IN­SIDE: Ap­ply­ing for aged care about to get eas­ier:

Mak­ing it sim­pler for you to find aged care ser­vices

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Ju­lia Whitwell ju­lia.whitwell@sc­news.com.au

AP­PLY­ING for aged care is about to get eas­ier, with the help of a new not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion.

ABC of Aged Care is de­liv­er­ing sem­i­nars across the Coast with in­for­ma­tion to help find and ap­ply for the right as­sis­tance.

Di­rec­tor Sigrid de Kaste said she started the or­gan­i­sa­tion af­ter seek­ing aged care for her mother, and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing first-hand how dif­fi­cult the process could be.

“I was told to ap­ply for at least five places at once,” Ms de Kaste said.

“All the ap­pli­ca­tions can be con­fus­ing, with one form ask­ing for many of the same de­tails as the next.

“A lot of what they’re ask­ing isn’t rel­e­vant un­til you’ve been ac­cepted.”

Ms de Kaste has de­vel­oped a pack­age to as­sist with the first stages of ap­ply­ing for aged care, and is pitch­ing the tem­plate for fa­cil­i­ties to adopt.

“It of­fers fa­cil­i­ties the most im­por­tant, foun­da­tion in­for­ma­tion so peo­ple can ap­ply for five places eas­ily,” she said.

“And when they’re ac­cepted, they can go into the de­tails the fa­cil­ity specif­i­cally needs.”

Ms de Kaste said ABC of Aged Care’s com­mu­nity sem­i­nars were about help­ing peo­ple pre­pare for un­ex­pected cir­cum­stances.

“We’re tak­ing a roadmap into the com­mu­nity so that peo­ple know, be­fore an emer­gency arises, what they can do if they need ac­cess to ser­vices or to find place­ment for their loved ones.”

Ear­lier this month she pre­sented the roadmap to the RAAF As­so­ci­a­tion in Kawana Waters, and on Oc­to­ber 27 she will be speak­ing at Parkin­son’s Queens­land in Nambour.

RAAF As­so­ci­a­tion Kawana Waters Branch sec­re­tary Lance Doughty said the sem­i­nar had im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion for any­one con­sid­er­ing aged care op­tions.

“We have mem­bers start­ing to move into aged care,” Mr Daughty said.

“It was a good, easy to un­der­stand pre­sen­ta­tion.

To book a sem­i­nar for your club, to do­nate, or to vol­un­teer as a pre­sen­ter, visit: ab­cofaged­care.org.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

MAK­ING IT EASY: Sigrid de Kaste from ABC of Aged Care get­ting ready to bring you a sim­pli­fied ap­pli­ca­tion process for aged care.

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