A social insurance model would use compulsory contributions from worker salaries to cover the cost of aged care services. But it’s not a silver bullet to fix our aged-care funding crisis.
One proposal to fund the rising costs of aged care is a Medicare-style levy. However, this seemingly neat solution isn’t the answer to our aged care funding problems. Here’s why.
A study of 85 policies at all levels of government shows the focus in Australia is on residential care homes. Most older people are not in care, but their need for age-friendly cities is overlooked.
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We spent 312 hours observing 39 residents at six Australian aged care facilities to find out how and where they spend their time across the day.
Caring work hasn’t been properly valued for a century, in part because it is thought of as women’s work
Only 4% of for-profit aged care providers are in the highest quality tier.
It’s time to rethink these physical environments with peoples’ fundamental human needs at the heart of design.
We measured financial literacy among 589 informal carers that substantially helped an older person make a decision about paying for residential aged care. Less than half were financially literate.
There will need to be substantial increases in staffing across the sector in the next two years.
New research suggests many Australians are supportive of a levy to improve the aged care system.
The royal commission into aged care has opened a priceless window for reform. A Grattan Institute report says this requires more funding, local accountability, and a louder voice for older Australians.
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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.
‘It’s really an appalling story of lack of accountability [and] lack of oversight by this government’, says Michelle Grattan on the findings in the interim report from the aged care royal commission.
Michelle Grattan discusses this week in politics with University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor Leigh Sullivan.
If residents are given poor quality foods that don’t meet their needs or preferences, they’re less likely to eat it.
Cost-cutting, funding that doesn’t reward good food, and residents not having a voice contribute to poor quality nutrition in our aged care homes. That can be devastating. But there is a better way.
Previous reviews into aged care have come up with findings sure to be repeated in the royal commission.
Four Corners this week revealed understaffing and poor staff training in aged care. These issues have also been found in previous reviews into aged care.
When an ageing person is forced to move out of their family home, that can trigger a host of problems that policy is doing little to prevent.
Millions of older Australians live in houses that don’t safely meet their needs, but they’re not ready for a nursing home. Lack of suitable housing and the moving costs leave them with nowhere to go.
Elder abuse covers physical, sexual, psychological, emotional and financial abuse.
A report that recommends 43 ways to prevent elder abuse acknowledges we don’t even know how often it occurs in Australia.
Personal care attendants are responsible for residents’ personal hygiene – they’re not trained to undertake more complex assessments.
Nursing home providers looking to cut costs are bypassing registered nurses and employing less-skilled personal care attendants (PCAs) who aren’t trained for the job.
The rise of care is the biggest economic story of our time – but one rarely celebrated.
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Often the same centres in need of more care workers are those with high local unemployment.
In addition to bed availability, look for specialist dementia wards, skilled staff and good communication channels.
Admitting a loved one to a nursing home is a difficult decision and is usually only arrived at once the person’s care needs cannot be met by the family and community-based services.