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Aug 07

Quality of Life - Funding the Supported Care Bucket List

Posted by Ian Campbell on Tuesday, August 07, 2018

 

The report on World Population and Ageing (1950 - 2050) was prepared to give a clear account of the demographics and potential outcomes of unprecedented population ageing. If you'd like to read it, here's the link.

We don't often consider the 'if's, buts and maybe's' when it comes to quality of life as we age. Health impediments can hold us back. A condition may creep up, cast a gloomy shadow over our plans, what then? We have this vague notion that once we retire we'll take it easy, slow down, maybe travel and spend more time doing the things we want to do, but couldn't during our busy years. We want the best quality of life doing the things we like to do, whether it's going out with friends for lunch, travel or just pottering in the garden, and we don't want our kids to worry about us and likely made the decision early on not to go into aged care.

So what do we do? How do we plan for quality independence? More and more baby boomers and future generations want to maximise life experiences without the impost of caregiver burden on family. Bucket list experiences will be integral and it will take creative and flexible services to assist people to realise these aspirations with minimal fuss within a cost effective model.

There are lots of reasons to develop a bucket list. The Bucket List Guy gives reasons why a bucket list is a good idea, what do you think? How do we create a bucket list blueprint for the future (with carer support) and how do we fund it?