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FEW stages in life are as difficult, complex and emotionally taxing as when the prospect of needing some form of aged care becomes the reality. It's a subject that raises myriad questions with often diverse and sometimes conflicting solutions.
To help make it as smooth a process as possible, it pays to plan ahead and get the right advice.
Providing just that sort of independent advice is what prompted Rachel Lane and co-author Noel Whittaker to put together a definitive guide to the vast range of options available to senior Australians.
Now in its third edition, and a bestseller, Aged Care, Who Cares? examines everything from granny flats to retirement communities and residential aged care, providing useful tips and traps on the various legal and financial arrangements, as well as strategies for making it more affordable.
"We have created a road map of what to think about and where to go to get help. We want people to be empowered, to be able to make the right choices, that is the ultimate aim,” Ms Lane said.
"When you hear the words 'aged care' it is often intrinsically linked to aged care facilities, but less than 20per cent of people who receive aged care live in an aged care facility.
"Most people who are at the beginning of their care journey are not instantly thinking about moving into residential care, so we have written the book to help people understand their choices and also to validate their choices,” she said.
Ms Lane said while there were sometimes difficult decisions to be made, having the right advice and planning ahead could significantly reduce any potential problems down the track.
"You don't want the conversation to be, 'You need care, how about we move you to a nursing home.' You want it to be much broader than that.
"Knowing what your options are and choosing the one that suits you is far better than waiting until it is too late and find someone is doing it for you, not with you.”
Rachel and Noel will be talking at the Retirement and Aged Care forum in Robina on August 24.
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