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Home care assistance is an important factor in helping older Australians stay at home and remain independent for longer. Receiving support at home can delay and sometimes even prevent the need for moving into a residential care facility. The Australian Government has...
Sometimes we all need a break. As a carer, or a person being cared for, a short break is essential to relieve stress and provide you both an opportunity to recharge. This could be for a few hours at your home, a day out in the community, or a short stay in an...
Featuring prominently in the news over the last couple of weeks has been the Federal Budget. Following the release of the Aged Care Royal Commission, it’s no surprise that there are big plans for the aged care sector. As a result of the findings from the recent Royal...
Frequently Asked Questions
What is RAD?
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 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.
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Aged Care News
The Aged Care Royal Comission is here. Our industry is experiencing an important period of change to make sure our loved ones are receiving the best possible care. What is the Royal Commission into Aged Care? The Royal Commission was established on 8 October...
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...
Covid Impact on Aged Care As Australia is starting to see the light at the end of the Coronavirus tunnel, it has made us reflect on how COVID-19 has been affecting our elderly. Whilst older Australians are indeed more vulnerable to the virus, it is important not just...
Aged Care Fees
What is a Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD)? Up until a few years ago, anyone entering aged care would pay a bond for their accommodation, as tenants do when renting a home. Today you pay a Refundable Accommodation Deposit instead, at a price set by the facility....
What is the difference between a DAP and a RAD and who pays what? Getting your head around the different aged care accommodation fees can be difficult but, in this article, we’re going to make it a lot easier to understand. In our last article we talked about...
Residential Aged Care
Looking for suitable Aged Care Near Me, but you're unsure how 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 thousands of families...
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...
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...
What is Respite Care? Respite Care is a short term Residential Aged Care stay that is subsidised by the Australian Government to support families in caring for their elderly loved ones. Respite care is available to any person with an ACAT assessment indicating...
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...
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...
Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle
The Winter flu season is well and truly upon us already, and the thing is, it isn’t even winter yet. With the “real” winter still a few weeks away and the news already full of flu outbreaks, especially in Aged Care facilities, the question begs to be asked, “Is it too...
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