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In Home Care: what is consumer directed care?

Posted by Len Schoof
on 21st March 2014

When the government unveiled its Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package on 20 April 2012 it included a significant change to aged home care funding. This would result in aged care following the disability sector by introducing a consumer directed care model that would provide our seniors with more choice, control and flexibility […]

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Aged Care Workforce: A Growing Crisis

Posted by Len Schoof
on 28th February 2014

 Fact 1 “The number of Australians 65 and over is projected to double, from 3.2 million people, (14 percent of the population) in 2012 to 6.8 million (20 percent) by 2040”1 “The number of Australians aged 85 years and over is projected to almost triple by 2040, from 430,000 in 2012 (2 percent of the population) […]

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Aged Care at Home: The role of ACAT

Posted by Len Schoof
on 21st February 2014

People that are exploring in home care options for an aged or senior family member are often unclear as to the role of the ACAT. So let’s have brief look at this and share some links to further information. ACAT is an acronym for Aged Care Assessment Team. It’s a government body that consists of various […]

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Retire at 70? Government must make tough choices!

Posted by Len Schoof
on 25th November 2013

Governments in the 21st Century need to make tough choices to deal with growing deficits. Today a report released by Grattan Institute suggested that a raft of reforms around superannuation and aged pension would have the single most beneficial impact on budget deficits. Broadly, the plan proposed by the Grattan Institute includes the following elements: […]

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Caring for the Carer – Part 1

Posted by Len Schoof
on 15th November 2013

I’ve been fortunate to come back recently from an overseas trip. Several times over, during that trip, I had to listen to the usual pre-flight safety briefing. I’m sure many of you know what I’m talking about. Anyway, it was the warning to “first put on your own oxygen mask and lifejacket before you assist […]

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In-Home Care or Facility

Posted by Len Schoof
on 19th August 2013

Most of us would agree with the adage: “there’s no place like home!” How much more so then for our senior citizens who are accustomed to a lifetime of independence and possibly decades of calling the same place home. It is understandable that when it becomes necessary to transition from a fully independent lifestyle into […]

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Aged Care Legislation Passes Parliament

Posted by Len Schoof
on 1st August 2013

After much hype legislation containing changes to the Aged Care Act 1997 was passed by both houses of the Australian parliament on 26 June 2013. Political rhetoric aside, what does all this really mean for Australia’s burgeoning ageing population and how will this impact you? Firstly, for the consumer the main changes relate to: residential […]

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