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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...

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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 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.

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

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...

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 family we...

When is it the right time to go into aged care?

“The right time” is not always easy to recognise. The reason why it is so tricky is because every situation is different. Every family has a different perspective on aged care and how to best manage the transition. Aged Care Decisions’ placement support service helps...

5 Things you need to know about ACAT Assessments

Getting an ACAT/S Assessment is an important part of the Aged Care process. Here is some information about what you need to know about the ACAT/S process.   What is an ACAT/S Assessment and why do we need one? An ACAT or ACAS Assessment is a process that helps...

What am I paying for in aged care?

Fees in Aged Care Explained When you’re thinking of accepting residential aged care, you need to understand what it will cost and what your money is paying for. There are four different types of fee and while they might not all apply to you, it’s important that you...

What is a RAD?

How do I know if I will have to pay a Refundable Accommodation Deposit when entering Aged Care? In a recent article we talked about Aged Care costs and what they covered. You may remember that anyone with assets over $49,000 needs to pay an accommodation fee. Today...


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