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How to positively transition into aged care

How to positively transition into aged care

Over the years, the Aged Care Decisions team has spoken to thousands of families making the decision to place into aged care. From these conversations, we have learnt how many families have successfully made the transition. If you are currently going through the...

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What is RAD?

RAD stands for a Refundable Accomodation Deposit.

Can someone enter aged care temporarily?

Short answer, yes.
There are typically two types of admissions into residential aged care.
The first is a permanent aged care admission. That means the person entering care will do so on a permanent basis – meaning they will reside at the aged care facility until they decide to transfer to another aged care facility, or otherwise depart.

The second type of admission is for a respite stay. This is a short term stay in an aged care facility – and typically lasts a few weeks. This type of admission is heavily subsidised by the Australian Government, and allows carers and other families to obtain a respite break.

Respite stays are organised in a slightly different manner. If you are seeking a short term respite stay Aged Care Decisions can prepare a customised list of suitable aged care options in your area.
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What is Power of Attorney & Guardianship?

Both ‘Power of Attorney’ and ‘Guardianship’ are legal terms relating to the authority that one person has to make decisions on behalf of another person. Both are relevant to aged care placement.

Power of Attorney
A person can appoint another person as their Power of Attorney, or ‘POA’ for short.
The decision to appoint another person as a POA is done through a formal written document. That document differs state by state, as do the laws relating to how a POA is created.
A POA can make both personal decisions (e.g. relating to medical care) and financial decisions (i.e. sign contracts) in place of another person.
There are typically two types of Power of Attorney that can be created:
General Power of Attorney – this appointment is typically done for a set period, or for a set reason
Enduring Power of Attorney – this appointment tyipically has no end date, and is done when a persons health or mental capacity may be decline.
Importantly, the person who has appointed a POA still retains their legal right to make decisions on their behalf.

Guardianship
Guardianship is a formal legal process that is commenced in a court or tribunal, the end point of which is to have a person appointed as the legal guardian of another person.
The exact process and requirements of guardianship differ state by state.
In an aged care context, a guardianship process may be used to appoint one or several people as legal guardians of an older person who has impaired capacity to make decisions in their own best interest.
In plain english, guardianship allows one or several people to override the legal decision making capacity of another person.

How to positively transition into aged care

How to positively transition into aged care

Over the years, the Aged Care Decisions team has spoken to thousands of families making the decision to place into aged care. From these conversations, we have learnt how many families have successfully made the transition. If you are currently going through the...

How pet therapy can help residents in aged care

How pet therapy can help residents in aged care

What is pet therapy?   Pet therapy – as like any therapy – is used as form of treatment. Pet therapy, which is also known as animal-assisted therapy involves the interaction with animals as its primary treatment method. The ultimate goal is to improve social,...

7 Frequently Asked Questions About Aged Care Fees

7 Frequently Asked Questions About Aged Care Fees

Understanding the finances can be one of the most complicated aspects of the aged care process. In order to help answer some of these financial questions we have put together 7 Frequently Asked Questions About Aged Care Fees. 1. What are the different types of Aged...

Options for caring for your loved ones at home

Options for caring for your loved ones at home

Another effect we have noticed over the past couple of months is considering in-home care options to delay moving into residential aged care. A home care package is at the start of the aged care continuum and can be a good option when care needs are not complex or...

A letter from our CEO

A letter from our CEO

 Dear Carers and Families, It is certainly unprecedented times that we find ourselves in and I hope this email finds you and your family well. The COVID-19 situation has affected all of us in one way or another. As we see daily on the news, we are fighting coronavirus...

Changes to Planning a Respite Stay

Changes to Planning a Respite Stay

At Aged Care Decisions we regularly assist families to arrange respite care for their elderly loved ones. As the COVID-19 situation has developed we have noticed the following factors impacting on the planning and admission to respite care. 1. Respite Availability...

How Carer Gateway can help Australian Carers

How Carer Gateway can help Australian Carers

Carer Gateway is about caring for you while you care for someone else. This Commonwealth Program aims to support Carers by offering support and a number of other helpful services, including access to emergency respite which can be funded by the Carer Gateway program.....

Start The Aged Care Discussion Early

Start The Aged Care Discussion Early

Discussing aged care options to help avoid a crisis. The decision to move to Residential Aged Care is an extremely personal one that can be a  challenge for many families. At Aged Care Decisions, we understand the complexity of this choice, with almost every...

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