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.
Geoff specialises in superannuation strategies, investment planning, taxation planning, retirement planning including Centrelink, personal risk insurance and business advice.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, with a major in Accounting and a Sub Major in Law in 1993. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning, from which he gained knowledge about various financial planning strategies.
Prior to joining Camden Valley Financial Solutions in March 2004 as Accountant and Financial Planner, Geoff was employed for 16 years in Business Banking with a major bank in Sydney and also spent time at a Financial Planning/Mortgage Broking company in a senior position.
In early 2017 Camden Valley Financial Planning was created out of Camden Valley Financial Solutions to provide a dedicated branch for financial planning.
Commercially-minded and practical, Geoff is highly valued for his technical knowledge and practical approach to helping clients and is praised by clients for his ability to provide simple advice on complex matters.
He has a love of all sports and is community minded with roles on the local Chamber of Commerce.