Entering the aged care system is often a difficult time for many families. We, or someone we love, face the prospect of a loss of independence. It can all be very scary.
What’s more, the financial aspects of the aged care system are incredibly complex. What fees do you have to pay? When do you have to pay them? To whom do you have to pay them? How does being in residential care affect your Centrelink entitlements? Your super arrangements? Your estate plans?
We can assist you to fully understand your financial situation and the way that this interacts with your aged care. This involves things like:
- Working out the type and quality of care you can afford;
- Working out the costs of this care;
- Arranging to pay your accommodation and care fees that apply;
- Ensuring you maximise your Centrelink pension and any other entitlements;
- Best managing your family home and other significant assets; and
- Simply ensuring that your time in aged care is as financially comfortable as possible.
In the best cases, planning for aged care should start well before the need for aged care arises. The planning should start when your retirement planning starts – aged care is, after all, part of your retirement. And starting the planning process as early as possible lets you also ensure that this planning complements the other elements of your financial plan, such as your estate planning.
That said, it is also never too late for good planning. So, if aged care is already a reality, then get in touch with us and make sure that you make that reality as pleasant and satisfying as possible.
I greatly enjoy helping people achieve their financial goals, and I am committed to providing a high level of service to my clients. I pride myself on being open and honest with clients, as well as keeping the promises and commitments I make to them.
I have more than 30 years experience in the financial services industry, starting as an insurance agent with a large financial institution, and moving through a broad range of management positions and financial planning roles. Having worked for over 12 years with State Super Financial Services, I am an expert in Commonwealth Public Sector Defined Benefit Schemes –CSS and PSS. I have a strong background working through Redundancies and developing Centrelink (Age Pension) strategies.
Born and bred in Melbourne, I have spent most of my working life here, apart from short stints in rural Victoria and New South Wales. I am married with three adult children, and now have 4 grandsons. I enjoy overseas travel with my wife, am a keen golfer and long time supporter of the Geelong Football Club.
Chris Thorn is an authorised representative (1258276) of Nextplan Financial Pty Ltd (AFSL 1258276).