If you are looking at assisted living options, you will soon realise there are various types of providers and levels of assistance. In working out where to go, it’s a good idea to consider your potential long-term needs. The location, facilities and even staffing levels may all also impact on your decision.

Traditionally, retirement villages have been seen as stepping-stones to nursing homes, but it is possible now to find alternatives, like Fairways Supported Living, that cater to all care levels. What that means is that you might be able to move into a community or village with minimal care, and maximum independence, knowing that should the time come and you require extra assistance, you will be able to receive it. You won’t need to move again, you can be looked after in the place that has become your home. Many people are finding this an attractive option.

Of course, when it comes to assisted living, there are many factors that may sway your decision. The quality of the apartments or rooms, the space provided, range of facilities and cost may play a part. Consider also the location of your potential new home. If you love to get out and about on the Gold Coast, and shop and catch with friends and family for dinner, choosing somewhere that’s centrally located may make sense.

Finally, in considering your aged care options, it’s important to trust your instincts. Take the time to visit any potential places and to speak to staff. Knowing you have caring and friendly individuals in place to support you, and help you settle into your new home, may make a big difference to your choice.

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