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If family members are in a nursing home, it’s difficult to know if they’re getting the care they need. Here are some ways to find out. Nancy Beijersbergen/from www.shutterstock.com

How to check if your mum or dad’s nursing home is up to scratch

If you've read the headlines about poor standards in Australia's nursing homes, it's only natural to be concerned about your own family or friends in residential aged care.
Helen Haines (centre-right) made history at the election as the first federal independent to succeed another independent. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Independent MP Helen Haines on using ‘soft power’

Independent MP Helen Haines on using ‘soft power’ The Conversation, CC BY27.1 MB (download)
Helen Haines, who does not have the real legislative power her predecessor, Cathy McGowan shared after the Coalition fell into minority government, says "building relationships is key to getting things done".
Home care providers’ profits are growing but many older Australians are missing out on quality care. The Conversation / Shutterstock

Confused about aged care in the home? These 10 charts explain how it works

This week the aged care royal commission heard evidence of long waits for home care, poorly trained staff and high fees. These 10 charts explain how the system works and why it's under such pressure.
Many older Australians prefer to stay at home than enter residential aged care – but the process of securing home care is riddled with complexities. From shutterstock.com

As home care packages become big business, older people are not getting the personalised support they need

An elderly lady needs to change the time a carer visits to help her shower. The reality of today's market-driven home care system means she has to call a centralised 1800 number to arrange this.

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