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Aged Care

The Price We Pay

Of the many complaints levelled at the Australian Funeral Industry over the last 20 years or so, by far the largest from consumers and community groups have concerned the rising cost of funerals and how they are paid for. The Cost of Funerals Investigations by a number of organisations including the University of Wollongong (2017),… Read more »

Estate Planning – Why it’s time to act

It’s time to address your Estate planning ‘Estate Planning’, it’s something that we put off.  Perhaps because we don’t feel like we have an ‘estate‘ or perhaps our ‘estate’ is too complex.  Some have lodged a will 20 years ago, the majority of us still haven’t ever got around to it. The truth is, we… Read more »

How to help your grandparents use video calling during COVID-19

“Social distancing” is now a household term worldwide. That’s great if you and your family are all geared up with technology such as mobile phones, tablets, computers and WiFi to keep connected with the rest of the world. But what about the thousands of grandparents who are left isolated, confused and feeling quite vulnerable with… Read more »

Advance care planning – now more important than ever

As Australia prepares for the COVID-19 crisis in the months ahead, I urge colleagues in the aged care sector to include advance care planning in their preparations. The Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza 2019 cites the importance of Advance Care Directives as part of a coordinated response. Given that current research demonstrates that… Read more »

What happens when a sole member of an SMSF loses capacity?

A loss of capacity of a person can occur when a person is unable to understand the nature of a document or is unable to communicate a decision. What do I do?