Members of Parliament and Shadow Ministers meet with Elements Residents

At Elements, we don’t believe in following blindly along a path others have decided we should take. Our like-minded group of residents know the importance of keeping up to date with the latest political changes, whether they concern us, our children, our grandchildren or much farther into the future’s family tree.

To this end, we regularly invite guest speakers and encourage informative community get-togethers to our village.  This month’s busy agenda included the Member for Rankin and Shadow Minister for Finance – Jim Chalmers, and the Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health – the Hon. Julie Collins, join us for our monthly residents meeting.

More than 60 residents listened eagerly and contributed questions which either dealt with their own personal experiences, our community, or the wider Brisbane community. Some questions had been sent in advance giving our guests time to research unbiased and informative responses.

The subject matter was government funding for care – in home support, home care and nursing home care.  Questions were deliberated and discussed during an expansive Q&A session, including costs and caps, the separation of couples in care environments, short time respite care, and ACAT and RAS referrals.

The residents committee also questioned the Shadow Minister of Finance on fees, franking credits, self-funded retiree rights and the financial aspects of long-term retirement village accommodation leases.  As usual, the monthly meeting ended with coffee and cake, an extra course to add to the food for thought we had already been given.

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