Entering the aged care system is often a difficult time for many families. We, or someone we love, face the prospect of a loss of independence. It can all be very scary.
What’s more, the financial aspects of the aged care system are incredibly complex. What fees do you have to pay? When do you have to pay them? To whom do you have to pay them? How does being in residential care affect your Centrelink entitlements? Your super arrangements? Your estate plans?
We can assist you to fully understand your financial situation and the way that this interacts with your aged care. This involves things like:
- Working out the type and quality of care you can afford;
- Working out the costs of this care;
- Arranging to pay your accommodation and care fees that apply;
- Ensuring you maximise your Centrelink pension and any other entitlements;
- Best managing your family home and other significant assets; and
- Simply ensuring that your time in aged care is as financially comfortable as possible.
In the best cases, planning for aged care should start well before the need for aged care arises. The planning should start when your retirement planning starts – aged care is, after all, part of your retirement. And starting the planning process as early as possible lets you also ensure that this planning complements the other elements of your financial plan, such as your estate planning.
That said, it is also never too late for good planning. So, if aged care is already a reality, then get in touch with us and make sure that you make that reality as pleasant and satisfying as possible.
Director and Financial Planner
Shane has been running a thriving practice since 1998. Having cut his teeth with St George Bank, he initially set up as a mortgage broker, before adding financial planning in 2006. Shane combines these decades of experience with an Associate Diploma in Accounting and Diplomas in Financial Planning and Finance & Banking.
Shane works with clients, young and not so young, providing assistance with every aspect of their financial profile. On the mortgage broking side, Shane assists clients with all forms of lending, including residential property loans, investment property loans and lines of credit. Refinancing is a specialty, as is vehicle and equipment finance. Shane’s business owning clients love the attention to detail he brings to their business lending requirements.
On the financial planning side, wealth management and insurance are key interests, as is assisting young people establish their financial footholds with things like the first home. Many of these young clients are the adult children of older clients who have been with Shane for many years. Shane finds these ‘inter-generational’ referrals especially gratifying, honoured that his clients see him as the natural source of information and inspiration for their own children. Similarly, most of Shane’s ‘new’ clients are referred to him by very satisfied current clients.
Shane is also keenly interested in self managed superannuation, and many of his clients benefit enormously from his expertise in this area. He provides assistance at every stage of the SMSF journey, from establishing the fund, maintaining compliance, developing and implementing effective investment strategies including property investment, preparing and lodging tax returns and closing funds when they are no longer required.
On the personal side, Shane is actively involved in the local sporting community, especially cricket, AFL, soccer and netball.
Shane Plumridge is an authorised representative (305984) of Wealth Today Pty Ltd (AFSL 340289). Shane is also an authorised credit representative (376728) of Mortgage Wisdom Australia Pty Ltd (ACL 377272).
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