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‘To me, it’s not a job’: Mum named Home Instead Australia’s CAREGiver of 2023

Julianne Tombleson, caregiver for Home Instead Sydney Eastern Suburbs and Sutherland Shire, has been named in-home aged care provider Home Instead Australia’s CAREGiver of the Year for 2023. Awarded at a gala event in Sydney, Julianne said she was honoured to win among an incredible field of finalists.

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The signs a loved one is ready for an aged care home

It is very rare for an ageing parent to put their hand up and ask for help. The likely reality is that the decision to move mum or dad into an aged care home generally comes after a sudden event that forces the family into action. Often this causes considerable stress for both the older person and the family as they try to navigate the system.

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What is a Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD)?

At AgedCare101, we are often asked how an individual can afford to enter residential aged care when the entry price can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s important to understand that there are several options to pay for entry into an aged care home – and there is an option for every older Australian regardless of their income and assets.

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What are the real costs of retirement living?

Retirement living is attractive, with many villages at full or near-full occupancy. However, the one question we often receive about entering a retirement village is for help to understand the financial details.

A special thanks to our contributors

Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.