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Find the latest aged care information by browsing through our selection of important aged care information news and updates. Can’t find what you need? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us to work with our specialist team.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is RAD?

RAD stands for a Refundable Accomodation Deposit. Read more about the RAD here .

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.

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What is a RAD?

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....

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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...

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Short Term Respite Care Options Available

​ 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...

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Guide to Home Care Packages

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Have more questions about our Aged Care Facilities or Home Care Providers?

Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Aged Care Decisions team