Access to quality aged care when required should be available to everyone who needs it at an affordable price. People should be able to access adequate care within their own homes, with nursing home care being a last resort for those with high care, complex needs.
Mandatory staff to resident ratios should be used in aged care facilities to ensure quality of care and lifestyle of residents are achieved and maintained.
The Aged Care Complaints Investigation Scheme should be overhauled to ensure its operations reflect best-practice in complaints handling and to ensure its independence.
CPSA is fundamentally opposed to forcing people who have no other significant assets to sell or reverse mortgage their home to pay for residential or community aged care.
NURSING homes take no responsibility for getting residents to medical appointments. Residents must make their own arrangements.
At least five Australian nursing home residents have died while strapped or restrained in beds and chairs in recent years.
The USA’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommends minimum nursing care of 4.1 hours per nursing home resident per day. Data shows that below this level, some residents are at risk of being harmed and that 2.9 hours is the critical point at which things really start to go wrong with all residents, regardless of the severity of their care needs.
A numer of changes to home care packages will come into effect on 27 February 2017. The changes come as part of a broader push towards ‘consumer directed’ aged care.