Fear of Aged Care is ok.
Working in aged care is a rewarding, exciting, loving and seriously challenging experience. I find that each day is always entirely different to the next. I am often asked about the most challenging aspects of working at Maroba. The answer is simple. Fear.
When people visit Maroba to enquire about Aged Care for themselves, their partner or perhaps their parents the biggest hurdle that each and every person faces is Fear.
To put this in context, I would like to share a story with you:
I was talking to a lady the other day and her mother had a fall. She was so worried about how best to care for her. She had a family of her own and could not take on the role of full-time carer. She shared that she had been thinking about aged care for some time but in all honesty, she had put it off and completely avoided the idea. The thought of putting her dearly loved mother into aged care terrified her and the guilt was simply overwhelming.
In other words, her go to response was complete avoidance, until it came to the point where she could no longer avoid it.
The upside of this, was that my sharing her fear with me, I was able to explain that Aged Care is just another stage of life. It doesn’t mean that you don’t care about your mum. It actually is quite the opposite. Making sure her mum was well taken care of was in the best interests of her mum and quite selfless on her part.
Every day we hear these conversations.
Every day we offer support.
Every day we offer advice.
Every day, we assure loved ones that by putting their fear aside, they are doing the best by them.