If Australia created more age-friendly neighbourhoods — which really are more liveable for everyone — then we wouldn’t have to rely so heavily on underfunded, substandard aged-care homes.
Integrated care is the way forward in Asian societies — this is the best solution for maintaining a high quality of life among older adults.
Part of the solution might be a Medicare-style levy.
Thanks to review upon review, we have plenty of evidence about the problems in aged care. But federal governments have shown ‘a lack of willingness to commit to change’.
The free market experiment in residential aged care is failing older Australians. Rebuilding trust in the system starts with valuing residents’ rights, and holding government and providers to account.