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Home care pricing to be published

Home care providers have until the end of November to publish pricing information relating to the services they offer, including any administration and case management fees. But it will be a further six months before full transparency and information comparing pricing will be available on the government’s My Aged Care website. In a move not unlike

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Expect to pay if you are going to stay at home

A record number of older Australians are receiving Government subsidised care in their own home. However a major shortage in the number of home care packages, together with growing care needs, means more people can expect to use their own assets to pay for the care they need if they want to stay put longer.

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Sanctions on Baptistcare home a lesson for all

Sanctions on one of Canberra’s newest and grandest aged care facilities imposed by the Department of Health earlier this month is a timely reminder to all aged care providers to get their complaints and other systems in order. Residents and family associated with the facility at BaptistCare Griffith were told on August 2 that the

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CHSP Vs Home Care Package

Given the choice between paying $10 a week or $72 for someone to clean for an hour, it is not surprising that most people choose the cheaper option – even if they can afford to pay more. This is one possible cost difference between getting help via the Commonwealth Home Support Program and the Home

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Elder Abuse

​With the increasing proportion of people aged 65 and over, the problem of elder financial abuse is a growing concern. While the full extent in Australia is unknown, conservative estimates suggest at least 10 per cent of older Australians suffer from financial abuse each year. The surprising factor is that their adult children are most

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How to help kids financially without severely impacting your own savings

Family gatherings at this time of year may trigger talk of early inheritance or financial assistance with upcoming expenses. But, as they say on the airlines; fit your own life vest before assisting others. It doesn’t matter whether additional funds are needed to pay for living expenses, school fees or holidays; take the time to

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Home Care Package Changes: More choice for elderly

Consumers are used to shopping around for the best electricity and phone deals. Now people who receive aged-care services in their home will be able to do the same. Recipients have a far greater control over which provider delivers the services they need, in a manner they are happy with, cost effectively. Under Increasing Choice in Home

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Home Care Changes

Home Care Becomes a Buyer’s Market CONSUMERS are used to shopping around for better deals with cars, interest rates and hotel rooms. Under Increasing Choice in Home Care reforms, from February 27, if someone with a home-care package is unhappy with the service they are getting from a provider, they will easily be able to

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Leave your affairs in order

Leaving your affairs in order is a gift to those left behind. Keeping the following information in one folder that holds all the relevant documents and/or information will assist the executor and family to carry out your wishes in a timely way. Note: Remember to make sure that family and executors know where the folder

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Dying to know

Death and dying aren’t regular dinner table conversation. But that doesn’t mean they should never been mentioned. How else will someone know what you want? Plan to plan Burial or cremation, church or hall, music or hymns? These are all decisions that at the time of death someone generally has to make on behalf of others.

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