Australia is being transformed by an aging population with over a quarter now over the age of 65.
There has been an increased focus on Elder Law particularly around the rights and responsibilities of aged persons in retirement villages or aged care facilities. We are seeing a demand for residential care, accommodation and community-based services, that is growing rapidly.
As a consequence the legal profession is seeing the following practice areas developing:
retirement villages and aged care facilities with residential and care agreements dealing with monetary bonds and care standards;
– aged care and relevant legislation;
– retirement planning;
– estate planning, including wills, enduring powers of attorney and advanced health directives;
– age pensions.
It can be daunting for a loved one entering into a new living environment and also on family members who may not be able to provide the level of care and support for an elderly family member to remain living independently.
A solicitor can assist family members in walking the complicated path of retirement or aged care living arrangements, with all the complexities around rights and obligations and compliance with the legislation.
Please do not hesitate to get independent legal advice to understand this part of life’s journey for your benefit and for the benefit of your loved one who may be entering into retirement or age care living.