When faced with a family crisis the last thing you want to be doing is searching for your loved one’s important legal, financial and official records. Unfortunately this is the reality that many families have to deal with – often at the most difficult of times.
I spent untold hours searching through desks, filing cabinets and hiding places in order to get the affairs of my sister together after her sudden health decline. My sister was no longer in any capacity to assist me, so together with the lawyers, we were left to do the ringing and investigation. Three years on we are still discovering new shares that we were unaware she owned.
(Margaret, Rosebud Vic)
Although most of us are aware that legal documents are necessary for end of life arrangements, they are often needed for a variety of other reasons before then:
- Determining eligibility for Government funded Home Care
- Applying for a pension or seniors card
- Selling a home
- Moving into Residential Care
- Preparing a Living Will
Proactively organising, locating and keeping copies of essential documents can save you and your family time and worry. It will also give you peace of mind ensuring there is no delay in the provision of aged care services or care.
Naturally not everyone wishes to disclose or hand over details of their personal finances, even to their children. Although privacy can be maintained by storing these sensitive documents in a locked draw or with a trusted financial advisor. However, the consequences of not sharing this information with a decision maker may result in lengthy delays in organising care, create avoidable angst, and ultimately run the risk of funds being unclaimed by loved ones named in a Will. So for the smoothest transitions and transactions in later life for you and your family, locate your documents – now.
Contact CareAbout on 1300 537 354 to help you find the best aged care providers for your care needs.