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5 Common Myths about Brisbane Aged Care Services
Study shows that older men continue to avail home care services far less than women.
New report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows the number of men
accessing home care services is still low. In Brisbane, for example, only 30% of beneficiaries are
male. The same study also reveals that women are the dominant users of aged care services across
all ages and package levels.
Supporters and advocates of men’s health encourage aged care providers in Brisbane to overcome
the obstacles that older men experience in taking advantage of assisted services. Community Care
Review reported on low use of domestic care services among men and the need to find new
strategies to reach this market segment.
Most men who resist aged care services often believe the wrong notions of elderly care. These
misconceptions block them off from much needed services during retirement. Brisbane Aged Care
Financial Services takes a closer look on these common aged care service myths.
Five Common Myths about Brisbane Aged Care Services
There are several myths surrounding elderly care services. Most of them come from misinformation
and confusion. Some of them come from mortgage companies trying to scam families to sell their
homes to finance aged care. (Related post: Should I Sell The Home to Pay for Aged Care Cost?) But
usually, it’s just a simple case of a new concept, which requires a bit of explaining.
Accessing elderly and aged care services could help you a lot as well as your family. But you need to
understand it to reap its rewards and benefits. Regardless if you are a male who is planning for your
retirement, or you need to convince Dad to agree with assisted living, you can be guided by
debunking the following five common myths.
Myth No. 1: Elderly Care Will Make You Less Manly
This myth can be loosely attributed to the language and imagery used by aged care providers in their
marketing collaterals. Brochures, flyers, websites often use pictures of older women, so men think
the services are not relevant for them. This is often true at community facilities offering activities
such as domestic care and staying at home that decades ago were associated with women. In reality,
seeking Brisbane aged care serviceswill not make you less manly. Most care providers today are
offering vibrant programs with different activities, events and programs that can be enjoyed
regardless of gender. Having someone by your side to take care of your basic needs will help you
stay healthy so you can have more time and energy to do the things you love.
Myth No. 2: Elderly Care is a Form of Charity
Some men resist elderly care service because they think it is a form of charity. Relying on “welfare” is
a no-no for most men instilled during their childhood, because it is perceived as a sign of weakness.
Aged care system is a component program of the Department of Social Services to help Brisbane
seniors who are in need of special care. However, it is NOT a charitable work. By definition, charity
refers to the voluntary giving of help, typically in monetary form, to those in need. Take note that in
elderly care, you are the one who needs to pay for the services. A service that you pay for is not a
form of charity.
Myth No. 3: Aged Care Will Curtail My Independence
This is a common misconception among older men who likes to think that they are strong, so elderly
care is not for them. Most aged care providers in Brisbane are promoting their services to help the
elderly to maintain their independence at home. However, older men see this as an ironic
proposition. They would ask, “how is that possible to maintain my independence, if I would be
asking for help?” This “paradox” is often visible on promotional materials talking about the values of
independence, but showing elderly being assisted by carers and depicted as “weak” recipients of
care. But curtailing your independence greatly depends on your state of health. Unless you have lost
your ability to move or you are suffering from dementia, professional carers will only be there to
assist you in taking care of yourself and making certain that you are healthy and safe.
Myth No. 4: Elderly Domestic Care is a Scam
Aged care system is definitely not a scam, but cases of fraudulent companies guilty of financial abuse
against the elderly are not unheard of in Brisbane. Still, there are many reliable care providers that
offer legit services. Funding retirement care is something that everyone should understand to know
if the provider they are dealing with is offering their services at a reasonable price.
For example, do you want to save on lump sum payments? Or do you prefer to fund your care
through Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP)? You also need to learn more about Means Tested
Care Fee, which is based on your income and assets. These are important things to learn before
getting the service of an elderly care facility and to avoid frauds.
Myth No. 5: Brisbane Elderly Care is Expensive
It is true that the cost of aged care accommodation has increased in QLD and Brisbane. However,
there are many ways to prepare for this rising cost by consulting professional aged care financial
advisors. It is also common for a man to be worried about spending too much on their domestic care
as they fear the risk of depleting his wealth that he could leave behind his family.
Meanwhile, some men are simply overwhelmed by the complicated process of availing elderly care.
The best thing to do is to work with a financial planner who specialises in managing funds for aged