How you can help gran and gramps

By April 23, 2017Ageing

Frail care is 24-hour specialised care or service for the elderly, those that need extra physical and medical help or senior citizens. These nursing homes or accommodations assist you with getting in and out of bed, taking care of your hygiene, taking medication and feeding yourself (if necessary).

Essentially, a frail care home is where you go to get help when you’re not really able to help yourself in your everyday living routines. This is of course, a natural occurrence stemming from ageing, where often, mental incapability or frailty can leave you in a state of need.

Help at hand
First, identify your most important needs and the type of environment you’d want to settle in. Get a medical check-up before you start researching spaces. Your doctor’s input will be invaluable.

Types of accommodation

  • Apartment or flat
  • Convalescences (rehabilitation)
  • Cottages/houses for rent
  • Cottages/houses for sale
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s care
  • Frail care
  • Mid-care

Considering a nursing home can be a daunting task and an emotional rollercoaster as you contemplate moving to a new environment. It’s important to understand the difference between frail care and medical care. Frail care falls under the category of social welfare responsibility. The medical care is under a medical scheme cover which covers the short-term recovery of an event, like an accident or stroke. Long-term accommodation is not likely to be covered by a medical scheme, so be sure to get all the information from your scheme before you start looking for a place.

How much will this cost? Frail care prices vary. Prices start from about R5 000 and can go up to (more than) R25 000 a month. Some may include a caregiver or nurse on site; this depends on the quality of care and services on offer and the facility itself. A private home versus a state home is going to differ in the type of services, quality and resources they can offer.

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General offers in facilities:

  • Daily meals.
  • A comfortable living environment.
  • Administering of medication.
  • Cleaning services and laundry.
  • Therapy and overall health and wellbeing services (exercises etc.)
  • 24-hour nursing care.
  • 24-hour security.
  • Transport to shopping and doctor’s appointments.
  • Hair care.
  • Support services (medical services).
  • Medical waste and infection control regulations.

Do you qualify for frail care? If you’re 60 years and older (senior citizens), you’re eligible to be placed in a home or accommodation across the country.

You have rights too:

  • Have reasonable access to assistance.
  • Have visitors.
  • Be informed about residential changes and plans regarding the facility.
  • Keep your personal belongings.
  • Be given a 30-day notice of planned transfer or discharge.
  • Access to recreational activities.
  • The right to be treated with respect and care at all times.

Keep these documents handy:

  • ID document and funeral policies (if available).
  • Application form from the home or accommodation.
  • Your medical report.
  • Social worker report (if required).

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