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The Aged Care Royal Commission – first shots fired

The largest 100 aged care service providers in Australia will have very recently received initial correspondence from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (Commission) inviting early submissions.

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Health and Community: Law Alert

Appointment of Alison Choy Flannigan

Leading independent business law firm Hall & Wilcox has bolstered its health, aged care, life sciences and community practices by appointing a respected leader in the field Alison Choy Flannigan as a new partner and leader of the firm’s national industry team.

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The Aged Care Royal Commission – it begins

Following a brief period of public and stakeholder consultation, the Federal Government has wasted no time in formally establishing the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, by the issue of Letters Patent dated 8 October 2018.

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Proposed amendments to Retirement Villages Act withdrawn

On 5 June 2014, the Government tabled provisions to amend the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (NSW) (the Act) that were scheduled to commence from 4 July 2014 with the commencement of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014 (the Bill). Those changes to the Act have since been withdrawn.

The Bill commenced on 4 July 2014 without the amendments to the Act included.  They had been removed by the legislative council on 18 June 2014 prior to the Bill being passed. More…

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Aged Care Facility Owners and Managers Beware: The Security of Payment Trap is About to Widen!

All states and territories of Australia have their own legislation governing payment claims for building work or related goods and services.  In New South Wales it is the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (BCISPA).

BCISPA’s scope covers most building work and related goods and services, no matter what the industry, with only a few exceptions.  It often, indeed almost always, applies to residential and aged care facilities, and the owners and managers of such facilities (Providers) need to be very mindful of it. More…

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Disability services worker convicted for breach of safety laws

 

What happened?

A Disability Services Officer, responsible for providing support to residents with intellectual and physical disabilities, has been convicted of breaching safety laws following a “serious departure” from the requirements of her role as a carer after a resident with epilepsy and limited communication skills received serious burns from bathing in very hot water in a bath run by the employee.

The employee was employed as a Disability Services Officer, and was responsible for providing residential support to residents with intellectual and physical disabilities who lived full time at the residence. More…

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Partners present on assisting with aging loved ones

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Colleen Chinlund

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Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partners Colleen A. Chinlund and Thomas F. McGuire presented a seminar titled “Helping Aging Loved Ones” on May 23, 2013 in the Chicago office. This informative discussion offered practical and helpful tips to assist attendees in planning the financial and legal considerations of their aging loved ones.

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Advance Care Planning and Representation Agreements

In the lead up to National Advance Care Planning Day, which took place on April 16th, the Globe and Mail printed a short interview with Balfour Mount, the creator of the term “palliative care”. His work focuses on relieving patients’ pain and preventing patients’ suffering by taking a holistic approach to patient care. Palliative care recognizes that pain and suffering is not only physical, but also mental, emotional, spiritual, and social. It deals with all of these aspects. You might ask: what does this have to do with estate planning?

Advance care planning has informal and formal components. Informally, a person should discuss his or her wishes with family members, including wishes with respect to palliative care. Formally, a person should engage a legal professional to discuss and prepare certain legal documents.

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Aged Care reforms are underway

On 1 August 2012, the Minister for Health and Ageing, the Honourable Mark Butler MP made two announcements representing significant steps forward for the implementation of the Government’s $3.7 billion aged care reform package Living Longer, Living Better announced in April this year.

To access our summary of the reform package, click here.

The Minister announced firstly the establishment of the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) and secondly, the appointment of the five remaining members of the Aged Care Reform Implementation Council (the Council).  More…

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Aged Care Reform – Living Longer, Living Better – Anywhere you like.

On 20 April 2012, the Federal Government responded to the Productivity Commission’s review of the aged care system in 2011 and released a package of reform initiatives designed to reshape this system. When viewed as a whole, the reforms are intended to change the emphasis from ‘aged care’ to ‘aged living’, which means choice and flexibility for the consumer.

The reforms will not only affect current participants in the aged care sector, namely approved providers and lenders, but will also be relevant to the growing number of retirement village operators who find more of the residents living in their villages receiving some form of government care support.

In terms of timing, the reform package will be rolled out over five years commencing on 1 July 2012. More…

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