There are a number of things that are required for the conclusion of a care contract – the method of payment depends on individual circumstances. For example, a resident who is hesitant to sell the family home can make regular payments. Another option is to defer payment. A resident must have at least six months to pay a accommodation obligation: s57.16 of the law. If the home care service is not certified, this six-month period begins with certification. Do not assume that a potential resident or their family will seek your opinion before the person has moved into home care. Often, the urgency of a person`s living conditions and the lack (perceived or real) of housing mean that residents often take a place on call and then think about the documents. Moving to home care can affect the resident`s pension. There are a number of issues that should be considered in this case. For example, the pension rate may be changed because of the wealth or income test. Housing assistance may be due and a resident may be entitled to a single pension rate while still a member of a couple.
ROB PHILLIPS is a single practitioner who works on legal issues affecting the elderly and is a member of the ELDER RIGHT COMMITTEE. He is a member of the VCAT and the Mental Health Review Board, has organized seminars on villages for the elderly and is the author of the upcoming book „Older Residents and the Law – Housing, Care Options and Legal Issues in Victoria”, published by the Victoria Law Foundation. This article is based on the chapter on home old age care in this book. Their rights and duties will be the same as those of all the other inhabitants. In order to ensure the protection of your rights and duties, there is legislation that all government-funded retirement homes must comply with. Don`t sign an agreement that requires you to do things you don`t have to do. It is much easier to get the agreement just before signing than to correct it after it has been signed! Change the document and leave all parts of the initial changes. If the caregiver insists that you sign an agreement that displeases you, the Seniors` Rights Department recommends that you leave. The Seniors Rights Service recommends that you only sign an agreement that reflects the exact conditions under which you enter the retirement home.
You are almost at the end of your journey of care for the elderly. The aged care sector is currently developing a code of conduct for all caregivers for the elderly. Before you move in, a retirement home offers to sign a residency agreement that can cover things like the benefits you receive, the fees and fees you have as an occupant of the house. There are also specific rules for the treatment of assets and incomes for the elderly. If a resident pays a residential obligation when entering a nursing home for the elderly, the refundable amount of the loan – the so-called amount of compensation for the mortgage – is not taken into account in the review of pension assets: ss11 (3B) and 1118 (1)).u) Social Security Act 1991 (Cth). If you decide to enter into a resident agreement, you do not have to sign it at the time of the offer. Perhaps you want to take the time to seek help from your friends, family, guardians, financial advisors or legal practitioners to go through the agreement, even if you don`t need to.