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Watch this video to follow one person's story as they make the transition from independent to assisted living.

As people age and experience changes to their health, accessing formal care and support services is an option that may need to be considered.

Making the transition from independent to assisted living can be a confronting experience for all those involved.

What does this mean?

For older people, this means coming to terms with the difficult realisation that they can no longer do everything they used to do, when they want to do it, unless they have some kind of assistance.

Likewise, the family and friends of an older person come to recognise that their loved one requires a different level of care. Sometimes, navigating this transition can be stressful and confusing.

Meanwhile, the busy healthcare staff and professionals responsible for the day-to-day care of older people often don’t know a lot about the rich, varied and highly individual life experiences of the older people who come into their care.

Without an adequate model of care in place, these changes can be difficult for all parties to understand and manage.

Your task

Watch the video to gain a better insight of one older person’s journey as they move from living at home to an aged-care facility.

When you’re done, share your own experiences of a similar transition in the comments.

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Caring for Older People: a Partnership Model

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