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 TENDER to run the NSW Abuse of Older People Helpline and Resource Unit was awarded to aged care operator Catholic Healthcare in December.
IN what can only be described as a triumph for the residents of Queensland’s Southport Lodge hostel, the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency has found that by not rostering on any staff between 8pm and 6.30am, the home does not comply with its responsibilities under the Aged Care Act.
OLDER Australians living in nursing homes already have limited access to medical care and the situation is going to get worse, according to the Australian Medical Association’s 2012 Aged Care Survey.
WHEN temperatures were forecast to exceed 40 degrees Celsius at the beginning of this year, the Hunter Valley Zoo took action to protect its animals, making sure all were housed in air conditioned buildings prior to the onset of the heatwave.