It’s no secret that Australia, like many countries around the world, has an ageing population.
While most older Australians today enjoy a younger, fitter mindset, it’s not surprising to see that demand for aged care services such as home care, residential care and retirement living is ever increasing.
Today there are over 350,000 Australians working in the aged care sector, from nurses and care workers to management and administrative staff^1. Not to mention the countless volunteers who give their time to help support older Australians, without financial reward.
In recognition of Celebrating Aged Care Week, which runs from 14 to 18 August 2017, we want to take a moment to highlight the critical role aged care workers and volunteers play in supporting older Australians, and thank them for their tireless contribution.
Their efforts to deliver the highest standards of care to older Australians not only benefits the residents they support directly, but also their families and the broader community.
Aged care for you or your loved ones
With the number of Australians aged 65 years and over expected to more than double over the next 40 years, it’s likely more and more of us will find ourselves in the position of needing aged care support or related services – either for ourselves or for our loved ones.
Navigating the world of aged care can be challenging, particularly when it comes to understanding how the cost of aged care relates to you or your loved one’s personal situation.
Supporting others with aged care decisions
It’s often human nature to ask friends, family, colleagues or even managers for advice when faced with new or challenging situations.
But while you might be comfortable recommending a restaurant for an upcoming celebration, when it comes to financial matters, things are usually much trickier.
Luckily there are experts on hand that can help you/ your partner/ friend/ family member/
co-worker – whoever it might be that needs support.
The myagedcare.gov.au site can be a useful starting point for finding out what aged care services may be available.
Or, if more personalised support is needed, it may be worth considering professional advice.
Our aged care specialist advisers understand the complexities of aged care and can provide clarity around important financial considerations.