The freedom to choose where you live in your senior years is a wonderful benefit of our Australian society. Not all countries offer this kind of support and we should be ever cognizant of the privilege of choice. In India and Africa, for instance, elders are expected to live out their years in the family home – which, as you can imagine, can be a large burden in some households!
Australian aged care offerings are ever increasing and it is wonderful to witness. When Glenvale Villas was established, there weren’t many options and it was one of the first of its kind in the region. We are proud to say our aged care offering has stood its ground and remains one of the leading aged care options in Toowoomba.
With a smorgasboard of choice, comes decision making! And the decision is admittedly not an easy one.
So, let’s nail it down to a few essentials to help you decide whether supported living is a good option for you!
- Do you wish to maintain independence?
This is a question you will definitely need to answer with a big cup of tea in hand. There is no point opting for independence when your health simply doesn’t allow it. Do you like to go out by yourself, or do you like group tours? Do you prefer to do your own shopping, or do you need help to do this? Do you like maintaining and cleaning your own home, or is this just a tedious chore nowadays? The great news with Glenvale Villas is that you can have both. Our community provides as much independence as you want, with all the help available if you need it.
- Do you have a small pet that you’d like to keep with you?
Most nursing homes do not allow for pets, as they simply cannot maintain an environment that is conducive to the comfort of both animals and people. Glenvale Villas allows small pets, and they are a wonderful part of our community.
- Do you need help with medications/bathing or other personal tasks?
Our nursing staff can assist with low to medium care needs.
- Do you love to garden?
Glenvale Villas have gardens which belong to each home. These can be maintained by the home owner, or alternatively our residents can elect to have our gardeners take care of them. We also have a great vege patch. We encourage our residents to get involved with the gardening. And many residents also have their own sun drenched balcony gardens with flowers and ornaments.
- Do you still like to prepare your own food?
Our residents have their own kitchen facilities. A lot of our community take advantage of our onsite restaurants though. Sometimes it’s good to have a break from home duties, and sometimes cooking is just too hard for some hands! With the option of either eating at home or in our restaurant (or even having restaurant meals delivered to your door), we think it presents residents with choices and flexibility.
- Are you thinking of the future?
Many residents come to Glenvale Villas knowing they will be comfortable here for now, and in the future. This aging in place philosophy is very reassuring to many people.
- Are you looking for options for a couple rather than an individual?
Glenvale Villas double room options are perfect for couples seeking to remain together even when their health needs differ.
- Are you looking for a home that feels homely, and don’t want a single room?
Our homes are designed to be comfortable, familiar, welcoming and adorned with modern and tasteful finishes. Bedrooms are separate from living areas, and there is a separate kitchen and bathroom.
- Do you just need someone to keep an eye on mum or dad?
Many families prefer a supported living environment for their older members, because it offers the security and assurance of knowing help is available if needed, or simply to keep an eye on mum or dad. One of people’s worst fears is finding a loved one stuck on the floor after a fall. Having people around and a purpose built home with panic buttons etc installed is a huge relief.
- Are you wary of the costs involved obtaining support?
Pay for what you need and use, and only that much. That’s our system, and we think it’s pretty fair. We can talk you through it. Simply give us a call.