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Catalyst Foundation offers a variety of informative, interesting in-person seminars on a wide variety of topics.

Accessing Help at Home

It is important to have freedom of choice and support to live independently at home as you get older. In this seminar we discuss the different support service available to help you with your daily tasks, or specific needs.

Key learning outcomes:

  • Understanding what services are available under the Commonwealth Home Support Program
  • Understanding what the eligibility criteria is for each level of service and the process to access the services
  • Learning about other Commonwealth Government funded services that may be appropriate for you

Understanding Aged Care Costs

In this seminar, we discuss fees and charges which apply to consumers who enter residential aged care on or after 1 July 2014. Several common examples are shared and we have plenty of time for Q&A.

Key learning outcomes:

  • How the costs of living in an aged care home are determined
  • What information is needed to assess costs in aged care
  • Who does the financial assessment
  • What options are available to pay the costs
  • What are the implications for Centrelink payments

Retirement Housing

Moving into a retirement village is a big step and involves a large financial commitment so it’s essential that you fully evaluate your options, understand the contract, the costs and benefits involved and the possible impact on your lifestyle.

Key learning outcomes:

  • What to consider – To move or not to move?
  • What options are available in South Australia
  • Possible fees and charges and how they apply
  • Legislation and contracts – what they cover and don’t cover
  • Searching for a retirement village
  • What to look for – a housing design checklist

Financial Planning for Retirement

Retiring from the workforce is a difficult step. Can you afford to do it? Do you have the right strategies in place? Understanding the financial impacts of retiring is important to know and plan for in advance. Making the most out of what you have and ensuring that you obtain any government support available to you can, help create a comfortable retirement.

Key learning outcomes:

  • What level of income or savings is needed in retirement?
  • Strategies to improve your retirement income
  • How to choose a financial planner?
  • How the financial planning process works? What can you expect?
  • Centrelink – an overview of entitlements and eligibility requirements
  • Tips for working with Centrelink

Estate Planning

It’s important to ensure your Will, Power of Attorney and Advance Care Directive are up-to-date and accurately reflect your wishes. This seminar will cut through the legal jargon, and will help you walk through all the important aspects of Estate Planning.

Key learning outcomes:

  • The essential documents that make up your estate plan – Will, Advance Care Directive and Enduring Power of Attorney – and why you need them in place;
  • What happens if you die without a will?
  • What happens when someone dies – what is probate and when is it needed?

If you are or know of a community group needing information about specific topics of relevance to seniors or people with a disability, please call us on (08) 8168 8776 or email us at for more information.

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