When researching retirement estates, many potential investors look at whether there is a frail care centre available. And while there are certain benefits associated with the established frail care model, there is a growing international trend of adopting the home-based care solution. Renishaw Hills, a mature lifestyle estate on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, has embraced this quality-assurance approach that puts the mental and physical wellbeing of residents first.
“The goal of Renishaw Hills has always been to offer residents a carefree lifestyle,” explained Phil Barker, managing director of Renishaw Hills. “To achieve this, we undertook extensive research of healthcare within the retirement communities and home-based care came out as the best solution overall.”
Benefits of home-based care
“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.” – John Ed Pearce
Home-based care offers residents the benefits of frail care centres with one important difference – care is provided in the home. This is a multi-disciplinary team of specialists that provides personalised care for every resident.
Suzette du Preez, CEO of TruCare – a specialist home-care provider in the retirement industry operating at Renishaw Hills – said that too many people were prioritising frail care centres when home-based care was generally a preferred option.
“When you ask people why they want a frail care centre, they respond that they want a facility ‘in case’ they ever need it, but if you pursue whether they actually want to go to a frail care centre, they’re vehemently against it! It creates this false sense of future security when, in reality, home-based care is a much more encouraging option associated with numerous benefits.”
1. All levels of care provided in-home
Home-based care services on a retirement estate offers the services of a treating doctor, registered nurse, caregiver, physiotherapist and occupational therapist, all of whom are dedicated to the wellbeing of the resident.
2. Maintain independence
With aging comes limited responsibility and increased dependence. Providers of home-based care recognise the importance of retaining as much independence and choice as possible. The reality is that many would prefer to stay in the comfort of home.
3. Services adapted to the individual
Home-based care is tailored to the individual’s requirements rather than offering a ‘one-size-fits-all’ option. This allows for superior healthcare for each resident.
4. More effective rehabilitation
Convalescing in a home environment with the appropriate specialist assistance has been seen to speed up recovery and improve quality of life. There is no need for long-term hospital stays where contact with outside infections and interrupted rest are a reality.
5. No building maintenance costs
One element that is often overlooked when it comes to the construction of frail care centres, is the ongoing costs. Once the developer has handed over the development, the homeowners’ association or body corporate takes over the costs of maintenance, with most facilities needing a very high bed occupancy to keep running. This means, rather than encouraging people to leave, the frail care model relies on people to stay in place. Home-based care eliminates these extra costs and the burden it places on the estate.
Renishaw Hills and its service provider, TruCare, recognise the emotional, physical and psychological value of home-based care for its residents. The in-home care services will help ease the inevitable challenges of aging while allowing residents to enjoy the comforts and natural beauty of Renishaw Hills.