It’s Easy To Forget How Far You’ve ComeMay 24, 2022 2:57 am
Perhaps it’s just human nature, but when you are so focused on the doing, it’s easy to forget how far you’ve come. I’ve been reflecting recently on the work we do at McLean Care, and the overall progress made in the Aged Care sector over the past 8 years. Emerging from an industry wide depleted workforce, ongoing crisis management and the pandemic, Aged Care is now experiencing a very positive and a once in a generation industry change.
Australians over the aged of 90 are now the fastest growing part of our population. The number of Australian centenarians rose by more than 30% in the period 2013-2018. Even for those with poor health, people are living longer. It is estimated that by the year 2050 over 50,000 centenarians will require care.
Whilst there is still much work to do, deregulation and continuous improvement has meant that older Australians are now firmly in control to determine the choices that affect the quality and direction of their later life.
The Aged Care service model focus has shifted from a medical structured aged care model to a holistic wellness focused model.
This change in focus is central to the success of Aged Care services in general and is perfectly aligned with McLean Care’s model of care delivery that provides families peace of mind their loved one is well-cared for in a respectful and dignified manner, and one befitting a life well lived and loved.
Every industry has their struggles, and the Aged Care sector has been the subject of much focus and attention. The systemic issues raised in the Royal Commission, highlighted the need for increased government funding and better qualification and higher wages and career certainty for Aged Care workers. We too want this for all McLean Care Aged Care workers to support the best outcomes for our clients and residents.
At McLean Care, we have a lot to be proud of. I am constantly encouraged and inspired by our carers who deliver the valuable care and services to so many older Australians.
I’m proud of the unconditional care and service our staff deliver providing valuable engagement and forging deep human connections to our clients and residents. The work they do affects so many and we often hear from our clients and residents, “I don’t know what I would do without you”.
Thank you to all of our clients for trusting in us and being a part of the McLean Care family.
Sue Thompson – Chief Executive Officer