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Building Defensible Decisions About Staying at Home

September 20, 2022 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am AEST

Breakfast meeting building defensible decisions for old people to stay at home

This breakfast event is for professional advisers, commercial service providers and those working in the care sector with older clients who are deciding whether to stay at home or go into care.


Building defensible decisions about staying at home

Date: Tuesday 20 September 2022

Time: 7.30am for 8am until 9.30am

Venue: Swissôtel Sydney, 68 Market Street, Sydney NSW 2000

RSVP: By Monday 19th September 2022 (strictly limited places available) BOOK HERE

Cost: This event is free but booking is essential.


Why you need to attend

In Australia we have an increasingly ageing population, many of whom will, at some stage, face the decision of whether to stay in their own homes or move to residential care.

Deciding whether to stay in your home or choose one of the other care options available can be stressful and confusing for everyone involved.

As care providers, service providers and advisors, we need to get better at supporting these decisions. How do we ensure the will and preference of the person under care is properly considered during the decision-making process? How do we ensure and demonstrate that the conversations we have with the person under care are in their best interests and that we are acting in the best interests of our client?



This event will take a case study approach and six experts working in key related fields will discuss how they respond to the case from their various disciplines and perspectives. There will be time for Q&A and discussion after the presentations.



Michael Perkins, Founder and Principal, Autonomy First Lawyers

Rebecca Glover, Co-founder / Executive Director, MyExSitu

Shannon Chin, Founder, Fit Minds Australia

Amanda Keogh, Business Development Manager, Prestige Inhome Care

Wayne Lear. Senior Wealth Advisor, Financial Clarity

Stephen Newnham, Director of Business Development, Pension Boost, and Business Growth and Strategic Alliance Consultant Oakham Grove


When can I assume capacity?

During the decision-making process, the capacity of the person under care is often assumed. But can we really carry on doing this? How do we reconcile doing this with the fact that the majority of people over a certain age are statistically likely to have issues with capacity and dignity of risk?

You can only assume capacity for as long as you are not on notice of a capacity trigger. The session will explain what you can do when faced with a capacity trigger.


The business of cognitive responsive practice

  • Being in the business of achieving your client’s defined outcomes.
  • Assuming and evidencing decision-making capacity once a capacity trigger occurs
  • Extending to clients the dignity of risk
  • Working consistently with the National Decision Making Principles
  • Working collaboratively for optimum client outcomes concurrently with other professionals
  • Being cognitive responsive in your professional approach and practicing the ethics of care
  • Evidencing the informed consent of your client to high stakes decisions where appropriate to your engagement


Outcomes: What will I learn?

The purpose of this event is to equip attendees with a cognitive-responsive and collaborative way to talk to someone about whether or not to stay at home. The speakers will use their tools to show  how they contribute to helping the client resolve this complex problem.

After attending this event you will be equipped with a list of questions to use in conversations about staying at home. You will be able to use an approach to conversations about staying at home that will follow – and provide evidence that we are following – the will and preference of the person under care. This approach will support – and show that we are supporting – the decision making ability of the client.

Evidencing how we support and safeguard the will and preference of our client is becoming a key quality safeguard around our professional and commercial practice.




Swissôtel Sydney
68 Market Street
Sydney, NSW
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