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Keeping couples united in aged care

After spending many years sharing their lives together, most couples assume that when entering into aged care this living concept will remain. However, some are forced to separate for various reasons.

Executive manager at Envigor Home Care in Queensland, Tracey Silvester, explored this concept further.

The aged care professional has more than 25 years’ experience in heath and aged care services and is passionate about ensuring that elders can have more aged care living options.

Silvester is an RN and has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Health Management degree.

She said that it is often a health event that undoes couples; most of time it’s unexpected and they are put into a scenario where they need to be apart because one requires care. This can often lead to loneliness where, for example, the couple’s once familiar social network is challenged.

Aged Care Insite spoke to Silvester about finding the right accommodation for the elderly.

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