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


Return of the aged care robot

'We don't even have Wi-Fi': a descriptive study exploring current use and availability of communication technologies in residential aged care, by Wendy Moyle et al surveyed nursing homes and found a lag in uptake of modern communication technologies.

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Correction

The August 2018 VOICE article Are nursing homes disappearing? contains an error.

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Some nursing homes are disappearing!

In January of this year, the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency closed down The Ritz nursing home in Leura (NSW). It failed 30 out of 44 criteria.

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Are nursing homes disappearing?

Something curious is happening in residential aged care. 

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Unannounced audits

One of the Government responses to the Oakden nursing home scandal was to make all aged care audits unannounced.

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