What is a supported resident?

  One of the subjects creating the most confusion for new residents to aged care is the concept of being a supported resident. It is an important concept because assessment as a supported resident provides a series of benefits as … Continued

Age Pension Assets Test Changes

  One of the key messages from the 2016 Federal Budget was the need to re balance the assets test to help make access to government pensions fairer. To do this, the Government proposed to increase the assets test thresholds … Continued

What to do if your loved one passes away in residential aged care

    When your loved one enters the residential aged care facility you will be asked you to nominate a funeral director. You can check options at the Australian Funeral Directors Association website.   Formalities immediately after death The aged care … Continued

Infantilizing our Elders

  Imagine that you invite the following people to a party: Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Harvey Keitel, Francis Ford Coppola, Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, Burt Reynolds, Bob Dylan, Sophia Loren, and Brigitte Bardot.   What form of party … Continued

What is Residential Aged Care?

  Australia’s aged care system aims to ensure older people receive support and quality care when they need it. Residential Aged Care facilities are one component of the aged care system and are available across Australia.   Residential care is … Continued

Gather Information about Your Ageing Parents

  By the time your parents hit their seventies, you need to know the business side of their lives. Learn about their situation across three broad areas: personal medical information, financial information, and legal documents, including valid copies of their … Continued

Understand the costs of residential aged care

  There are three sets of fees payable: costs of accommodation, costs of care, and costs of extra services.   1.  Costs of Accommodation The accommodation payment will be quoted as a lump sum called a Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD). … Continued

Things your financial adviser can help you with

  Navigating the aged care terrain requires much more than information. Families on this journey need a listening ear, acknowledgement, and reassurance. They want to be treated as whole and competent human beings, who can make their own decisions. They … Continued

Pharmaceutical Benefits for Senior Australians

  Generally speaking older Australians (with the exception of DVA veterans or their spouses) can qualify for assistance from the government towards the cost of health care and pharmaceuticals through either the Pensioner Concession Card or through the Commonwealth Seniors … Continued

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