Aged Care

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. These ratios must be based on the care needs and clinical acuity of residents.

The accreditation process must be overhauled to ensure that aged care providers provide a level of care that meets the needs of residents, based on an objective assessment of the care outcomes experienced by residents.

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.

Read CPSA's full aged care policy here

Single Quality Framework

In a few months' time the accreditation systems and quality standards for aged care provided in nursing homes and at home will be replaced with the Single Quality Framework.

Read more: Single Quality Framework

Class action against Opal Aged Care

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Opal Aged Care for failing to protect residents from the deadly 2011 fire at Quakers Hill Nursing Home.

Read more: Class action against Opal Aged Care

Oakden scandal not just a state issue

The South Australian ICAC has made findings against a number of state officials. However, the fact remains that audits by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA) did not pick up the horrendous failings at Oakden. 

Read more: Oakden scandal not just a state issue

Aged care professionals moonlight as assessors

Courier Mail recently reported that over half of aged care assessors have ties to the nursing home industry. These conflict of interest allegations are yet to be denied. 

Read more: Aged care professionals moonlight as assessors

Aged care waiting lists

Late last year the Department of Health published the waiting list for Home Care Packages (HCP). As at 30 September 2017, there were 101,508 people waiting for an HCP. Of those people 40,806 had an HCP but not at the level they required.

Read more: Aged care waiting lists

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