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Are you concerned about a loved one in residential care? With more than 80 reports of infections linked to residential care now, many families with relatives in residential aged care homes are becoming increasingly concerned over health risks at the facilities. So, what happens if you decide you want to remove a resident from residential aged care? What are your rights? 

Emergency Leave

You can use a new scheme called ’emergency leave’ which is now available for permanent aged care residents. If you take “emergency leave”, both you and the government will continue to pay the standard fees, charges and subsidies to the aged care provider, whilst they hold a place for you. Other leave options include ‘social leave’ and ‘hospital leave’.

Every resident can take 52 days of “social leave” a year, which means you could go away every weekend if you wanted. Outings, visits and events that you attend and return from on the same day are not counted as “social leave” – only overnight stays. Meanwhile ‘hospital leave’ is unlimited. 

You can pull out without penalty

If you simply want to move out or take your loved one out of residential care, you actually can do so without penalty. A lot of people mistakenly believe they will lose some or all of the lump sum they have paid, or that they need to wait for the nursing home to find a new resident before they get their money back.

No matter which option you prefer, Prestige Inhome Care have flexible support and nursing options which can provide temporary and long-term care for your loved one at home. We can help you understand the best way to manage taking ‘leave’ from a residential facility or making the move from a nursing home to in-home care permanently.

Call our Care Specialist team on 1300 10 30 10 to find out more.

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Startsat60: The Importance of Highly-tailored 24-hour Care

Rebecca Wilson, CEO of Startsat60 recently interviewed Nick McDonald, the CEO and Founder of Prestige Inhome Care about the importance of providing highly-tailored, 24-hour care.

Nick pointed out that “starting the conversation early” about getting outside help is vital.

Listen to the interview to hear some helpful advice for families who may have come to the realisation that their loved one might require some help at home.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the Australian government has attempted to shield the elderly by implementing stage 3 restrictions and encouraging seniors to self isolate  to mitigate the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome. 

There has been a lot of confusion around aged care services as  many Australian’s have been forced to decide whether to keep their distance from aging family members. Fortunately, the government has delivered some long-awaited answers, with Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Brendan Murphy, announcing that elderly Australians should keep up their regular home care and health care. The government has highlighted that this is just as important as protecting yourself from coronavirus.

Founder of Prestige Inhome Care and registered nurse Nick McDonald said “it was more important than ever to engage with aged care professionals to help your loved ones through the pandemic’. 

Prestige Inhome Care staff have done extra training to help the community deal with the issues of COVID-19, including sanitary training. 

Home isolation support can everything from assisting you to stay connected with friends and family via video conferencing and social media apps, companionship, delivery of groceries, meal preparation and a whole lot more. We have put procedures in place that help our clients retain socialisation visits with experienced professional carers via phone calls.

Nick McDonald has seen a personal shift in attitudes from the younger generation towards the more senior citizens of our country, a change which embraces inclusion, care and virtual interaction.  

Together, we are setting a new norm – a healthy norm which protects the minds and bodies of our loved ones. 

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Nick and Thea at Brighton North Rotary

5 Clubs, 2 Districts creates collaboration

31st October 2019

Nick says, “The Rotary award process focused us to think strategically about how to manage our fast growth. We also want to contribute more to Bayside communities. I took up an invite to a Brighton Rotary weekly dinner and made some good contacts and had a great time.”...

Nick and Thea at Brighton North Rotary

'Five clubs' zeal creates business awards

31st October 2019

On the 3rd of October winners collected awards at a 250-seat sold-out formal dinner at the Sandringham Yacht Club. Nick McDonald (CEO) and Thea McCroary (GM Sales and Marketing) are the brother and sister team that took Bayside’s champion business Prestige Inhome Care to an astounding 550 staff. Its services help people live independently at home...

Bayside Mayor

Bayside Business Awards Winners Announced at Gala Event

18th October 2019

The team at Prestige Inhome Care, which was named Bayside's Best Business in 2019...

Gender equality a factor in home care name change

27 August 2019

registered nurse and founder Nick McDonald has taken the positive step to shift focus from gender to represent ALL carers in their growing community, regardless of gender and change the provider’s name...