Once in a generation change for aged care in Australia

This week, as part of the 2021-22 Budget, the Australian Government announced a $17.7 billion package of support for aged care in response to the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. The reforms will deliver respect, care and dignity for senior Australians, and place a critical focus on the quality… Continue reading Once in a generation change for aged care in Australia

“The medical system is not trained to help people die.” Why make an advanced care plan?

(Image: JD Mason)

Most people want to spend their last hours at home with loved ones, but are dying in hospitals instead. More than 70 per cent of Australians prefer to die at home or in a home-like setting, yet less than 14 per cent do so. This is despite more than 60 per cent of Australian deaths… Continue reading “The medical system is not trained to help people die.” Why make an advanced care plan?

Why Is No-One Riding this Regional Bus?

The Woodstock-to-Cowra bus has not yet had any passengers. (Image: Alison Rutledge)

Today was yet another empty bus-ride for the regional town of Woodstock’s hard-won bus service. Transport NSW recently granted the initiative $12,000 for a bus service to get elderly passengers to town, but it has had no passengers, as reported last week by the ABC. Despite further advertising from organisers and community groups, no-one rode… Continue reading Why Is No-One Riding this Regional Bus?

It’s Back! Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds in 2021

Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds returns for season 2 on April 6.

Guess what? Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds is back! The ABCTV docuseries that warmed Australia’s hearts in 2019 returns on April 6 with new participants and a twist. The show tests the merits of intergenerational care for all to see. The first season brought ten four-year-olds into a Sydney retirement home to engage… Continue reading It’s Back! Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds in 2021

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Report released

Press Release: 01 March 2021 The Australian Government welcomes the Final Report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, which has today been tabled in Parliament. The Royal Commission’s Final Report recognises the immense effort of the aged care sector and also brings the challenges of aged care services into clear focus.… Continue reading Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Report released

Australians’ Aged Care Expectations Not Met, Transparency Needed

Image: Manny Becerra on Unsplash

A new research paper by Flinders University shows that aged care falls far short of the Australian public’s expectations. Research Paper 20, Australia’s aged care system: the quality of care experience and community expectations, was published today by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. It will inform the Royal Commissioners ahead of… Continue reading Australians’ Aged Care Expectations Not Met, Transparency Needed

Campaign Targets Voters to Demand Aged Care Reform

Australian Aged Care Collaboration: Time to care about aged care. Image: Christina Serí on Unsplash

“Time to care about aged care” is the slogan of a national campaign formed yesterday to promote an overhaul of the Australian aged care system. The campaign, run by six peak bodies forming the Australian Aged Care Collaboration (AACC), will target 30 electorates with high percentages of older voters to call for government to follow… Continue reading Campaign Targets Voters to Demand Aged Care Reform

$850 Million Won’t Solve Home Care Deficit

Home care packages are needed to help older Australians to live at home Photo by CDC on Unsplash

The Government has increased the amount of home care packages for the elderly, but it’s just a small dent in demand. On December 16 10,000 new home care packages worth over $850 million were announced, bringing to 40 000 the total new home care packages announced this financial year. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the additional… Continue reading $850 Million Won’t Solve Home Care Deficit

Easier Access to Personal Monitoring Technology

Press Release: Easier Access to Personal Monitoring Technology The Federal Government is making it easier for Senior Australians in self isolation to access personal monitoring technology. The push-button or automated monitoring systems alert a family member or staffed centre in an emergency. To acheive this the government is allowing Commonwealth Home Support Programme service providers… Continue reading Easier Access to Personal Monitoring Technology

Stay Independent! How A Shipping Container Granny Flat Can Help

Not everyone in their twilight years needs to reside in an aged care facility, or even a retirement village for that matter. Retirement villages might be great for some, but they’re not for everybody. You might want to be closer to your family instead of shooting the breeze with other retirees, but at the same time… Continue reading Stay Independent! How A Shipping Container Granny Flat Can Help

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