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Continuity of care: the role your GP can play when you’re entering Aged Care

The transition to Aged Care homes – also called nursing homes – is a significant life change for anyone. At TriCare, we’ve been supporting Australian families through this journey for over 55 years, and we know that maintaining connections with trusted healthcare providers can make all the difference. 

One of the most crucial relationships to preserve at this time is the one with your General Practitioner (GP). Let’s take a look at how your GP can continue to play a vital role in your care as you settle into your new home with us.

The importance of continuity of care

Continuity of care is more than just a catchphrase – it’s a cornerstone of quality healthcare, especially as you start to get older and your medical needs can become more complex. When you’ve built a relationship with your GP over many years, they become familiar with your medical history, personal preferences, and unique health needs. This deep understanding can be invaluable as you transition into Residential Aged Care.

Research from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) shows us that continuity of care leads to better health outcomes, fewer hospital admissions, and higher patient satisfaction. For our residents at TriCare, we see these benefits firsthand every day.

The GP’s role in the transition to Aged Care homes

As you prepare to move into one of our TriCare residences, your GP can play an important role in ensuring a smooth transition. Here’s how:

  • Comprehensive health assessment: Your GP can conduct a thorough health assessment before your move, identifying any potential issues and ensuring your care plan is up-to-date.
  • Medication review: They can review your current medications, making any necessary adjustments to ensure they’re appropriate for your new living situation.
  • Communication with your care team: Your GP can liaise with our Facility Managers and Clinical Managers, providing valuable insights into your health history and care needs.
  • Advance care planning: If you haven’t already, your GP can help you develop an Advance Care Plan, ensuring your healthcare wishes are clearly documented and respected.

Ongoing care in your new Aged Care home

At TriCare, we care like family, and we understand the comfort that comes from maintaining relationships with trusted healthcare providers. That’s why we welcome and encourage GP visits to our residences. Here’s how your GP can continue to support you:

  • Regular check-ups: Your GP can schedule regular visits to our facility, ensuring continuity in your healthcare management. These visits can be coordinated with our care team to minimise disruption to your daily routine.
  • Telehealth consultations: For minor issues or follow-ups, your GP might offer telehealth consultations, leveraging technology to provide care without the need for in-person visits.
  • Collaboration with our healthcare team: Your GP can work closely with our registered nurses and qualified carers, contributing to your ongoing care plan and addressing any new health concerns promptly.
  • Managing complex care needs: If you require specialised care, such as Memory Support or Palliative Care, your GP’s familiarity with your medical history can be invaluable in tailoring these services to your specific needs.

How TriCare supports your relationship with your GP

At TriCare, we go above and beyond to support the ongoing relationship between our residents and their GPs. We do this by offering:

  • Flexible visiting hours: We offer flexible visiting hours for GPs, understanding that they often have busy schedules. We’re happy to accommodate visits outside of standard hours when necessary.
  • Private consultation spaces: Our residences are equipped with private areas where you can consult with your GP in comfort and privacy.
  • Coordination of care: Our Clinical Managers act as a liaison between you, your GP, and our care team, ensuring smooth communication and coordinated care delivery.
  • Technology support: For telehealth consultations, we provide the necessary technology and support to ensure you can connect with your GP easily and effectively.

Nourishing body and soul: Your GP’s role in holistic care

At TriCare, we believe in nourishing not just the body, but also the soul. Your GP can play a significant role in this holistic approach to care, with:

  • Dietary advice: Your GP can work with our dedicated chefs and dietitians, providing input on your nutritional needs to ensure our diverse, healthy meal options align with your health goals.
  • Mental health support: Regular check-ins with a familiar GP can be crucial for mental wellbeing, especially during the transition period. They can monitor your emotional health and recommend appropriate support if needed.
  • Activity recommendations: Based on your health status, your GP can advise on suitable activities from our diverse program, ensuring you stay engaged and active in ways that benefit your overall health.
  • Medication management: As your care needs evolve, your GP can work with our nursing team to adjust your medication regimen, ensuring it supports your participation in the activities you enjoy.

Embracing a supportive community while maintaining GP care

Life at TriCare is about more than just receiving care – it’s about being part of a vibrant, supportive community. Your GP can play a crucial role in helping you make the most of this experience. 

They can provide valuable health education, empowering you to participate actively in our cooking classes, exercise programs, and other health-focused activities. We welcome family involvement in our residents’ care, and your GP can be a familiar face in family meetings, helping to explain complex health issues and care decisions. 

Regular visits from your GP can focus on preventive care, helping you stay healthy and active so you can fully enjoy our range of social activities and outings. 

Even if you’re joining us for Respite Care, your GP can provide valuable input into your temporary care plan, ensuring continuity when you return home. This collaborative approach ensures that you can fully embrace and benefit from the rich, engaging lifestyle we offer at TriCare.

At TriCare, we believe that the best care comes from a partnership between our residents, their families, our dedicated staff, and trusted healthcare providers like your GP. By maintaining your relationship with your GP as you transition into Residential Aged Care, you’re ensuring continuity in your healthcare journey and adding another layer of support to the comprehensive care we provide.

Life at TriCare is about more than just receiving care – it’s about thriving in a supportive community where every day brings new opportunities for joy and connection. With your GP by your side and our family-oriented approach to care, you can embrace this new chapter with confidence, knowing that you’re supported in every aspect of your health and wellbeing.

To learn more about how we can support your relationship with your GP and our approach to comprehensive, personalised care, we invite you to reach out to our team. 

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