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.
THE NSW Ageing Strategy was released on 9 July and CPSA is very pleased that it includes provisions for an Abuse of Older People Helpline and Resource Unit.
THE PHOTOS shown here are stills from a video produced by NSW Fire and Rescue, known to most as the Fire Brigade.
PUBLIC guardianship refers to a government-employed individual being appointed by the Supreme Court or Guardianship Tribunal to make health and welfare decisions on behalf of someone deemed incapable of making those decisions on their own.
THE SYDNEY Morning Herald’s Mark Metherell, who seems to have a penchant for reporting aged care providers’ clamourings for more money (we can’t recall Mr Metherell ever writing a story on quality in aged care) published a story about the sector’s unhappiness with the aged care reform package announced on 20 April 2012.
FIRST up, the Government has been talking about keeping people in their homes. This means that in future it should be easier to get what is now called a Community Aged Care Package, which is nursing home level care delivered in somebody’s own home. From 1 July 2014, these packages will be called Home Care Packages.