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New podcast series breaks down complexities of aged care

Navigating the aged care maze is something families face on a daily basis. Often this is an overwhelming experience, full of information that is increasingly complex and left to the children and close family members to assist with navigating the system.

A new series of podcasts aims to break down the complexities op the aged care system, by creating conversations with experts across Australia on a range of topics.

The Caring for Seniors podcasts have been created by Samantha Bowen, Managing Director and Founder of the Acorn Network and advocate of the caring industry, and Li Xia, founder and CEO of Kind, a website delivering home care services to help seniors remain independent in their own homes.

The new information source is a result of the struggle with the aged care system Ms Bowen and Mr Xia encountered when caring for their own parents.

They realised there could be a better way to get information out there and started the Caring for Seniors podcast to bring in trusted experts to discuss issues and topics that can be overwhelming to research alone.

The podcasts are available online on the Caring for Seniors website and have also been integrated in the information section of the new AgedCareGuide website, giving consumers a complete overview of aged care essential topics.

In each episode, experts from aged care, health and supporting industries inform the public on a range of topics people encounter during their aged care journey, in easy to understand language without any of the aged care ‘jargon’.

“When my Dad had his hip surgery I looked through, what felt like, hundreds of websites to find information that helped me understand how I could be help my Dad,” Mr Xia says.

“Knowing where to go, and being able to listen to an expert would have really help reduce my anxiety.”

Topics of the Caring for Seniors podcasts include ‘How to find a nursing home’ and ‘What is consumer directed care’, but also covers more difficult subjects like  ‘Dying to know’ and ‘Elder Abuse’.

Each episode is around 20 minutes in length to allow for easy listening, and aims to reduce the fear and overwhelm individuals and their family have about the aged care industry.

“We have talked to experts about how to have difficult conversations, what CDC means, home care options, and how to find a nursing home,” Ms Bowen says.

“One of the most interesting podcasts we have recorded has been around talking about death and dying.”

“I know it is definitely something I avoid, but being able to discuss with my grandparents and my husband about their wants and wishes with compassion and understand that it’s ok to talk about this. You don’t have to wait until it happens. It’s ok to plan for it.  It was definitely reassuring and less scary,” she adds.

The Caring For Seniors podcast will continue to build a library of topics that promote the industry, allowing experts in their fields to reach hundreds of people hungry for information that cuts through the jargon and highlights where to go for further support.

Episodes will continue to be added to the relevant information pages on AgedCareGuide.com.au as they become available. Articles that include the podcasts are:

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