We recently worked with an elderly gentleman who reluctantly moved into residential aged care after fracturing his hip. His plan was to move back to his isolated home when he regained his strength. Twelve months later he is still happily residing in residential aged care. He has lots of friends and joins in activities that appeal to him. He says that if he was at home he would be lonely, and his days would be spent struggling to keep up with maintaining his home, and would have little time for just having fun.
Sometimes the thought of moving into residential aged care is based on fear of losing independence. In reality, there is often more opportunities to make the choices that enable people to live the life they choose.