With aged care in the government spotlight, this article encourages people and their families to plan ahead for aged care instead of leaving it to the last minute.
It is expected that the Australian population over the age of 70 will reach nearly four million in the next 20 years, which means that aged care is an issue that will affect an increasing number of families. But it’s not just older Australians who need to understand how the aged care system works – anyone with aging parents may find themselves having to understand this complex system at very short notice.
Many people will make private arrangements for their retirement living. They may stay in their own homes, perhaps with help from family or other carers. Some will move into a retirement village and retain their independence. For others, a time will come when they need a higher level of care.
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