Aged care season and why we need to talk about it

Navigating parental care and when to step in: Rachel Lane’s expert tips to helping aging parents Some people call it the silly season, others call it the festive season, but I call this time of year aged care season. It’s a time when families come together, maybe for the first time since last Christmas, and notice […]

Supersize your downsize

For many, the term “downsize” conjures images of a more compact, less expensive dwelling. Yet, downsizing doesn’t necessarily equate to moving into a micro-residence. In reality, it’s less about square metres and more about finding a home that aligns with the next exciting chapter in your life! Yes, at times downsizing means a smaller garden […]

Pensions set to increase on September 20

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Mark your calendars for September 20th! It’s not just the usual indexation to pensions we’re looking at; this date also brings significant reforms to JobSeeker and Rent Assistance. These updates stem from the recently announced 2023-24 Federal Budget. Let’s delve into the specifics. Age Pension overhaul You’ll be happy to hear that Age Pension payments […]

More retirement villages ditch capital gain sharing in contract revamp

Retirement village contracts are undergoing a significant shift, moving towards prioritising certainty and flexibility for residents over offering them a portion of the capital gain on their units. The latest data from the 2023 Retirement Living Census reveals fascinating insights about the evolving nature of these contracts. If you’re considering the move to a retirement […]

Four steps to take before downsizing your home

For many Australians approaching their golden years, the family home starts to feel like the “forever home”, a place to spend the serene retirement years. However, the choice to downsize can be a monumental one, requiring thorough research and introspection. Step 1: Understanding the ‘why’ behind downsizing The reasons for downsizing are as diverse as […]

How much does it cost to move to a retirement village

When considering the move to a retirement village, one can easily become overwhelmed with the intricate financial details. Numerous fees and costs make it a daunting process for many. Nevertheless, by segmenting these fees into ‘ingoing’, ‘ongoing’, and ‘outgoing’, the task becomes much more manageable. Here’s a breakdown of five essential steps to navigate the […]

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