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How is COVID-19 affecting aged care?

How is COVID-19 affecting aged care?

How is COVID-19 affecting aged care?  The government and aged care providers are working together to ensure we are all protecting older Australians as best as possible during COVID-19. But what does this mean for people in aged care and their families?  Below you will...

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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 is COVID-19 affecting aged care?

How is COVID-19 affecting aged care?

How is COVID-19 affecting aged care?  The government and aged care providers are working together to ensure we are all protecting older Australians as best as possible during COVID-19. But what does this mean for people in aged care and their families?  Below you will...

My Aged Care Guide: Everything you need to know

My Aged Care Guide: Everything you need to know

What is My Aged Care? If you are starting the journey of finding aged care, then you will come across My Aged Care. This is the compulsory first stage of the process that will help you access government-funded aged care services.  There is plenty of useful information...

How to find aged care

How to find aged care

Are you trying to find aged care for your loved one, but you are unsure where to start? It can all seem a bit overwhelming at first and it is hard to know where to begin. That is where Aged Care Decisions comes into the picture. At Aged Care Decisions, we assist...

About Aged Care Assessments

About Aged Care Assessments

The very first step in the aged care journey is to check what type of care you or your elderly loved one is eligible for. This is done through an in-person assessment called the Aged Care Assessment, often referred to by our team as the ACAT. You can book this online...

Starting the Aged Care Conversation

Starting the Aged Care Conversation

Let’s face it, talking about aged care with a loved one is not a conversation anyone looks forward to. In fact, it is something we may even dread. Choosing aged care is not an easy decision and it can often be difficult to admit when it may be time to consider aged...

Celebrating Christmas in Aged Care This Year

Celebrating Christmas in Aged Care This Year

It’s that time of year when families get together and celebrate Christmas by enjoying food, gifts and each other’s company. If it’s your first Christmas with your loved one in aged care, this can be a particularly tough time. Similarly, if you’re just about to have a...

Guide to Home Care Packages

Guide to Home Care Packages

For many seniors, the aged care journey does not always start with - or even include - residential aged care. In fact, with over 130,000 elderly Australians who are currently assigned Home Care Packages, it seems staying at home is now the more preferable way...

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...

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