Aged Care

Aged-care revolution

Phillip Coorey JULIA GILLARD has promised to reform the aged-care sector before the next election as the Productivity Commission recommended a system of government-backed loans and savings accounts to spare the...

Funding rise for aged care worth just a banana a day

aged care facilities.

Mark Metherell THE squeeze on nursing homes, which are already straining to cover staff and fresh food costs, has tightened with the government announcing a below-inflation funding rise worth just a banana a day...

Home care

Back on his feet

get well

Christine Perrott Christine Perrott's husband was ill and bedridden when he was told to go into aged care. She had other ideas.

Hoarding disorder

All too much: the people who can't let go


Konrad Marshall When you visit Linda Sexton at home, she gives you directions not just to her street address, but to her door. Can't come through the main gate. Front door is blocked.

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Happy dance

Adults urged to go back to play school

No Lights No Lycra

Jill Stark When the lights go down, I have no idea what to expect. But the music starts and it just happens: we dance.

User pays, but selling up will be optional

Mark Butler

Adele Horin AUSTRALIANS will pay more for residential aged care under a proposed radical shake-up that includes the family home in a new means test but selling the house will not be necessary.

Lifetime of paying is still not enough

Walter Trautsch and Marcia Trautsch

Erik Jensen WALTER Trautsch retired six months ago. After 50 years driving taxis - and the last six in hire cars - he reasoned he could sell the family home in West Hoxton, build elsewhere, and still have enough...

It's thumbs-up from most of the industry


Adele Horin THE body representing pensioners reacted angrily to the Productivity Commission report on aged care, describing it as a ''declaration of war on the family home''.

Sea-changers put coastal care services under strain

Christopher Knaus and Breanna Tucker A LACK of specialised health services, aged care places and public infrastructure are forcing ''sea change'' retirees to move back to the cities, according to interest groups.

Families avoid burden of care for aged parents


Adele Horin AUSTRALIANS have little faith in the family's ability to care for elderly parents, a study shows. They want government to do more.