Chapter 12

Aged care

Old age: the crown of life, our play’s last act.

Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman statesman, born 106 BC

Being able to navigate your way through the aged-care system for a loved one requires some careful steering, as the complexities of aged care can baffle the inexperienced. The time constraints of organisers — you or your family — coupled perhaps with resistance from the person needing care, can compound the problem. You will want to navigate with your loved one’s best interests at heart and in a way that maximises their ability to maintain dignity and independence. These are as important in old age as at any other time in life.

Aged care is a difficult and tricky topic to broach because you are often dealing with people ...

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