Can I please see Mum’s file and records?

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Many people are apparently confused – including aged care providers, residents and their family members, about their respective rights to withhold and to have access to information which may have been accumulated about a particular person while that person has been in a residential care facility. This short article attempts…

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ACFI Funding – where does the money go?

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Recently, the Minister for Ageing was reported in the media (15 April 2012) to comment about a multi-billion-dollar cost blowout in the aged care system. The Minister was referring to a report to the effect that there were unusual claiming patterns by aged care Providers which result in increased subsidy payments but…

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A legal perspective aged care

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This is a general comment about the current state of information available to intending residents and their families and supporters in the aged care system in Australia. I have been moved to think about these issues by the campaign which has begun on the Aged care crisis website. There is much which…

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Residential care agreements

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Here are some ideas which should be considered before signing the contract which you must be offered before entering a residential care facility (RCF). Don’t just say ‘yes’ A residential care agreement should be offered by the approved provider before the care recipient enters residential care. The terms of the…

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Making a Family Agreement

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  There is definitely a case to be made for a written family agreement which includes private commitments made between elders and their relatives friends and carers designed to accommodate the health care and security needs and wishes of the elder in their advancing years, consistent with the needs and…

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