotherapist supervises our residents program to ensure a speedy recovery. Some feel so good they return to their home while others simply feel more alive and active after forming strong friendship with our other residents.”
We understand that when away from family and loved ones its essential that you feel at home. Retreat Care have gone to great lengths to create a relaxing, friendly and secure environment that is inviting and homely.
Each room at Mandalay Retreat is designed with seniors in mind ensuring all facilities within each room, suite or villa can accommodate the various stages of ageing. Residents can confidently age in place.
From the simple but elegant decor, to the design of the bathrooms, no detail has been overlooked.