June 12, 2019
Brian Herd

I went to an aged care facility – and this is what I saw

By Brian Herd, Partner at CRH Law, our Lead Legal Professionals at Heather Hill Pathways. I had been asked to see a single, elderly man who , following a fall at his home of over 30 years, had been, as they say, ‘placed’ in the facility, some one week before, by […]
September 16, 2018
Brian Herd

When it comes to aged care – speed is of the essence!

By Brian Herd, Partner at CRH Law, our Lead Legal Professionals at Heather Hill Pathways. If you’re a current full age pensioner and you need to consider moving into residential aged care, here is a salutary story about not dilly dallying when it comes to getting into action mode. We all […]
November 29, 2017
Brian Herd

From home to hospital to …?

By Brian Herd, Partner at CRH Law, our Lead Legal Professionals at Heather Hill Pathways. This might sound familiar to some of you –”Your mum’s had a fall, she’s in hospital and she can’t go home” We suspect those words are often said each day by hospital staff to family members. […]
August 23, 2017

Keep your spouse close but your parents closer

By Brian Herd, Partner at CRH Law, our Lead Legal Professionals at Heather Hill Pathways. For all those baby boomers embarking on a long and sustained period of well-deserved and well-saved for later life pleasure (also known as ‘retiring’ ‘withdrawing’, ‘going away’, ‘leaving’ or ‘retreating’), – stop – think again – […]
May 9, 2017

Calling all Boomers – So you want to be your Parent’s Carer?

By Brian Herd, Partner at CRH Law, our Lead Legal Professionals at Heather Hill Pathways. We do a lot of work in the area of family arrangements involving adult children providing care to, or for, their parent/s.  It is on the rise and likely to exponentially increase as we live longer […]
March 29, 2017

PPST! Some secrets about the refundable accommodation deposit (RAD) in Aged Care

By Brian Herd, Partner at CRH Law, our Lead Legal Professionals at Heather Hill Pathways. Many families have been there – Mum has had a fall and is languishing in hospital.  The medical advice (and the hospital’s demand) is that she can’t go home but needs to go into an aged […]
March 13, 2017

More Parent Piracy

By Brian Herd, Partner at CRH Law, our Lead Legal Professionals at Heather Hill Pathways. A recent Queensland court decision has thrown up some very worrying issues in relation to parents being fleeced by their children. The Facts Two elderly parents of limited means and with other children, provided the sum […]
January 16, 2017

The Tempatations of ‘Private’ Care

By Brian Herd, Partner at CRH Law, our Lead Legal Professionals at Heather Hill Pathways. “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” so said Winston Churchill when ruminating about Russia’s intentions at the start of World War 2. In today’s context, he could just as easily have been […]
December 23, 2016

What did he want for Christmas? – His Mother-in-Law Out!

By Brian Herd, Partner at CRH Law, our Lead Legal Professionals at Heather Hill Pathways. There wasn’t much time for pleasantries with my new client, Barry when he came to see me just before Christmas last year.  He put it succinctly and passionately in the first few minutes of our discussion: […]