The purpose of an assets assessment is to determine whether a person may be eligible to pay an accommodation payment, or if the aged care home is eligible to receive an Australian Government subsidy on behalf of a person. An assets assessment also helps to clarify the maximum accommodation payment a person may be asked to pay.
An enduring power of attorney is a legal agreement that enables a person to appoint a trusted person – or people – to make financial and/or property decisions on their behalf. An enduring power of attorney is an agreement made by choice that can be executed by anyone over the age of 18, who has full legal capacity. ‘Full legal capacity’ means that the person must be able to understand the nature and effect of the document they are completing and the nature and extent of their estate. See the Enduring Power of Attorney page on the Office of the Public Advocate website.
An enduring power of guardianship (EPG) is a legal document that authorises a person of your choice to make important personal, lifestyle and treatment decisions on your behalf should you become incapable of making such decisions. This person is known as an enduring guardian. An enduring guardian could be authorised to make decisions about matters such as where you live, the support services you have access to and the treatment you receive. An enduring guardian is not authorised to make property or financial decisions on your behalf. See the Enduring Power of Guardianship (EPG) page on the Office of the Public Advocate website.
An Advance Health Directive (AHD) is a legal document that enables you to make decisions about any future treatment you would want – or not want – if you ever became sick or injured and were incapable of communicating your wishes. In such circumstances, your AHD would effectively become your voice. The term ‘treatment’ includes medical, surgical and dental treatments, including palliative care and life-sustaining measures. An AHD would come into effect only if it applied to the treatment you required and only if you were unable to make reasoned judgements at the time that the treatment was required. More information is available on the Advance Health Directives page of the Office of the Public Advocate website.
To make an Advance Health Directive you must be at least 18 years of age and have full legal capacity (this means you must be capable of understanding the nature and effect of your Advance Health Directive).
If you meet these criteria, you can make an AHD by completing the prescribed AHD form, available from the www.health.wa.gov.au website, or we can give you a form if you are a resident in one of our residential aged care facilities.
All rooms are furnished with essential furniture, such as a comfortable bed and storage for your clothes. You are welcome to bring items to personalise your room and help you feel at home. Please discuss what you’d like to bring with your facility manager.