If you’re not properly prepared, a move into aged care can cause great emotional stress. Navigating your way through the aged care process and options can be complex and overwhelming.

Here are five tips from our senior aged care specialist to help your planning.

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  1. Keep your financial documentation in one place

    Have documents such as bank balances and investment statements, shareholdings, house rates notice, pension and super details on hand so that your financial situation can be pieced together quickly and easily.

  2. Make sure your will is up to date

    As well as keeping your will current, don't forget that you may have to appoint an executor, an enduring power of attorney, a medical power of attorney and a guardian.

    It’s important to have powers of attorney in place before you need them because an enduring power of attorney cannot be established once a person has lost capacity. The great thing about powers of attorney is that you can specify when they come into force—either immediately, on a particular date, or when it has been determined that you no longer have capacity to make such decisions. The executor is responsible to make sure all your wishes are carried out in accordance with your will, so it’s important to appoint someone you trust.

  3. Have the discussion early with your family

    If the family knows your wishes ahead of time, it can make things a bit easier if a trigger event occurs.

  4. Attend facility open days so you’re informed

    It’s a good idea to attend aged care open days so you can assess their facilities and ask questions about fees and costs. Consider booking respite care ahead of time.

  5. Get clarity about cost

    There's a bewildering array of funding considerations and options when it comes to aged care. And it's important to get the key decisions right from the start to avoid heartache and financial stress later. Key decisions might include whether to sell the family home, what assets to keep or sell, and how to cover the ongoing costs.

We can help you

Good financial advice on aged care can help you to navigate the tough decisions and avoid mistakes that may be hard to undo.

Advice is available through our wholly owned financial planning business, StatePlus.

Their aged care specialist advisers can guide you through the complexities of aged care, how to pay the accommodation fees, maximise government benefits available and more.

Book an appointment with an aged care specialist