4 November 2019

Changing the Aged Care System in Australia

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By Michael Rambaldini

Director | Certified Financial Planner | Aged Care Professional

The call to urgently overhaul the current aged care system in Australia has drawn out reactions from many sections of the community.

This is after the Royal Commission into Aged Care released its interim report saying that there’s a “sad and shocking aged care system that diminishes Australia as a nation”.

Incidents of harassment received by elderly patients in aged care facilities has become widespread and families of these elderly patients have raised their concerns about their loved ones. A lot have endured so much trauma from abuse surrounding carers and facility attendants.

Apart from delayed care packages that these seniors have been hoping to receive, there’s a great need to focus on these three major components:

  • More access to home care – By allowing elderly people to maximise their freedom at home, care packages for them at home must be readily made available.
  • Discourage the use of chemical restraint for these elderly patients – as it poses a lot of danger to their health and safety.
  • Preventing young Australians with disability to end up in aged care facilities – so only those elderly patients will be prioritised and proper benefits will be given to those who are meant to receive them.

Early this year, royal commissioners Richard Tracey and Lynelle Briggs started to conduct detailed reports about this existing crisis hoping to highlight reform to the whole aged care scenario. Unfortunately, the untimely passing of Tracey on 11 October 2019 left so many people still asking how aged care related issues can be resolved.

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