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.
CPSA receives many calls from members and people in the community struggling with nursing homes. It’s not usually something that people think too much about until they find themselves looking for a nursing home, either for themselves or someone close to them.
CPSA regularly gets inquiries about what happens to the family home when you go into a nursing home.
The Australian Government has released a paper proposing massive changes to the way the quality of aged care is measured. Currently, there are different Aged Care Standards used to assess care delivered at home and care delivered in a nursing home, but this distinction will be axed under the new proposal called the Single Aged Care Quality Framework.
Grocery shopping was becoming a real problem for Jill. At 84, driving in suburban traffic was becoming too much for her. The car park at the super market started to scare her. And her feet hurt after walking the aisles of the supermarket for her weekly shop. They hurt so badly that it took the rest of the day to recover.
NURSING homes take no responsibility for getting residents to medical appointments. Residents must make their own arrangements.