October 29, 2019

A common topic at any gathering of baby boomers is often “Should we downsize? When and where would be the best option?". The rapid expansion of support options are enabling people to live independently at home for much longer, and choosing the home that will meet your...

August 9, 2019

When my parents, in their late eighties and early nineties, needed some additional support beyond what family could provide to remain living independently at home, I offered to help them navigate the aged care system.

So commenced interactions with assessment officers,...

August 5, 2019

There have been recent reports of scammers targeting older people receiving Home Care Packages.  The telephone scam involves offering a better Home Care Package, and then luring the client into paying money or purchasing home care vouchers.

Scams come in all shapes and...

July 8, 2019

2019 did not start well!  An unexpected back operation followed by a bout of influenza A which turned into pneumonia and ongoing respiratory issues resulted in a relationship with the health sector like never before. And, while all of the health professionals I encount...

July 1, 2019

With the preferred choice of older people to remain living at home, more and more providers are entering the home care market.  The number of providers approved to deliver government-subsidised home care packages reached 917 nationally in March – a massive increase of...

June 21, 2019

My mum died last month. She was almost 97. Mum had lived independently with help from family, friends, neighbours and a Veterans Affairs Homecare package up to the age of 95 years. Eighteen months ago mum moved into residential aged care as both her cognitive decline a...

May 1, 2019

Increasingly elderly people are choosing to access aged care within their homes to remain living independently. The positive benefits of remaining at home as we age are many, however, for some people this may also result in feeling more isolated and lonely.

My 91 year...

March 13, 2019

Up until the beginning of 2017 Mum and Dad lived a happy independent life, married for 67 years; however, when Dad’s health started to deteriorate it was evident they needed support to remain living at home. With the help of the family, Mum and Dad started to navigate...

January 26, 2019

Planning for the future includes making provision for the possibility of reduced decision-making capacity, be it the result of cognitive decline, the onset of dementia, or incapacitation due to illness or accident. 

Forward planning, and putting in place appropriate le...

January 9, 2019

Increasingly the preferred choice of older people is to remain living at home as they age, leading to a boom in the home care business.  More and more providers are entering the market, which now includes large for-profit businesses, traditional non-government provider...