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‘Let’s talk about aged care’ Excerpt from the My Aged Care Website…..

“The ‘Let’s talk about changes to aged care’ campaign is encouraging people to start talking about aged care and the changes that start from 1 July 2014.

The changes to aged care will give you more choice, more control, and more of the services you might need to help you stay in your own home for longer and remain independent.

These changes mean all Australians will have options for their aged care, and we’ll have a sustainable system in the years ahead.

The sooner we all start planning for and talking about aged care, the better the outcome for older people, their families and carers.

Changes starting from 1 July 2014 include:
More support to stay independent and in your own home and community, with more Home Care Packages to meet your needs.
Older people will be asked to contribute to the costs of care, if they can afford to do so.
Greater flexibility over how to pay for your accommodation in an aged care home.
Transparent accommodation prices and services listed on the My Aged Care website.
Centrelink will provide income testing for people receiving home care, and both income and asset testing for people receiving residential care.”