Frequently Asked Questions
Below you’ll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Aged Care. We are constantly adding most asked question to this page so if you have a question and don’t see your answer, don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Definitely not! At Aged Care Financial Planning, we operate on a strict no surprises, Fee for Service basis and will always let you know what the costs are beforehand.
We have absolutely no institutional involvement and focus on the right strategy with no undue influence from product providers.
In the event that you have an older Grandfathered product that we’re retaining, if we can’t turn the commissions off, we’ll rebate them back to you in full.
Maybe / maybe not. Part of the process is determining the implications of each choice (retain/retain and rent/sell) on cash flow and asset/estate position.
The financially optimal solution isn’t always the best solution for your family and we can help you make an informed choice.
The Initial Aged Care appointment will be made up of 4 parts and lasts approximately 1.5 – 2 hours.
- Understanding your situation and what you’re seeking.
- Education Session about the Aged Care System
- We’ll cover off on the Aged Care landscape with explanations about what you’re in for (in plain English)
- Answering lots of questions
- Calculations about Cash flows and understanding your Financial position
- Next Steps – let you know we need to do next and the costs involved.
The cost of the first meeting is $395 – generally held in our office in Clayton or securely over Video Conference.
If you require a meeting in your home or parents home to make it easier for all the decision makers to be there, we can accomodate this with extra travel costs which we’ll let you know upfront.
Definitely. Whether you’re a Self Funded Retiree or in receipt of a Centrelink/DVA Pension, entry into Care will need some DHS/Centrelink forms filled out correctly.
If standing in line at your local Centrelink office doesn’t sound like fun, we can help.
Reduce stress is a big one, but more tangibly we can increase Aged Pension, reduce Aged Care fees, protect Estates, minimise tax and lay out a clear road map for the whole family.
The rules are constantly changing and we stay on top of what levers we can pull to keep you in the best position.
• How your age pension is affected?
• How to pay for your accommodation?
• What you will pay for your ongoing care?
• Whether you need to pay any tax?
• Whether you have enough cashflow to pay for your care and living expenses?
• The impact on your net wealth and your estate?
Proper Aged Care planning complements estate planning by respecting the wishes of the aged, minimising estate losses and encouraging cooperation amongst family members.
We can help remove emotion from the decision making process so family members can think clearly and make an informed decision. Effectively, we can take the target off the back off the main decision maker and make sure the family are all on one page.
If you have low levels of income and assets you may qualify as a low-means resident. The amount you pay towards your accommodation will be based on your income and assets. The government will also pay some of the cost.
As a general rule, you are only likely to qualify if you do not own your own home or if your spouse or other “protected” person will continue living in your home and you have income and assets under certain thresholds. This isn’t always the best outcome, so make sure you get in touch if you’ve heard any of these terms mentioned.
Not quite a question, but a very common concern from clients.
As Financial Planners, we understand the deep and trusted relationship that you hold with your trusted advisor. Aged Care is a very specialised area and with the constant changes to rules, documentation, landscape, most Financial Planners are happy to outsource this area to a specialist and is the soure of many of our referrals.
We are happy to take care of the Strategic Aged Care recommendations which are complementary to the services already provided and can involve them in the decision making/implementation, if appropriate.