Aging & Aged Care Support

aged care support

Aging is not an illness, but it does make the body more vulnerable to disease and increase one’s chances of developing certain health problems. As people age falls are all too common, older adults are more likely to have weak muscles, poor vision and weaker legs. Elderly may suffer from decreased sensation, or other medical conditions that make them more likely to fall easily, and with more troublesome consequences. They are also more likely than younger people to take prescription medications, some of which can slow reflexes and decrease perception and or impair mobility. In so doing so, this increases the danger of injury through an accidental fall.

Physical injury is only one potential consequence of a fall for older adults, especially those who are frail to begin with. Recovery is often prolonged even after relatively minor falls, and this can lead to complications such as bedsores, greater muscle weakness, and increased susceptibility to infection.

Osteoarthritis (OA) rarely develops before the age of 40, but it affects nearly everyone past the age of 60. It is therefore considered a geriatric condition. Nearly three times as many women as men have it. Usually, only one or two joints are affected and most often these joints are the knee, hip or hand. Pain is the earliest symptom and usually exacerbated by repetitive use.

Keeping physically active is important for maintaining strength and coordination, and is one of the best defences against accidental injuries. It is also important to discuss with your physician or pharmacist the possible side effects of any medications you are taking.

Aged Care

Aged care is the support given to older people, either in their own home, or in an aged care facility (nursing home), providing assistance with everyday tasks, health care, accommodation and disability aids such as walking frames and ramps. As people age, their levels of independence and health decline, eventually becoming reliant on neighbours, family and friends for assistance. As your needs change, so too do the requirements for your level of care.

Australia has one of the highest regulated structures of aged care available in the world; with government accredited and qualified staff to assess, address and adapt to your level of care. This allows many elderly people to remain in their home and live independently longer than their parents and grandparents were able to do. As your needs change over time, assistance is provided to transition into an appropriate aged care facility with onsite staff to monitor your health and adapt your level of care, ensuring you have access to the best specialist care when you need it.

Types of Aged Care Services

Aged care services include:

  • In home care such as housework, shopping, cooking or social outings
  • Personal care such as dressing, eating, bathing or going to the toilet
  • Health care such as nursing, physiotherapy or medical assistance
  • Equipment such as walking frames
  • Home Modifications such as handrails and ramps
  • Residential care in a nursing home
  • Short-term (respite) care or after-hospital care

Many of these services are subsidised by the Australian Government for people who are eligible.

The Benefits of Moving Into an Aged Care Facility

It’s not an easy decision leaving your own home and moving into an aged care facility, but the pros far outweigh the cons, relieving you of tasks such as household maintenance, gardening, cooking and cleaning. Your meals are planned in consultation with a geriatric-trained dietitian for nutritionally balanced, healthy food; even your personal dietary preferences are taken into consideration. Your social life increases with optional onsite and offsite activities, and regular social events organised by dedicated lifestyle staff.

Medical Services

is close by if you require medical assistance. Transport is provided to and from doctor’s appointments, and most facilities today offer onsite specialist care such as physiotherapy, podiatry, hearing and eyesight care. Anyone requiring a higher level of care, help is there 24/7.


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Many students have relied on MLR Training Services for success!

Here are some of their stories.

I am currently working in the aged care industry, and decided to upskill to certificate IV through MLR Training. I found them very professional and supportive in helping me gain credit to apply for certificate IV. It was easily done and completed in no time. I highly recommend.
I completed my certificate 4 with MLR Training in the face to face class. The trainers were very helpful, and the content was presented in a way I could understand. They were always happy to answer questions I had and ensured I got my assessments done. They made the environment comfortable and enjoyable to come to class, they did roleplays and hands on activities which was helpful to learn. When I completed my 120 hours of placement, I was able to gain a position within the same facility. I would not have been able to complete this course without the help of the trainers and administration staff. I would recommend this company to anyone wanting a job in aged care.
I was working in the aged care industry with a certificate 3 and wanted to upgrade my skills. MLR Training offered an on-site certificate 4 upgrade. The trainers were very helpful and always answered any questions I had. The administration workers made enrolling very quick and easy. I now continue to work within the aged care industry and would recommend MLR Training to anyone wanting to work in this industry.
I was working in the aged care industry and wanted to upgrade my skills and qualifications by completing my Cert 4 in ageing support. I did face to face classes with MLR and found the trainers to be extremely supportive and motivating. The course content was presented in a way that was easy to understand and both trainers were there to assist whenever I needed help. I would highly recommend MLR to anyone wanting to pursue a career in aged care.
I completed my Certificate 4 upgrade from a certificate 3 with MLR Training and it was the most amazing experience. My trainer was extremely helpful and supportive. No question was a stupid question. Help was always available whenever I needed it. As I have been working in the Aged Care industry for 10 years so far, I will be using MLR to continue my up skilling in the future. Thank you MLR.
I completed my certificate 4 upgrade with MLR Training, and it was a great experience for myself. The trainers were very bubbly and made the process very enjoyable. They always answered my questions and helped when I needed it. I currently work in the aged care industry and with the help of MLR I was able to gain more knowledge around this area of work. I would recommend MLR Training.
I completed my certificate 4 with MLR Training and it was a wonderful experience. My trainers were supportive and encouraging throughout the course, they answered all questions I had and were there to help when needed. After the completion of the course I gained a position in community care and really enjoy my job. I would recommend MLR Training to anyone wanting to start a career in aged care.
I completed my certificate 4 with MLR training within their face to face class option. I was not sure what to expect when I started the course, but it was nothing short of an amazing experience. The trainers made the experience enjoyable always made the classroom an open and comfortable place to be. They delivered the content in a way everyone could understand catering for everyone’s learning needs. After the completion of my placement I gained a position at the facility I completed my hours. I would definitely recommend MLR Training to anyone looking at working within the aged care industry.

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