Navigating by way of the aged-care maze

Luisa Capezio, aged care adviser, left, and Craig Phillips, director/principal adviser.

On this column LUISA CAPEZIO and CRAIG PHILLIPS, of Phillips Wealth Companions, define 5 key areas to contemplate when planning to maneuver into aged care…

ANYONE shifting into residential aged care will, probably, be confronted with many private and monetary choices.

Right here, we undergo 5 key areas to assist make the transition in care simpler.


A helpful first step is to plan early. Begin this course of by having a household assembly to make shared choices. Use the assembly to have frank and open discussions about:

  • Care choices and preferences. 
  • Potential issues or points.
  • Who must be concerned in any planning.

Accessing choices

To entry subsidised aged care, register with MyAgedCare and prepare a free evaluation by the Aged Care Evaluation Workforce. This workforce will assist grant approval to entry subsidised aged care companies comparable to dwelling, respite or everlasting residential aged care.

Understanding the prices

What you pay for residential aged care can be divided into contributions in the direction of lodging, care and extra companies.

How a lot you need to pay will rely on:

  • The alternatives you make.
  • Your assessable property and revenue.

The full payable might be laborious to calculate with out good recommendation. Eveyone’s is completely different. There isn’t any “one-size-fits-all” price. 

Protecting the prices

Earlier than making a transfer, a whole evaluation of your monetary state of affairs is good to make sure you create ample money stream and maximise your property.

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At Phillips Wealth Companions, we work with purchasers to evaluation their full monetary state of affairs. We develop an acceptable technique to assist them decide on how finest to pay for his or her aged-care charges on arrival, the primary yr and projected a number of years forward.


Whenever you settle for a spot in care you’ll be required to signal a residential settlement. This settlement consists of details about rights, obligations, and aged-care charges. 

The charges will start whenever you settle for to enter completely, however you get 28 days to inform the aged-care dwelling whether or not you’ll be paying a lump sum, a each day charge or a mix of each. There are at all times choices to vary the fee construction down the monitor. 

For one of the best consequence, begin planning early, contain your trusted advisers and look past simply the primary yr implications.

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Disclaimer: This column incorporates common recommendation, please don’t depend on it. Should you require particular recommendation on this matter please contact Phillips Wealth Companions or your skilled adviser. Phillips Wealth Companions Pty Ltd ACN 624858420 is a company authorised consultant of Perception Funding Providers Pty Ltd AFSL 309996.