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Elderly farmers should start the aged care conversation early

Transitioning into aged care can be a daunting experience for some.

It can be even more challenging for people from farming communities who have spent their lives on the land before transitioning into a new environment.

Seeds of Advice principal and financial adviser Susan Bryant said it’s a conversation that elderly farmers need to have, and while it’s not easy, it’s imperative the discussion takes place.

“I tell my clients they either have it now when they have some control or have it around the hospital bed at 1am, but you will have it,” Bryant said.

She added that elderly farmers are an adaptable generation and like all people who are ageing, they will alter their routine to accommodate.

“One of the unique qualities of the farming business is that you hone it all into one: if they stop work then their lives will stop basically. Their home is their work,” she said.

How do farmers decide between home or residential care and what happens to their livelihood once they enter a facility?

Bryant who has 15 years’ experience working with rural families in and around Toowoomba, and specialises in developing financial planning strategies for rural generational farmers, speaks to us about having that conversation about aged care.

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